Your Place for Professional Development and Literacy Resources | March 2020
In this Issue:
  • Make a Big Difference on March 3rd
  • Prepare to be Counted in the 2020 Census
  • Save the Date! Celebration of Literacy
  • Meet Travis from Sawyer County Adult Literacy 
  • Member Spotlight: Sawyer County Adult Literacy
  • Join Your Wisconsin Literacy Regional Meeting
  • Supporting Higher Education and Career Success for Refugees in Wisconsin
  • COABE Journal
  • Public Charge Rule Explained. What Happened & Effective Date
  • Legislative Update and Action Alert
Wisconsin Literacy News
Make a Big Difference on March 3rd
Join Wisconsin Literacy on March 3 and share your commitment to literacy during  The Big Share , an online 24-hour day of giving hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin .
Double Your Gift on March 3rd
10:00-11:00 am: Give to double your donation with a generous board match! 

Donate Anytime on March 3rd
Donate Now through March 3rd and help build literacy skills for adults and families.
Invite Your Friends
Set your own fundraising goal and reach out to your friends, family and colleagues to help you raise money to build literacy across Wisconsin!  
Are You Prepared for the 2020 Census?
As you know, the Census count will affect resource allocations for the next decade in every community in the United States.

We need your help to ensure that we get a complete count. 

Watch our webinar "Civic Engagement for Learners: Voting and the Census" and get additional resources for adult literacy programs at
NCL's Pledge To Be Counted
The NCL (National Coalition for Literacy)'s Pledge To Be Counted! campaign asks teachers, program leaders, librarians, and service providers across the nation to be active in ensuring that adult learners and their communities are counted in the 2020 Census.

Pledge To Be Counted! is an effort to ensure a complete Census count, with a specific focus on adults with low levels of literacy, numeracy, and digital skill. They are asking individuals, programs, and organizations to pledge to help these adults understand the value of the Census and complete the Census form.
They will provide prizes to individuals and programs that report back on their efforts.

To support the campaign, NCL is providing resources for understanding the Census and including Census-related activities in teaching and outreach:
Save the Date! Celebration of Literacy
Celebrate literacy superheroes - adult learners, volunteers, and member agencies with outstanding literacy achievements.  

When: Wednesday, April 29, 11:00 am – 1:15 pm
Where: Lake Windsor Country Club, 4628 Golf Dr., Windsor, WI 53598
Tickets: $55/ticket; $400/table of 8

Dyslexia Simulation Experience: Led by the Children’s Dyslexia Center-Madison. 

Keynote Speaker: Shawn Robinson, PhD., author of Dr. Dyslexia Dude, a graphic novel to inspire children struggling to read. 

Emcee: Norma Gallegos Valles from Centro Hispano Dane County and host on La Movida Spanish Radio Station.

Tickets to go on sale March 16th.
Success Stories
Meet Travis from Sawyer County Adult Literacy
Travis experienced many personal and academic challenges throughout his young life. His tumultuous home life was compounded by his Special Education needs. He was bullied in school and the fear and fallout that comes with it inhibited his progress at times. 

“I used to be depressed. I didn’t have a positive escape. I felt like I was always trapped at home, bored, always feeling sad, worried about what other people thought of me.  Then, I came, I learned, and I succeeded!” Travis said.

With the help of Sawyer County Adult Literacy and the Wisconsin Indian Technical College, Travis obtained his 5.09 HSED (high school equivalency).

Member Spotlight: Sawyer County Adult Literacy
Deb Helquist, Coordinator of Sawyer County Adult Literacy, shares about the "very beautiful work."

This all-volunteer run organization started out with just 1 tutor and has grown to 15-17 tutors who served about 60 learners last year.

They passionately help learners earn their high school equivalency and improve their literacy skills in Hayward and on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation.

Professional Development
Join Your Wisconsin Literacy Regional Meeting
Connect with other literacy agencies, W-2 contacts, and technical college staff in your region and gain professional development and tips to improve your program.
Northeast/North Central Regional Meeting
Where: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:15-1:30

  • 10:15-10:30 - Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:30-11:30 - Wisconsin Indian Education Resources – Knowing Your Neighbors
  • 11:30-12:30 - Networking Lunch
  • 12:30-1:30 - Conversation Circles for ELL (English Language Learners)

Register: Contact Anna Bierer,
Southwest/South Central Regional Meeting
Where: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9:00 am - 2:45 pm

  • Board Recruitment, Retention and Engagement
  • Digital Literacy: Adaptable Curriculum and Practical Ideas 
  • Teaching Adults Soft Skills and Workplace Communication Skills 
  • Successful Workshops
  • Lunch and Regional Networking by Technical College Regions
  • Learner Self-Care and Mindfulness
  • Early Literacy and Empowering Parents with Limited Literacy
  • Tracking Learner Outcomes: With and Without Standardized Assessment
  • Using Intercambio

Register: Beth Gaytan,
Save the Date for the Southeast "Spring into Literacy"
Join your friends in the Southeast for a special professional development day on April 24.

"Spring into Literacy" is a day filled with fun and learning from Literacy Services of Wisconsin and sponsored by Wisconsin Literacy.

Watch for more details.
Supporting Higher Education and Career Success for Refugees in Wisconsin
The symposium Supporting Higher Education and Career Success for Refugees in Wisconsin will bring together educators, refugee resettlement and service providers, refugees, scholars, employers, and community members to learn about the barriers and supports that impact the college and career success of refugees in our state, and to discuss and plan policies to expand their success.

When: Friday, April 10, 2020 from 9:30 am - 4 pm
Where: Madison College Truax Campus (Room D1630)

This day-long symposium is free, open to the public, and will include lunch and other refreshments. However, registration is required. 

Please register at:
COABE Journal
Learn more about the COABE Journal and view past editions. Check out the special edition on Leadership.

Here are a few of the articles in this edition:
  • "We are the Voice to Speak Up": Cultivating Adult Learner Voice Through Leadership
  • Transformative Parent Leadership and School Engagement
  • Ordinary People Can Create Extraordinary Outcomes Through Collaboration
Resources and Funding
Public Charge Rule Explained.
What Happened & Effective Date
Supreme Court Lifts Public Charge Injunct. 

The United States Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration's public charge rule to take effect. [Watch]
When Does Public Charge Take Effect? 

USCIS has set an effective date for the new public charge rule. Brynne also shares who this rule impacts. [ Watch]
Legislative Update and Action Alert
On Monday, February 10 the President released his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2021, signaling the Administration’s funding priorities and kicking off the FY21 appropriations process.

The president’s FY21 budget proposal calls for significant cuts to many domestic programs. Specifically, it requests a 7.8 percent decrease in funding for the U.S. Department of Education. Adult Education, however, was flat funded at $671 million. Career and technical education (CTE) State Grants and National Programs (combined) got nearly a $900 million increase. The request states that the increased funds would help State and local workforce training programs implement the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act and allow for new awards focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, including computer science. In a budget proposal where many programs were eliminated, cut or block-granted, Adult Education and CTE fared better than others, but we should continue to advocate for increased funding.

It is important to remember that the president’s budget proposal is only a request, and that Congress decides the final funding levels for programs such as Adult Education. Congress has rejected the president’s budget proposal in past years, and we expect that to be the case this year as well. However, to ensure that happens, we must engage with our legislators and remind them that flat funding for Adult Education would be a significant detriment to our programs and our students.

We urge you to reach out to your Members of Congress, in both the House and the Senate and remind them of the importance of increasing funding for Adult Education. Please tailor this letter by including relevant data and/or information on how your program is making an impact in your State. 
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