February 2019
In this Issue:
  • Health Literacy Summit Registration Open
  • Save the Date for The Big Share
  • Join us for Literacy and Libations
  • Special Thanks to Wisconsin Literacy Board
  • Meet Xochitl from Literacy Green Bay
  • Member Spotlight: Buffalo-Pepin Literacy Council
  • Instructor and Tutor Trainings in the Northeast
  • AIM Institute 7th Annual Research to Practice Symposium
  • English Forward Training in Eau Claire and Elkhorn
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants
  • WLI Southeast Regional Scholarship for Postsecondary Ed Available
Wisconsin Literacy News
Health Literacy Summit Registration Open
Join us April 2-3, 2019 (pre-Summit sessions on April 1) for the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit in Madison, WI.

You'll hear from respected experts in the field who take us beyond our everyday discussions and broaden our scope on health literacy. From community health to academia, literacy to communication, and many other professions, the summit theme focuses on "a sharper view through the lens of health literacy."

All Summit registrants must register online and create a user profile. You can view registration instructions here.

FOR WL MEMBERS ONLY - Select the Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. Member Agency discounted registration fee of $150 for the 2 day event. That's a $175 savings!
Save the Date for The Big Share
Mark your calendars . . . The Big Share is March 5th! The Big Share is one day of online giving to support local non-profits dedicated to building an equitable and just community and protecting our environment.

Wisconsin Literacy agencies help people around our state read for pleasure, better understand their health, prepare their kids for success in school, achieve their GED and become more financially literate.

Four Ways YOU can support Wisconsin Literacy in The Big Share: 

  1. MARK MARCH 5, 2019 on your calendar and add this link: wisconsinliteracy.org/the-big-share 
  2. GIVE between 10 am and 11 am – your donation will be matched. You can help Wisconsin Literacy win a $500 prize for most donors or most dollars given in that hour!
  3. BUILD excitement! Watch us on Facebook or Twitter and follow #CSWBigShare. Build the buzz by sharing Wisconsin Literacy updates, memes, and invitations to invest in promoting literacy work!
  4. GROW our network by 34 at 3pm. Tell your friends why you’ve decided to invest in adult literacy and invite them to make a contribution of ANY amount before 4pm on March 5. Our goal is to welcome 34 new donors. 

Please be our champion and help many people benefit from literacy statewide!

We can't wait to celebrate the difference everyone's generosity will make on March 5.
Please join us February 17th from 4-6 pm at Right Bauer Brewing in Sun Prairie to celebrate all of the champions who support literacy across Wisconsin.
Enjoy:
  • a literacy-themed beer
  • Light munchies
  • Live Music
  • #GladICanRead photo booth
  • Stories about how Literacy makes a difference
Stay for dinner - a portion of your purchase benefits Wisconsin Literacy / Wisconsin Health Literacy. 
Please share your invitation with anyone else you think would be interested in learning more about adult and family literacy and health literacy in Wisconsin. 
Special Thanks to the Wisconsin Literacy Board
Thank you to all the board members for Giving Tuesday matches and sending out Annual Reports to interested friends. Thanks to your support, Wisconsin Literacy raised $3,660 through Giving Tuesday and has welcomed new donors.
Success Stories
Meet Xochitl from Literacy Green Bay
Xochitl came to Literacy Green Bay in 2009 because she wanted to be able to read to her daughter in English and help her in school.

Xochitl said, “Some families make the children grow up really fast because they are the only ones who speak English. I didn’t want that for my daughter. That was one of the reasons I started learning English.” 

Member Spotlight: Buffalo-Pepin Literacy Council
Initially formed to help those in the criminal justice system obtain GED certifications and other literacy skills, Buffalo Pepin County Literacy Alliance (BPLA) volunteers soon found that many other community members wanted access to GED accreditation, literacy services and continuing education, and they answered the call.

Professional Development
Instructor and Tutor Trainings in the Northeast
Upcoming trainings free for WI Literacy member instructors and tutors.

February 9, 9:30-11:00 am – Adult Learning Theory at Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay Street, Manitowoc. Explore what motivates adult learners and how they learn.

February 12, 10:00-11:30 am – Strategies for Emerging and Beginning Readers at Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac. Learn reading activities and strategies for adult learners – both English language learners & native speakers.

Interested tutors can register with Anna@wisconsinliteracy.org or 920-212-1649.
AIM Institute 7th Annual Research to Practice Symposium
Reading, Math and The Brain - Connecting the Research & Practices That Work with Guinevere Eden, Doug Fuchs, Lynn Fuchs, and Nancy Jordan
• March 11, 2019, 7:30 -2:30 CT
• FREE!
• Virtual attendance option
English Forward Training in Eau Claire and Elkhorn
Wisconsin Literacy is hosting a tutor training:

Dates: Tuesday, April 16, 9:00-5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 17, 8:00-12:00 pm.
Location: First Congregational UCC, 310 Broadway St., Eau Claire.

Dates: April 29th & 30th from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Gateway Technical College South Building, Room 103
400 County Road H, Elkhorn

*You must attend both sessions

The English Forward training is for tutors and instructors working with ELL (English Language Learners). The training includes how to use the English Forward framework and extensive practice of teaching strategies.  More information on English Forward is available on their website http://literacyforward.org/about-literacy-forward.

The training is free for Wisconsin Literacy members and $35 for non-members.

Resources and Funding Opportunities
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants
Adult Literacy Grants

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funding to organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance in one of the following areas:

Adult Basic Education
GED or High School Equivalency Preparation
English Language Acquisition

CLICK HERE to apply for a 2019 Adult Literacy grant.

Deadline to apply: February 21, 2019 by 10pm CST

Grant announcement: May 9, 2019

Maximum grant amount: $15,000

Please click the link below for a list of the 2018 grant recipients.

Family Literacy Grants

Nonprofit organizations who support the whole family in literacy and are seeking funding are encouraged to apply if they provide the following:

Adult Education Instruction
Children’s Education
Parent and Child Together Time (PACT)

CLICK HERE to apply for a 2019 Family Literacy grant.

Deadline to apply: February 21, 2019 by 10pm CST

Grant announcement: May 9, 2019

Maximum grant amount: $15,000

Please click the link below for a list of the 2018 grant recipients.

Youth Literacy Grants

Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations who help students who are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

Applications for 2019 grant proposals will be available February 28, 2019 and will be due by May 16, 2019.

Please click the link below for a list of the 2018 grant recipients.

WLI Southeast Regional Scholarship for Post-secondary Ed Available
The Wisconsin Literacy - Southeast Regional Scholarship for post-secondary education offers awards through the Anne Marie Pawelke Scholarship Fund and the Nancy Fink Endowment Scholarship Fund to GED/HSED graduates who plan to attend a program of study at an accredited post-secondary institution. Scholarships of $1,000 (in two, $500 increments) may be awarded.
Thank You
Please send any of YOUR news that you think would be of interest to other members for the March 2019 e-news to  info@wisconsinliteracy.org.
 
Thank you for your support!

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