Professional Development and Advocacy Opportunities
In this Issue:
  • Make a Big Impact at The Big Share
  • Health Literacy Summit Registration Open
  • Wisconsin Health Literacy Received 2018 NAPCRG Pearl
  • Wisconsin Literacy Welcomes Our Newest Board Member, Holly McCoy
  • Meet Marisol from Latino Academy of Workforce Development
  • Member Spotlight: Children's Dyslexia Center
  • K-12 Literacy and Other County Data Resources Webinar
  • AIM Institute 7th Annual Research to Practice Symposium
  • English Forward Training in Eau Claire and Elkhorn
  • WLI Southeast Regional Scholarship for Postsecondary Ed Available
Wisconsin Literacy News
Make a BIG Impact at The Big Share
Join us for The Big Share on March 5th!

YOU make a difference throughout the four corners of our state.

YOU help people achieve their GED, better understand their health, prepare their kids for success in school, navigate our culture, and read for pleasure .

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

  1. GIVE on MARCH 5th. You can show your support on one of the four regional pages:
  1. DOUBLE your gift between 10 am and 11 am – your donation will be DOUBLED. You can also help Wisconsin Literacy win a $750 prize for most donors or most dollars given in that hour!
  2. BUILD excitement! Watch us on Facebook and follow #CSWBigShare. Build the buzz by sharing Wisconsin Literacy videos, posts, and invitations to invest in promoting literacy work!
  3. GROW our network by 34 before 4pm. 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 advocate and help many people benefit from literacy statewide!

We can't wait to celebrate the difference everyone's generosity will make.
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!
Wisconsin Health Literacy Received 2018 NAPCRG Pearl
Congratulations to the Wisconsin Health Literacy team for receiving 2018 NAPCRG Pearl, an award chosen each year by the Community Clinician Advisory Group (CCAG) as the top research studies presented at the Annual Meeting that will impact clinical practice. Members of the CCAG present the Pearls at local, regional, and national venues.

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Thank you, Paul Smith, Henry Young, David Mott, Farah Pathan, and Steve Sparks!
Wisconsin Literacy Welcomes Our Newest Board Member, Holly McCoy
Wisconsin Literacy welcomes our newest board member representative Holly McCoy. Ms. McCoy is the Executive Director of Literacy Services of Wisconsin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Adult Education, both from Alverno College. McCoy has developed several innovative High School Equivalency Diploma programs. One of those programs, a new Construction HSED program created in partnership with WRTP/BIG STEP, recently won a collaboration award at LISC’s annual MANDI Awards event. Holly served as the Senior Director of Programs for Literacy Services previous to her current role overseeing the programmatic operations of eight Milwaukee Area locations serving approximately 1,300 adult students annually. Holly is also the President of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Milwaukee.
Success Stories
Meet Marisol from Latino Academy of Workforce Development
Marisol Bravo started at Latino Academy of Workforce Development to pursue her GED. She wants to be a good role model for her daughters and is very excited about all the possibilities having her GED affords her.

Member Spotlight: CDC
Learning to read can be a major feat for a child. The vowels, consonants, fricatives and contractions all present complexities that can be hard to grasp, even for adult learners. But for dyslexic learners the challenge can be even more complicated. The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Madison (CDC) has been working to ease the challenges of dyslexic learners for the past 19 years and has proved to be helpful for more than 200 students.

Professional Development
K-12 Literacy and Other County Data Resources
Matt Cooper Borkenhagen, a former elementary school reading teacher, graduate student in psychology and fellow in the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Madison, built an application that provides information on literacy performances for K-12 by county. He will demonstrate how to use this app along with other resources that he and Wisconsin Literacy have encountered to tell the literacy story on the local level.

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
• 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

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

Resources and Funding Opportunities
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants
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
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