Total Volunteer Hours in July
Volunteer Hours in 2017-18 School Year
Celebrating students, staff, and volunteers at our annual summer party on Thursday, August 16.
Hello everyone! Summer quarter has officially ended, and it sure did go by fast! Thanks to all who came to our annual summer party on Thursday, August 16. We enjoyed a delicious potluck, live DJ, and dance performances from Literacy Source student Martha Benitez and her daughter. We also recognized the accomplishments of students who have passed one or more sections of the GED test. A special thank you to long-time volunteer June Chang, who gifted us with an absolutely gorgeous hand-crafted mosaic depicting our logo - be sure to check out this beautiful piece of art the next time you are at the center.

A few reminders before we take a short break: We are open for tutoring from August 20-23, closed from August 27-September 6, and will re-open for tutoring the week of September 10. Fall classes start up again on September 17. Also, for anyone who took the summer off, you might notice that our parking lot got a paint job when you come back! Although the white lined spaces say "SMC Parking Only," you can continue to park there (just not in the yellow ones), as we share a lot with the Seattle Mennonite Church. 

Thank you so much for all that you do to make Literacy Source the special place that it is. We hope you enjoy the rest of the summer!
NEW! Reading Tutoring Program
We are so excited to launch our new Reading Tutoring Program this fall!  Our goal for this program is to provide learners with extra reading practice on a regular, flexible schedule. During each session, the student and tutor will review a text from the student's class and then choose a new, leveled text to practice reading strategies (such as previewing the reading, repeating reading for fluency, and reading comprehension).  Reading tutors will work one-on-one with a student for one term, once a week, for 1-1.5 hours.
If you are interested in this tutoring opportunity, we would like to invite you to attend the next Tutor Orientation Training on Sa turday, September 8, from  9 am-12 pm. It will take place at Literacy Source and you can register for it here. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline
Thank you for all you do to support our adult learners!

Call for Interpreters!

We are currently in need of a couple volunteers who speak either Mandarin or Arabic to help as interpreters at our next New Student Registration on September 10at either 10 am or 5:30 pm. If you or someone you know speaks either of these languages and would like to help out, please email Marisa or Caroline. Thank you!
Reminder: Center Closure Dates
Just another reminder that Literacy Source will be closed from August 27-September 6. There will be no classes or tutoring taking place at the center during this time. We will still be open for tutoring the week prior (August 20-23), although classes will not be in session. If you are a tutor, please discuss with your student whether or not you will meet that week. We will re-open for tutoring on September 10, and fall quarter classes start on September 17.

A printable 2018-2019 academic calendar is available here.
Culturally Responsive Teaching: Tutoring, Teaching, and Trauma
Cover of the book  Universal Design for Learning  by Anne Meyer & David Rose (Photo from CAST)
All learners bring their own unique experiences with them when they enter a classroom or sit down with a tutor. Recognizing the value and impact of students' backgrounds is key to creating the type of safe and supportive learning environment needed for students to progress. 

In any teaching context, it is important to consider possible traumatic events or experiences in students' lives - this is especially true when working with refugee and immigrant populations.  Trauma can have serious consequences for learners. Research shows that "the adult learner with a history of trauma or a background of educational failure or humiliation is sensitized and moves along the arousal continuum faster in the face of significantly less challenge or perceived threat" (Perry, 2006). Imagine a prolonged state of "fight, freeze, or flight," and how that could affect your ability to focus on details, retain information, and organize your thoughts or physical surroundings.

At the same time that it is vital for teachers and tutors to understand the impact that trauma may have on their students, we must also be cautious not to "self-diagnose" or make assumptions about students. Do not presume that all immigrants and refugees have experienced trauma or are suffering from undiagnosed PTSD. Approaching instruction and tutoring from a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework that "improves and optimizes" instructional strategies for "all people based on scientific insights into how people learn" is a way to ensure that any student is served to the best of their potential and the best of your ability as a tutor or instructor. This framework doesn't limit the focus "only to survivors," but instead builds "a universal approach" ( Wilson, 2016).

Below are some strategies and suggestions that are easily implemented in class and tutoring sessions. They are universal approach strategies that can benefit all types of learners:

Physical space:  Check with your students about the physical space and what they feel comfortable with. It may be a good idea to leave doors and windows ajar.  Never approach a learner from behind or stand over them. While it is quite natural for teachers and tutors to approach sitting students from behind to assist with work or point out something from a standing position, this movement and physical arrangement can be triggering for some students. Try to keep your physical presence within a learner's direct line of sight.

Personal sharing:  When discussing students' lives, backgrounds, families, or any other personal information, be sure to offer activities that allow learners to share as little or as much as they choose.  If you share a plan for the lesson at the beginning, students will be able to make decisions about their ability to engage and how much they want to participate.

Structure:  Create structure and predictability for your student. You can do this with daily classroom or tutoring routines.

Timing:  Keep learning sessions short and allow students to take breaks often.

Process language:  Helpful process expressions include giving  simple and familiar directions, making  inquiries, i nviting responses, agreeing/disagreeing, giving advice, and making suggestions. This will help students complete tasks without needing to focus on lengthy explanations and give them the ability to ask questions when they don't understand. The type of language will depend on the level and focus of your student. 

Non-textual input:  Learners who have issues with retention and concentration can benefit from activities that include movement, music, art, and other non-textual visual cues.

Community:  Find out about community resources. While teachers and tutors are not counselors, they still can and should be aware of the various services that their students may need or benefit from.

Additional Resources:
It's Back! Next Literary Mixer is on September 27
Bring a book. Have a drink. Discuss.
Come share your favorite read this summer during our next Literary Mixer! Bring a book you have read or are reading (e-books work too), enjoy a glass of wine, and strike up a conversation with other Literacy Source volunteers about your book. This event will take place at Literacy Source on Thursday, September 27, from 7-8:30 pm. Hope to see you there!
New Citizen Spotlight
Tsega Tela and family shortly after getting her citizenship.
We'd like to congratulate our newest U.S. citizen, Literacy Source student  Tsega Tela! T hank you to the many volunteers who work with citizenship students at Literacy Source!
Teaching Tip: Active Listening (Part 5)
As a review of the idea of listening actively, take a look at the Equipped for the Future (EFF) graphic shown above. What things in this graphic help you better understand what you and your learner need to do to be good listeners?
Now, look at the EFF page on using listening strategies, available here.  If you have taught reading, the list of teaching strategies for listening might seem very familiar because Listening and Reading are both receptive communication skills, and can be taught in similar ways. Have you tried any of these strategies with your learner? If so, were they helpful? Feel free to email Cat or stop by her desk to chat about this - we'd love to hear feedback from you to share in our next newsletter.

Each month, we highlight one of the best practices on our tutor self-evaluation form, located on our Google Drive. We hope volunteers can revisit this form on an ongoing basis to help you reflect on the work you are doing with your student(s). There is a different form for instructors, located here
Celebrating a Year of Service
We'd like to take a moment to thank Jana Skillingstead, Josh Harrison, Nancy Lomneth, and Teresa Mirante for reaching one year of service at Literacy Source. Thank you for your support and commitment! 
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 to share with the Literacy Source community, please let us know!   

Thursday, Aug. 23
Saturday, Aug. 25
Thursday, Aug. 30
Wednesday, Sept. 5
Laugh Back: A Comedy Show to Benefit the NWDC Resistance
Laughs Comedy Club
7:30-10:30 pm
More information here.

Seattle Urban Book Expo
Centilia Cultural Center
1-5 pm
More information here.
Decolonizing Immigration
Seattle Central Library
6-8:30 pm
More information here.
Why are They Fleeing? Durable Solutions to the Forced Migration Crisis
Saint Mark's Cathedral
6-8 pm
More information here.

Ongoing Exhibitions and  Programming
Tuesday Vigils at Seattle ICE office (Community Alliance for Global Justice)
1000 Second Avenue  Downtown
Jul. 24-Sept. 25, Tuesdays from 8-10 am &11 am-1 pm
More information here.
"Becoming American" 6-part documentary series
Redmond Library
Aug. 28-Oct. 2
More information here.
Let's Talk Race series (Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association)
Various locations
8 different events/topics throughout 2018
More information here.
Double Exposure
Seattle Art Museum
On view through Sept. 9, 2018
More information here
Everyday Black
Northwest African American Museum
On view through Sept. 30, 2018
More information here.
Seattle Chapter Black Panther Party 50 Years: Power to the People
Northwest African American Museum
On view through Nov. 27, 2018
More information here.
Wham! Bam! Pow!
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
On view through Feb. 24, 2019
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: Lauren Plitkins
Staff: Lynn Livesley
Staff: Caroline Socha
Staff: Taiko Aoki-Marcial

Origins of Cara
Staff: Denika Seet

Current Volunteer Needs and Upcoming Trainings
One-on-One Tutors
Daytime and evening tutors needed for ESOL, reading, writing, math, GED prep, and citizenship
2 x 1.5 hrs per week (6 month commitment, flexible times)

One-on-One Reading Tutors
Daytime or evening, 1 x 1.5 hrs per week
(1 term commitment, flexible times)
Childcare Helper
Wednesday evenings, 6-8:30 pm (school age children)

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:

Tutor Orientation Training

Saturday, September 8
9 am-12 pm

Register here.

Beginning Literacy Training

Friday, September 21
9 am-1 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Community Volunteer Training (CVT)

Saturday, September 29
9 am-1 pm

Registration coming soon.
Please save the date!

Literacy Foundations: Strategies for Teaching Reading & Writing

Saturday, October 13
9 am-1  pm 
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Citizenship Toolkit

Wednesday, November 7
5-7:30 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

WALDE: Working with Adult Learners in a Diverse Environment

Tuesday, November 13
5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Literacy Source

R egister  here.

Tutor Orientation Training

Friday, November 30
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, September  5at 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
Tue and Thu, 8:30 am-7:30 pm
Fridays, appointment only

Upcoming important dates and office closures:

August 13-16: Last week of summer classes
August 20-23: No classes, tutoring only
August 27-Sept 6: Center closed
September 10-13: Center open for tutoring (no classes)
September 17: First day of fall quarter

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 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.