July 2020 | Your connection to literacy tips, trainings and resources
In this Issue:
  • Literacy is the Foundation of a Free Democracy
  • Message on Racial Justice
  • Coping with COVID Mental Health Resources
  • New Virtual Plain Language Training
  • Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19
  • COABE National Conference Sharing
  • Moving Your Fundraiser Online
  • Join the Open Door Collective
Wisconsin Literacy News
Literacy is the Foundation of a Free Democracy
“Literacy is the fertilizer needed for development and democracy to take root and grow.”

To vote and complete the US Census, adults must understand:
  • how the process works;
  • who can participate; and
  • when they can participate. 

Whether you teach a focused civics class or want to infuse real-life situations into your general adult education lessons, the 2020 Census and elections provide great opportunities to engage adult learners and tutors in US democracy.

Read the article for information you can share with your learners and tutors about Census taking and absentee voting.
A Message on Racial Justice
Like many organizations, we recently released a message about racial justice and a page of resources that we hope can help begin a journey to a better understanding of white privilege and Black History. The two are intimately interwoven.

And, like many organizations, Wisconsin Literacy has its own work to do to stand behind our commitment to work toward a just society for all. We look forward to the opportunity to learn, grow, do and serve - both as individuals and as a team.

Recently, Michele Erikson, Executive Director of Wisconsin Literacy, read an interview with Jacqueline Novogratz, author of Manifesto for Moral Revolution, and was struck by her words around moving forward with racial justice:

“... I want future generations to look back on us and say,
‘Look how hard they tried’…..”

Success Stories
Meet Oahn from Walworth County Literacy Council
When Oanh came to Walworth County Literacy Council, her goals were to be a good parent (she has sons ages 10 and 8), attain Citizenship, and improve her English.

The path to success wasn’t easy for Oanh but on January 12, 2020, she passed her Naturalization Civics test and Interview for Citizenship.

Member Spotlight:
Walworth County Literacy Council
After Judy Stone, the founder of Walworth County Literacy Council (WCLC), retired, she devoted her time to addressing the pressing literacy issues in Walworth and started building a literacy council from the ground up.

Today, WCLC helps adults achieve their educational goals, primarily through one to one instruction meeting once or twice a week. These pairs work on reading, English as a second language, citizenship preparation, and G.E.D. preparation.

Professional Development
Coping With COVID Mental Health Resources
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in uncharted waters.

We want to support you.

We've collected resources for adults, children and families coping with:
  • stress and anxiety
  • mental illness
  • abuse
  • addiction
New Virtual Plain Language Training
Now that we’re connecting primarily through phone, virtual meetings and email, clear communication is more important than ever. 

Wisconsin Literacy offers a new virtual training series around plain language, with introductory prices. ( Literacy members get a discount. See your RLC/RCC for more information.)

Plain language strategies:
  • save time and money by getting your message across faster.
  • motivate your readers to act quickly and accurately.
  • reduce time you spend prompting readers, clarifying questions, and correcting errors.

Learn more or register for upcoming trainings at: https://wisconsinliteracy.org/training/virtual-plain-language.html

(Wisconsin Literacy members get a discount. Ask your RLC/RCC for more information.)
Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19
The American Red Cross‘s Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 is an online course designed to help individuals support themselves and lend support to others during and following the COVID-19 outbreak.

The topics covered in the course include:
  • recognizing stress
  • practicing mental health first aid
  • caring for yourself
  • supporting your family
  • supporting your coworkers

Each student who completes the course will receive an American Red Cross Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 Online Only certificate upon completion.

COABE National Conference Sharing
Join us as we share with each other what we learned at the 2020 COABE National Conference:

  • July 15 from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Great opportunity to share and learn, whether you attended the conference or not!
Moving Your Fundraiser Online
A panel of literacy programs will share how they moved their fundraisers online. Panelists include Wisconsin Literacy, Literacy Network, Portage County Literacy Council, and Kenosha Literacy Council.

  • July 22nd from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM.
Join the Open Door Collective to Reduce Poverty
WL staff are members of the Open Door Collective (ODC), a collective of practitioners and experts in various fields nationwide that explores the connection between Adult Basic Education and Poverty. 

ODC uses advocacy issue groups to guide and fuel their efforts. These groups produce advocacy papers and presentations to help adult basic skills advocates collaborate with advocates for other issues such as community health, workforce development and employment, criminal justice reform, digital inclusion, older adult services, libraries, and others in order to build an intersectional approach to reducing poverty..

Members of these groups represent diverse cultures, fields and professions who want to work together to reduce poverty and create a more just and open society for all.

You can contribute! Join an issue group that you have experience in addressing or that you want to learn more about. ODC membership is free and open to all individuals. 

Contact Michele at michele@wisconsinliteracy.org with questions.  
Thank You
Please send news you want to share to  info@wisconsinliteracy.org so we can include it in the August 2020 e-news.

Thank you for your support!

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