Funding Research, Professional Development, and Big Thank Yous for May 2019
In this Issue:
  • We’re Hiring! Fund Development Manager Position
  • Trends in Private-Sector and United Way Funding
  • Wisconsin Literacy Moves Offices
  • Your Membership Satisfaction Matters to Us
  • You Made The Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit Successful
  • A BIG Thank You for The Big Share
  • Meet Sherry from Fond du Lac Literacy Services
  • Member Spotlight:Fond du Lac Literacy Services
  • Introductory Literacy Training 
  • GED Conference in July
  • Prison Literacy edition of The COABE Journal
  • ProLiteracy's New Free Research Journal
Wisconsin Literacy News
We’re Hiring! Fund Development Manager Position
We're hiring a 40 hour/week fund development manager.

As Wisconsin Literacy's fund development manager, you would:
  • work closely with the Executive Director and Health Literacy Director;
  • help the organization grow its financial base;
  • develop new unrestricted corporate and individual support; and
  • maintain the grant funding base.

We work as a small staff of creative and dedicated people who support the organization’s core values of lifelong learning, collaboration, integrity, respect and teamwork. We are nimble leaders of change and person-centered while also having the advantage of a statewide reach and voice for adult and family literacy efforts. Passion for moving people forward through literacy and education is a constant among our team. 

We are looking for an individual experienced with external communications and engaging with individual donor prospects, corporate and foundation executives, and board members. The position will also further the mission of the organization by researching and identifying new grant funding opportunities, submitting grant applications, and building relationships and maintaining funding support from foundations, corporations and government agencies.
Trends in Private-Sector and United Way Funding
With our director, Michele Erikson, serving on the ProLiteracy’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, we’re able to get a first-hand look at funding issues from a national perspective.

The article makes the case that private-sector and United Way funding will continue to be a vital part of adult literacy programming, but both funders and programs must develop a more effective dialogue on the key contribution that literacy programs make to improve local communities.

This paper offers key recommendations for both programs and funders in adult literacy education.
Wisconsin Literacy Offices Move on May 16
Update your records with our new address:

211 S. Paterson St.
Suite 170
Madison, WI 53703

We’ll have the same phone numbers and email addresses.  .
Your Membership Satisfaction Matters to Us
Thanks to your responses to the 2019 member satisfaction survey, Wisconsin Literacy will be able to keep improving our member services.

We were excited to see that you appreciate the program support, professional development opportunities, and resources that Wisconsin Literacy provides.

Your suggestions on professional development topics and ideas on how we can better serve you in the future will help guide us during our planning for FY19-20.

Thanks for all you do to support literacy in your communities!

You Made the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit Successful
Thank you to the almost 300 people who attended the 2019 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit. By sharing your ideas, best practices, and your passion for health literacy and adult literacy, you improve healthcare for all. 

We are particularly grateful for our platinum sponsors - Gundersen Health System and United Healthcare - and all our sponsors for making this event possible.

We were able to capture many great moments throughout the event and are excited to share what the Summit looks like from our “lens”.

A BIG Thank You for The Big Share
Thanks to literacy supporters and the Wisconsin Literacy board during the Big Share we:
  • raised $34,911
  • engaged 144 total donors
  • welcomed 37 new donors 

Every contribution, every social media share, and every invitation to learn more about Wisconsin Literacy got us closer to our goal.

Success Stories
Meet Sherry from Fond du Lac Literacy Services
"My biggest challenge was proving that I could actually do something that people said I could never do-like graduate high school,” said Sherry.

In 2016, Sherry came from a group home for adults with intellectual disabilities. This May she will earn her HSED. Her work with FDL sparked a love of learning and she plans to continue her education after graduation.

Member Spotlight: Fond du Lac Literacy Services
Juana Montes Hernandez, Fond du Lac Literacy Services (FDL) literacy coordinator, often sees obstacles such as work schedule conflicts in the students she serves. “Some are farmers, so they come seasonally and then come back later when they have more time,” said Hernandez.

FDL recently started a workplace literacy program that teaches English Language instruction to 30 workers at Eden Valders Stone Quarry. The innovative program serves as a unique solution to some barriers to literacy.  

Professional Development
Introductory Literacy Training 
Five day hands-on literacy workshop

The Literacy Task Force of Northern Wisconsin and Nicolet College are partnering to offer a five day introductory structured literacy training course for teachers, tutors, and private practitioners. This thorough and engaging program builds on the fundamentals of the Orton-Gillingham multisensory structured language approach.

Filled with practical strategies based on evidence- based, documented best practices, this hands-on training is essential for anyone who works with children with regard to reading, writing, and spelling. Participants will observe demonstration lessons, as well as prepare and implement sample lessons.

Instructor : Dr. Tammy Tillotson

Monday – Friday, July 8 - 12, 2019
9:00 am – 4 pm (5x) Rhinelander – Nicolet College
Room: Fieldside Center Room 102 Class #3200
Cost: $150 (Senior Rate: 62 plus register at reduced rate)

For more information: Contact Peggy Steber at 715.367.2090 or Tammy Tillotson at 715.215.0407 or

To register: call 715.365.4493 or 800.544.3039, ext. 4493
GED Conference in July
Real Connections. Real Breakthroughs.
Chicago, Illinois from July 24-26, 2019

Be inspired by Adult Education thought leaders and load up on innovative teaching and testing strategies from the experts. Through workshops and endless networking opportunities, you’ll be able to dive deeper than ever before into GED topics.

Here’s what’s in store:

  • Welcome reception for all conference attendees at 5:30 pm on July 24th.
  • Action-packed day of sessions on July 24-26, 2019
  • Wrap up at noon on Friday, July 26. 

Connect with your peers and celebrate the hard work and success happening in classrooms all around the country -- thanks to you!

On April 1st, the rate is $485. Your ticket includes two breakfasts, 1 lunch, the evening welcome reception as well as attendance for all conference events. Dinner is not included.

Please note: Payments are non-refundable after July 12, 2019; this applies to all forms of payment.

Call your RLC about resources to help with travel.
Resources and Funding Opportunities
Prison Literacy edition of The COABE Journal
Prison Literacy edition of The COABE Journal highlights programs, approaches, and professionals who work with adults currently serving or who have served time in correctional settings. These contributions are intended to generate ideas for effectively providing quality and relevant learning opportunities to those who are “behind the walls” and help them improve their experiences once they transition to life “outside the walls."
ProLiteracy's Free New Research Journal
ProLiteracy’s new research journal, Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy is a peer-reviewed, online journal that will be available twice per year for free .

The journal will publish research on adult basic and secondary education and transitions into the workplace and higher education. Research will reflect best practices in adult education to inform practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and funders. For more information on the Adult Literacy Education journal, go to
One recommended article is "The PIAAC Literacy Framework and Adult Reading Instruction: An Introduction for Adult Learners" by Amy. R. Trawick, CALLA . Angie Stokes said, "What I especially liked about it is the practical application explained through looking at how one teacher, Marco, might use the PIAAC literacy contexts in his work." 
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