Total Volunteer Hours in December
Volunteer Hours in 2018-19 School Year
Photos from our winter party at Lake City Community Center on December 20.
Hello volunteers! We hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful holiday break, and a great first week of winter quarter. Our center-wide class theme this quarter is on managing family resources for housing. Additionally, our ABE 4/5 class is studying the scientific method, and is designing a survey to interview students in other classes about themes that emerged from the focus group sessions this fall. Once they have collected their data, they will analyze it and report back to Literacy Source staff with a recommendation for moving forward.

We'd also like to thank everyone who came to our winter party on the last day of fall quarter.  We enjoyed the potluck, performances, activities, company, and celebration of our students and volunteers. This year was our first time having the party at Lake City Community Center, and the event was packed, with more students, families, and supporters than ever before! We are so grateful for our amazing community and we look forward to working together in the new year.
NEW! Volunteer Roundtables and Google Drive Training
We are excited to be adding a new training format this term - Volunteer Roundtables. These will be in a workshop format and are designed to offer help in specific skills for tutoring or teaching here at Literacy Source. The workshops will be open to everyone, however some will be specific to long-term volunteers or tutors and instructors who already have some experience volunteering here. We plan to offer 1-2 every term and are looking for ideas and suggestions on topics/skills you would like us to cover.
The first workshop will be facilitated by Sarah Olson, our Digital Literacy Coordinator. The workshop will be offered twice - February 7 from 4-5 pm, or February 11 from 9-10 am, and will cover the following topics:
  • Google Drive video and practice
  • Using chromebooks
  • Center technology - what hardware is available, printing, etc.
  • Ideas for integrating technology into tutoring sessions
  • Resources/other trainings 
Please sign up below if you would like to attend. Thanks!
Celebrating Bilingualism: OneAmerica's 2019 Advocacy Priorities Kick-Off
"Use your native language every day, your ancestors are listening."
-Roxana Norouzi, Deputy Director of One America
In December, members of Literacy Source staff attended Celebrating Bilingualism: OneAmerica's 2019 Advocacy Priorities Kick-Off at Sullivan Community Center in Tukwila. The event was put on by OneAmerica and the Road Map Project's English Language Learners Work Group as a way to highlight the SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE campaign and to discuss priorities and goals for 2019 with educators, community members and local representatives.
2018 Report Highlights for Literacy Source:
The struggle and support of dual language learning is solidly based in literature and research. At the event, Regional Education Laboratories (REL) Northwest spoke about research and data that demonstrate the effectiveness of dual language programs in promoting the long-term development of English proficiency, as opposed to the more short-term improvements typical of many immersion programs. Data from REL Northwest also emphasized the impact that culturally relevant curriculum has on student success. Different cultures and languages are valued more in education as we de-center whiteness, and this is reflected in student engagement and achievement.
The research is clear, but real change will take time and commitment. Bernard Koontz, the Educational Director of Teaching and Learning for Highline Public School District, pointed out that this is not the work of one program, campaign, or initiative, but a long-term transformation. The shift to an asset-based approach to learning that honors students' experiences, cultures, and languages will require long-term commitment and advocacy from the educational community.
Extending the SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE Call to Action to Adult Education:
The work of the English Language Learners Work Group has been greatly focused on gaps and inequities in the K-12 public school system in Washington State. However, there are many valuable insights, opportunities, and challenges that we at Literacy Source can take from them in our ongoing efforts to create a culturally relevant and anti-racist community for ourselves and our learners. The OneAmerica report included a series of recommendations (pages 34-35) that we as an organization, instructors, volunteers, and community members can use to guide our practices in honoring and supporting bilingualism.
As an institution, we have committed to the following recommendations from the report:
  • Support the SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE campaign by sharing positive messaging about the power of bilingualism and the importance of home language retention
  • Proactively encourage parents to nurture home language
  • Actively encourage students to take pride in and practice their primary languages
  • Inform students of the proven value of emerging bilingual skills
  • Contact legislators and ask them to advance dual language policies
We are also considering hosting a community language learning event (or series of events) to celebrate the linguistic diversity of our students at Literacy Source, and welcome ideas and suggestions for this.
Please look at the report and other SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE resources for more information, and consider what recommendations you could commit to as volunteers and what this work would look like in practice.
Celebrating a Year of Service
We'd like to take a moment to recognize Ann Zavitkovsky, Bryan Taylor, Catherine Crain, Janet Blankley, Kate Marchevskova, Mary-Claire Squires, and Polly Thompson for reaching one year of service at Literacy Source. Thank you so much for your hard work and commitment! 
Welcome New Volunteers!
Thank you so much to the 11 new volunteers who attended our most recent Working with Adult Learners in a Diverse Environment training on Monday, January 15. We also had 32 individuals attend our New Volunteer Orientation this month - a great way to start off the new year!  We appreciate the volunteers and supporters who have helped spread the word about volunteering with us, and look forward to working with everyone this year.
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!   

Sat-Sun, Jan. 19-20
Monday, Jan. 21
Thursday, Jan. 24
Thursday, Jan. 31
Womxn's March on Seattle (Jan. 19)
Cal Anderson Park
9 am

Womxn Act on Seattle (Jan. 20)
Workshops at various times and locations

More information here.

MLK Jr. Day Workshops, Rally, and March
Garfield High School

More information here.
Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. film screening

University of Washington, Thompson Hall 101
4:30-7 pm

More information here.

Unjust Housing: Racism in Homelessness (Emerging Leaders)

Northwest African American Museum
6-7:30 pm 

More information here.

Inside the Activists Studio: Featuring Trish Millines Dziko
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
6-8:30 pm

More information here.

My People are Rising: An Evening with Aaron Dixon
Northwest African American Museum
6:30-8:30 pm

More information here.

Exhibits and Ongoing Programming
Sanctuary: Design for Belonging
Center for Architecture and Design
On view through Feb. 23 (Free exhibit tour Jan. 24 from 5:30-6:30 pm)

More information here.
Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life (Edwin Pratt)
Shoreline City Hall
On view Jan. 26-Apr. 26 (Opening reception Jan. 26 from 6:30-9 pm)

More informaion 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: Jennie Snow
Staff: Cat Howell
Staff: Lauren Plitkins
Staff: Isabel Childs 
Staff: Marisa Parshotam

      I am Malala
Staff: Caroline Socha
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)

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)

Fundraising Help
Our Annual Breakfast Fundraiser is 3 months away and we need help planning! 

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:

Teaching ESOL Adult Learners

Saturday, January 26
9 am-1 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Tutor Orientation Training

Saturday, February 9
9 am-12 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Literacy Foundations: Strategies for Teaching Reading & Writing

Friday, February 15
9 am-1 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Beginning Literacy

Saturday, March 2
9 am-1 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Citizenship Toolkit

Tuesday, March 19
5-7:30 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, February 6at 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:

January 21: Center closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 18: Center closed for President's Day
March 11-14: Last week of winter classes

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.