November 2019: Professional Development and Conference Resources
In this Issue:
  • We're Hiring! Northwest Regional Literacy Consultant Position
  • Conference Resources Available
  • Innovative Ways to Incorporate Health Literacy Into Adult Education
  • Marketing on a Tiny Budget
  • Winnebago County Literacy Council's Spellbound for Literacy
  • Meet Cristina Sandoval from Literacy Green Bay
  • Member Spotlight: Literacy Green Bay
  • Opening Doors to Health Literacy at Your Library
  • Seamless: Soft Skills in the Classroom and Beyond
  • Equity in the Classroom
  • English Forward Training this Winter
  • Informational Meeting to Learn about SkillsUSA
  • Grants for Digital Educational Materials
Wisconsin Literacy News
We're Hiring! Northwest Regional Literacy Consultant Position
We’re hiring a Regional Literacy Consultant (60 hours a month).

As the Northwest Regional Literacy Consultant, you would:
  • Support member organizations to build capacity and improve outcomes
  • Participate in community initiatives
  • Develop collaborations with local technical college, W-2 agencies and workforce partners

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. Passion for moving people forward through literacy and education is a constant among our team. 
Conference Resources Available
Thank you to all who came to the Common Ground Conference last month.

Wisconsin Literacy sponsored session handouts and additional resources are available on our online resource section.

Innovative Ways to Incorporate Health Literacy Into Adult Education
The academic journal Health Literacy Research to Practice Journal. recently released a special issue on the intersection of Health Literacy and ABE (Adult Basic Education). The issue examines the ways health literacy and ABE have influenced each other to benefit adult populations with limited English language and literacy skills.

It features an article from Wisconsin Health Literacy called "Best Practices to Advance Health Literacy in a Wisconsin Adult Literacy Coalition."
Marketing on a Tiny Budget
by Marsha Connet, Southeast Regional Literacy Consultant

You are an expert about the literacy services you provide to your learners. No one knows what you do better than you and your staff. You know the challenges your students face and you also know their amazing stories of grit, determination and success. You are the best person to tell that story.

Member News
Winnebago County Literacy Council's Spellbound for Literacy
You’re invited to a fun and exciting night of team competition - an adult spelling bee!

When: Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Culver Family Welcome Center-UW Oshkosh 
It is team spelling so no individual pressure and it's tons of fun! Check out the Wine Wall, Chocolate Wall, Basket and 50/50 Raffles and more. Guests will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and a cash bar.
There are many ways to participate in Spellbound for Literacy:
  • Sponsor a table
  • Gather your friends and family to form a team
  • Donate (gift baskets, bottles of wine, gift cards or gift certificates.) No gift is too big or small!
For more information or to reserve a spot today, please visit Winnebago County Literacy Council online at or contact: Angie Fralish, or 920-573-5507.
Success Stories
Meet Cristina Sandoval from Literacy Green Bay
Cristina came to the United States from Mexico in 2006.

As her family grew, she sometimes took time off from English classes, but always came back because she knew the importance of learning English, both for herself and for her children.  

She was determined to improve her English skills and set a goal of obtaining citizenship.

Member Spotlight:
Literacy Green Bay
Literacy Green Bay (LGB) serves many adult refugees (primarily Somali) and immigrants who never learned to read or write in their native languages.  

LGB helps these learners develop rudimentary skills (how to form the letters and hold a pencil), then form sentences and paragraphs, and eventually earn citizenship or GEDs. 

Professional Development
Opening Doors to Health Literacy at Your Library
Guest Speaker: Leslie Gelders, Literacy Coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries

Date: Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am CT / 9:00am – 10:00am MT

Public libraries are in the unique position to provide innovative programs and credible information that enhance the health and wellness of members of their communities.

This session will describe exciting programs that can be easily duplicated by libraries of any size. Learn where to locate health concerns of your state, what libraries might do to address some of those concerns, where to find community partners, and what resources are available to support these efforts.

Hear ideas that have taken place in Oklahoma that have inspired children, teens, families, adults, and seniors to exercise more, eat better, and become active advocates for their own well-being. Libraries that are not providing health wellness programming may be missing wonderful opportunities to address critical needs of the community, collaborate with non-traditional community partners, and think “outside the box” with library programming and resources.

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Seamless: Soft Skills in the Classroom and Beyond
Need your COABE membership ID? Contact by November 11th.

Date: Monday, November 18
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
Presenter: Susan Roberts 
Equity in the Classroom Conference
Join instructors from across Wisconsin for a day of free interactive professional development to explore and strengthen strategies that support equity in your classroom.

When: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 8:00 am- 3:40 pm
Locations include:
  • Milwaukee
  • De Pere
  • Eau Claire
  • Wausau
  • Madison

Registration and agenda: HTTPS://CVENT.ME/aQXXg

60 Forward’s goal is: moving Wisconsin to a post-secondary education attainment rate of 60% by 2027.

Your participation at this conference will:
  • create more equitable learning environments in your programs
  • highlight adult and family literacy’s contribution to post-secondary educational attainment
English Forward Training This Winter
Wisconsin Literacy will offer English Forward training in Milwaukee this winter. Trainings in Wausau and southwestern Wisconsin will be scheduled for the spring.

English Forward is an instructional approach training for tutors and instructors working with ELL (English Language Learners). In the training you will: 

  • learn how to use the English Forward framework. 
  • practice a variety of teaching strategies.
  • receive an instructor guide and beginning level curriculum.

Training Details:
  • Free for Wisconsin Literacy members (tutors and instructors included), $85 for non-members
  • Lunch is not provided – there is a break to grab lunch on your own
  • Register: 
In Milwaukee
  • January 15 and 16, 8:30-2:00 pm (You must attend both days)
  • Central United Methodist Church (639 N. 25th St., Milwaukee)

Resources and Funding Opportunities
Informational Meeting to Learn about SkillsUSA
Are you curious about the SkillsUSA Career Essentials employability skill curricular resources that were highlighted recently through a press release shared with COABE partners? Would you like to learn more? 
SkillsUSA is offering four virtual informational sessions to share an overview of the resources and answer questions that relate to individuals who work with adult learners. Please review the options available and submit your registration here if interested. If you are able to find a time in our options that works, you will receive a calendar item with a Zoom link. If none of the meeting dates/times work for you, please feel welcome to submit a time when you are available and SkillsUSA will do their best to accommodate your schedule. 
Bring your needs and curiosities and learn how this resource might work for you and your learners.
Grants for Digital Educational Materials
Building on ProLiteracy’s rich history of providing quality instructional materials through the National Book Fund, the Mobile Learning Fund aims to help adult literacy programs incorporate digital solutions into instruction for adult learners.
The Mobile Learning Fund provides grants to programs and individuals in the form of digital instructional materials available from New Readers Press, ProLiteracy’s publishing division. Licenses and/or subscriptions available through this fund include the following products:  
  • New Readers Press Online Learning
  • Learning Upgrade®
  • Voxy®
  • Leamos™
  • News for You Online

Applications are now being accepted. More information about the application process, criteria, and products is available on the Mobile Learning Fund web page.
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