Total Volunteer Hours in March
Volunteer Hours in 2018-19 School Year
Hello  Literacy Source Volunteers,  
This week, we are taking an extra  moment   to show  our  deep appreciation  to you,  our volunteers.   
Whether you  volunteer as a  board member, tutor, instructor, class a ssistant , evening off ice manager, library volunteer, or p rogram support volunteer, we thank you for being such an important part of our community.  As v olunteers,  you are a key component to the success of  our mission  of  reaching and teaching  adults  to help them achieve their goals . Our goal is  that  you find volunteering here   a rewarding experience ,  and feel  well-supported in your work . We hope you see the rewards in the success of  your  students, and  in the sincere  appreciation from  all of our  staff.
Literacy Source volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some of you are computer software developers, retired teachers, university students, realtors, entrepreneurs, artists, former Literacy Source students, and stay-at-home moms. Like our students, each one of you adds to the richness that is Literacy Source by bringing your own unique set of  talents, expertise, skills, and experiences, and these in turn contribute value, diversity, and depth to what we do here. We really appreciate your willingness to commit the time and put in the thought and care that teaching or program support requires. 
We  sincerely thank you for your service and  continued commitment.
With heartfelt thanks,  
Caroline Socha
Literacy Source Volunteer Program Manager 
We are so lucky to work with so many fabulous volunteers!
You're Invited to our Next Literary Mixer!
Please join us for our Spring Literary Mixer on Thursday, May 9 from 6-8:30 pm! 
How it works : Choose a favorite book, and bring the book for an informal show and tell with other volunteers while enjoying a glass of wine or beverage. It's a great way to meet other Literacy Source volunteers and share your love of reading.
P.S. This is not a book donation - you get to take your book home with you. E-books and Kindles are also welcome!
Lockdown Procedures
These emergency procedure signs can be found in various places throughout our learning center, including in each of our classrooms.
Many of you are aware that the Lake City community was hit with a senseless act of violence a couple weeks ago: a car-jacking and shooting very close to our building. We immediately implemented our lockdown and safety procedures, and soon after followed up with our students to ensure we provide any support they might need. While everyone at the center is safe, we thought it would be helpful to provide a reminder of our lockdown procedures:

5 Steps: Lockdown Procedures
Step #1. Lock and close all doors (2 front doors locked and close all doors inside the center). 
Step #2. Close all blinds in the center and shut off lights if needed. 
Step #3. Do not leave the center until directed to do so. 
Step #4. Stay away from windows and doors. 
Step #5. Wait for further instructions from the Executive Director or designated person managing the situation.
There are tri-color notices in all classrooms that outline this along with all our emergency situation procedures (fire, earthquake, and lockdown). Thank you to everyone who reached out to us for assistance and support. While we hope a situation like this doesn't happen again, we will continue to be prepared for all emergency and disaster situations.
Program Highlight: ABE
ABE 4/5 students administering surveys for a class project on the scientific method.
Many people are under the impression that Literacy Source only serves immigrants and refugees with beginning-level English skills, however we also work with students who are native English speakers or who have high listening and speaking skills in English. This program is our Adult Basic Education (ABE) program.
Our ABE program offers classes and tutoring from levels 1-5. We are one of the only schools in King County that offers level 1 reading and writing instruction to adult emergent readers. In our ABE level 4/5 class, students are typically interested in getting their GED, obtaining employment, or attending community college, and our ABE program offers classes and tutoring designed to help them reach these goals. Our ESOL program also focuses on the basic skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and math. As stated in our Literacy Source Instructional Principles: "By focusing on needs of our learners, we often blur the traditional lines between ABE and ESOL, focusing on the basic skills we all need: the ability to listen, speak, read, write, use math, think critically and creatively, and use technology to navigate our lives."
Part of our current strategic plan is to increase the number of ABE students we serve. You can help us by talking about the ABE program when you talk about Literacy Source!
For a taste of how interesting the ABE program is - in our ABE 4/5 class this term, we're approaching the social studies section of the GED by studying the American military presence in SE Asia during the Cold War and Vietnam War period (known in Vietnam as the Resistance War against America). We'll be analyzing both the Vietnamese and American histories of this war, and investigating the effects in Laos and Cambodia as well. To incorporate some language arts, we'll also be reading an excerpt from Thi Bui's graphic novel, The Best We Could Do.
Thi Bui's 'The Best We Could Do' was selected for Seattle Public Library's 2019 Seattle Reads program. Our ABE 4/5 students are reading part of the book in class this quarter.
As you may know, this book is also this year's selection for Seattle Public Library's Seattle Reads program. If you haven't already picked up a copy, please join us in reading the book. One goal of our ABE program is to facilitate the participation of our adult learners in a broader reading public. That Thi Bui's graphic novel was chosen this year was a fortuitous opportunity for us! If you're in the North Seattle area, Thi Bui will be giving a talk at Northgate Community Center on Sunday, April 14 at 1:30 pm. More information about that event can be found here. For additional book discussion locations, click here
Recap: "Challenging English Only" Workshop
On March 21, Literacy Source instructors Taiko Aoki-Marcial and Lauren Plitkins gave a talk at Literacy Source about incorporating students' home languages into lessons as a means to foster equity and inclusion. They also examined the ways in which English has been used as a tool of colonization throughout history, and the importance of being mindful and critical of "English only" approaches that ESOL has commonly been associated with. Lauren and Taiko presented a similar version of this workshop at the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Conference in New Orleans last week.

If you missed their presentation, fear not! The slides from their COABE talk are available here for all to review. We encourage you to do so, as they offer practical tools you can use with learners in your teaching and tutoring sessions, as well as a great list of resources at the end.

"In the classroom setting, I encourage students to use their first language and translate it so they do not feel that seeking higher education will necessarily estrange them from that language and culture they know most intimately."       -bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress
Registration Open for Community Volunteer Training
Saturday, May 4
8:30 am-1 pm
Location:  King County Goodwill Job Training and Education Center
700 Dearborn Place South, Seattle, WA 98144
Registration is now open! Click here to register.   

All are welcome to attend a morning of free classes, workshops and conversations to support ESOL and ABE students in the greater King County area. Presented by Seattle Goodwill, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, King County Library System, OneAmerica, Literacy Source and Seattle Central College. 
Keynote: Student Panel Discussion: The Adult Immigrant Learning Experience  
  • Strategies for Teaching Literacy to Adult Emergent Learners (Literacy Source foundational training)
  • ESOL Teaching Techniques (Toolkit, Literacy Source foundational training)
  • *Adopting a Cultural Humility Approach with Adult Learners (Literacy Source foundational training)
  • *Teaching Digital Literacy to Beginner Level Adults
  • *Supporting Currently & Formerly Incarcerated Clients
  • Teaching Strategies to Develop Reading Skills (Literacy Source foundational training)
  • Working with Adult Learners (Literacy Source foundational training)
  • *Becoming a Trauma Informed, Resilience-Building Community Volunteer
  • *Education in Jail: Building a Foundation for the Future
*New workshops at the Community Volunteer Training
Volunteers Needed!
Digital Literacy Tutors: We are in need of volunteer tutors interested in working one-on-one with students who want to improve their basic computer skills. Focus areas will vary based on student interest and need. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Marisa.

Mock Interviewers: We're still looking for volunteers to assist us during our Phone Interview Workshop on Tuesday, May 28, from 2-3:30 pm. Volunteers will help out as mock interview partners for students who would like to hone their phone interviewing skills. Interviews will take place on-site here at Literacy Source during the second half of the workshop. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please contact Meskerem
New Citizen Spotlight
Congratulations to Idris Ali and Jeff Kalombo - our newest U.S. citizens! Thank you to the many volunteers who support our citizenship program at Literacy Source.
Annual Breakfast: May 7
Our Annual Breakfast is less than one month away! Please join us on  Tuesday, May 7 at Seattle Pacific University, for an inspiring morning of student speeches and superstar librarian/best-selling author Nancy Pearl sharing her top books of the year. The program is from 7:30-9 am, with doors opening at 7 am.
Our community partner, Phinney Books, will also be there selling Pearl's recommended reads and donating 15% of the proceeds to Literacy Source. Please register online , and help us spread the word by telling your friends and family! There is no cost to attend, but guests are asked to make a donation (suggested minimum $150). The entire cost of the breakfast is underwritten by sponsors, so every dollar given goes directly to providing basic education services to low-income adults.
Lastly, we are still accepting Table Captains if you would like to attend the breakfast and bring a few friends or colleagues! You don't have to fill a whole table to be a Table Captain. Please contact Anshika if you are interested or have any questions. 
Community Event Calendar
Our community event calendar highlights some of the events happening in the greater Seattle area that pertain to social justice, diversity, and equity. If you know of any other events we can share with the Literacy Source community, please let us know!

Emergent Strategy: An Evening with Adrienne Maree Brown
Thursday, April 18 
Seattle Public Library, Central Library
More information here.
Artist Talk with Zhi Lin
Tuesday, April 23 
Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220, University of Washington (Seattle)
More information here.
More than Just Coffee: A POC Coffee Panel & Happy Hour
Thursday, April 25 ($5)
The Riveter: Capitol Hill
More information here.
First Person Plural
Saturday, April 27 ($12-25)
Rainier Arts Center
More information here.
Who Gets to be a Taxpayer? Race, Tax Policy, and Segregation
Tuesday, April 30
McMenamins Anderson School (Bothell) 
More information here.
Gathering to Center Native Teacher Education
Thursday, May 2
Kane Hall 225 Walker-Ames Room, University of Washington (Seattle)
More information here.
Rapid Response Training from Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network 
Saturday, May 4
Meridian Park Elementary Library (Shoreline)
More information here.
5th Annual Equity and Inclusion Conference
Friday, May 10 ($25)
ARC Building, University of Washington (Bothell)
More information here.
Staff Reads
Staff Reads features   books that Literacy Source staff are currently reading or would recommend. Read along with us and let us know what you think!
Staff: Caroline Socha
Staff: Lauren Plitkins 
Staff: Cat Howell
Staff: Denika Seet 
Staff: Sarah Olson

Staff: Kody Janney
Current Volunteer Needs and Upcoming Trainings

Citizenship & ESOL  Tutors
Daytime, 2 x 1.5 hrs per week (6 month commitment, flexible times)
Digital Literacy Tutors
Daytime or evening, 1 hr. per week ( 1 term commitment, flexible times) 

Student Assessment Proctors 
2-5 hr shifts every 7-10 weeks (daytime or evening)

Sight Words and Phonics Testers
1-3 hr shifts, 2 times every 7-10 weeks (daytime or evening)

Interpreters and Translators
As needed basis (1-3 hrs each time)
Languages needed: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, French, Somali, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese
Outreach Helpers
As needed basis. Mulit-lingual a plus!
Training and ongoing support provided for all positions. For more information, please visit our  website  or contact  Caroline.
Upcoming Trainings:

GED Toolkit

Tuesday, April 16
4-6 pm 
Location: Literacy Source
Register  here.

Saturday, May 4
8:30 am-1 pm
Register here.  

Teaching Reading 

Saturday, May 18
9 am-12 pm 
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Roundtable - Teaching Writing

Tuesday, May 28
4-6 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Roundtable - Teaching Writing

Wednesday, May 29
9 am-11 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Tutor Orientation

Friday, May 31
9 am-12 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

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New Volunteer Orientation
Please help us spread the word!

Our upcoming New Volunteer Orientation will be on Wednesday, May 1at Literacy Source. Sessions will take place at 1 and 7 pm. 

Individuals can  register online here !
Important Dates and Center Closures
Literacy Source is open:

Mon and Wed, 8:30 am-8:30 pm
Tues and Thurs, 8:30 am-7:30 pm
Fridays, appointment only

Upcoming important dates and office closures:
May 6-9: No classes, tutoring only and center open for New Student Registration
May 27: Center closed for Memorial Day
June 17-20: Last week of spring classes
June 24-27: Center closed for classes and tutoring
Miss any of our past volunteer newsletters? Check out our last one here for 
additional tips and resources. You can also access the newsletters at the bottom 
of the  Volunteer Resources page of our website.
Literacy Source is on the traditional lands of the Duwamish people, 
and we pay our respect to elders both past and present.

Literacy Source recognizes the inherent dignity, equality, and value of every person and strives to create and maintain a learning community that is respectful and welcoming. To foster and maintain a safe and inclusive community of respect, openness, understanding, and civility, it is crucial that students, volunteers, and staff are aware of their rights and options when confronting a discriminatory or bias-related incident. To read more, click here.