May 2020 | Professional Development and Literacy Resources
In this Issue:
  • Thank You for Celebrating With Us
  • New Skills Map: State and County Estimates of Adult Skills Proficiency
  • Statewide Literacy Services at a Glance
  • Congratulations to Anna Bierer
  • Walk for Dyslexia - In Your Own Neighborhood
  • Meet Joe from Menominee Tribal Education
  • Thrive Workforce Banking Program
  • Thursday Morning Coffee Breaks for Wisconsin Literacy Members
  • Visit Wisconsin Literacy's Resources Section
  • Free Distance Learning Series
  • Mobile Learning Fund
  • Write Her Future Institute
  • Sign up for cycle 2 of ProLiteracy's Learning Upgrade Challenge!
Wisconsin Literacy News
Thank You for Celebrating With Us
Thank you to all who celebrated the life-changing work of literacy on April 29th.

Your participation online created an uplifting experience that shows our continued connection to each other.
Missed Wisconsin Literacy’s Celebration of Literacy?

Watch the video online: Celebration of Literacy

  • Learn how:
  • the experience of dyslexia might affect children and adults.
  • literacy makes a profound difference in someone's life.

  • Honor the work of literacy heroes (learners, volunteers, and programs) across Wisconsin.
Donate $35 or more to receive a copy of Doctor Dyslexia Dude (in honor of Wisconsin Literacy’s 35th Anniversary)
New Skills Map: State and County Estimates of Adult Skills Proficiency
After ten years, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)’s recently released U.S. Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Skills Map. This interactive map estimates literacy and numeracy skill levels in all U.S. states and counties.

You can:
  • get state and county estimates of average literacy and numeracy scores.
  • compare selected states and counties.
  • view related variables (such as income, employment, and education levels) for each county.

These estimates are based on data collected in the three rounds of U.S. PIAAC data collection (in 2012, 2014 and 2017) as well as data from the American Community Survey (2013-2017). A statistical technique called small area estimation is used to produce estimates of the proportion of U.S. adults, ages 16–74, with the lowest levels of proficiency (at or below Level 1), with middle proficiency (at Level 2), and with the highest levels of proficiency (at or above Level 3).

PIAAC is a large-scale international study of the skills of working-age adults (ages 16–65) in three domains: literacy, numeracy, and digital problem solving. It also collects extensive information on adults’ education and training, work experience, and other background characteristics.

Statewide Literacy Services at a Glance
Find out more about literacy programs statewide and regionally.

  • Learner outcomes
  • Learner demographics
  • Amount of volunteer and staff
  • Types of literacy programs statewide

Congratulations to Anna Bierer
Anna Bierer, Wisconsin Literacy’s Northeast Regional Literacy Consultant, is a 2020 TESOL Professional Development Scholarship winner.

Due to cancellation of the 2020 TESOL International Convention, she may apply the scholarship to the 2021 convention in Houston.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) International Association is the trusted global authority for knowledge and expertise in English language teaching.
Member News
Walk for Dyslexia - In Your Own Neighborhood
Skip the port-a-potties…skip the check-in line and walk for a purpose in your own neighborhood. Walk to support Children’s Dyslexia Center!

When? Saturday, May 16th

How? Collect pledges for your own, unique course. Run a 5k around your neighborhood or at a local park….or plot a walk from your bedroom to the kitchen and back again.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event— register now! 
Success Stories
Meet Joe from Menominee Tribal Education
Joe Grignon of Keshena, Wisconsin is a graduate of Menominee Tribal Education’s GED Prep Program.

His experience in high school was sometimes difficult. Joe fell behind and was not able to catch up in time to graduate with his peers.

The GED Prep Program gave him a chance to move forward in life.

Thrive Workforce Banking Program
Congratulations to Journey House's five graduates of their THRIVE Workforce Banking program with PNC Bank.

Journey House's THRIVE (Transforming, Healthy, Reliable, Inspiring, Valued, and Employable) training and internship program prepares participants for careers in banking, culinary arts, retail, construction & architectural design, emergency services, manufacturing, sports turf management & landscaping, food & agriculture, green economy, and STEAM through industry recognized certificate training programs.

Professional Development
Thursday Morning Coffee Breaks for Wisconsin Literacy Members
Join Wisconsin Literacy in conversation with members across the state.

Smartphones Are an Access Equalizer: Smartphones as a Primary Form of Connection and Learning

Book Club Break – What are you reading? Let’s share!

Topic to be determined
Visit Wisconsin Literacy's Resources Section
You will find:
Free Distance Learning Series With COABE
Contact Wisconsin Literacy for free COABE membership information.

This series includes six FREE downloadable courses.
  • Technology for the Virtual Classroom
  • Records management and Communication
  • A Teacher's View of Distance Learning
  • Soft Skills for Distance learning Teaching
  • Utilizing Reports to Maximize Learning Outcomes
  • A Teacher's View of Data-Driven Distance Learning Instruction

Starting with the basics and moving to more advanced, they'll touch on some of the most common distance learning topics in adult education.

After viewing each course, a Certificate of Attendance is emailed. After viewing the entire series, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion in Distance Learning.
Resources and Funding Opportunities
Mobile Learning Fund
Now, more than ever, learners’ abilities to continue learning using digital resources is so important.

ProLiteracy is still accepting applications for the Mobile Learning Fund, which provides quality digital solutions to help teach adults to read. Subscriptions and licenses offered through the Mobile Learning Fund include several digital products offered by New Readers Press. Programs can apply for awards of up to $3,000 to help learners continue to learn during this necessary suspension of classes.

Write Her Future Institute
Applications for the Write Her Future Institute have been reopened for programs.

ProLiteracy and Lancôme USA have partnered to develop Write Her Future, an initiative to empower women with new opportunities and tools to increase their literacy skills and enrich their lives.

Sign up for cycle 2 of ProLiteracy's Learning Upgrade Challenge!
The second cycle of the ProLiteracy Learning Upgrade Challenge is starting Friday, May 1. Education providers, instructors, and learners can join the ProLiteracy Learning Upgrade Challenge to compete for rewards based on activity on the Learning Upgrade app.

Any adult literacy or adult education provider can participate in the ProLiteracy Learning Upgrade Challenge. Providers who have never used or piloted Learning Upgrade will be provided pilot licenses for the 4-month period. Providers who have purchased Learning Upgrade licenses can join the Challenge too!

Providers who have purchased Learning Upgrade and were enrolled in the previous cycle of the ProLiteracy Learning Upgrade Challenge will automatically be enrolled into the upcoming Challenge.
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