November 2020 | Adult Education Monthly Newsletter
In this Issue:
  • Wisconsin Literacy's Impact Report 2019-2020
  • Save the Date for Giving Tuesday
  • Using News for You Online Webinar
  • Plain Language Virtual Trainings
  • Adult Educator Virtual Workshop Training
  • Fall Conference Webinars Available
  • Co-Director Position at Portage County Literacy Council
  • Congratulations to Madison Reading Project, Winner of "Wisconsin Innovation Award - People's Choice"
  • Madison Reading Project, Community Book Drive
  • Farewell Annamarie Carlson
  • Meet Elin from Fox Valley Literacy
  • Member Spotlight: Fox Valley Literacy
  • Madison College Talks: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • How Volunteers Can Help You Raise Money this Giving Tuesday
  • Advocacy Toolkit for Adult Education and Literacy
Wisconsin Literacy News
Wisconsin Literacy's Impact Report 2019-2020
Literacy is more essential now than ever to secure the well-being of individuals, families, workplaces and communities.

Read how you have impacted people all over Wisconsin.
Save the Date
Giving Tuesday
December 1, 2020
Professional Development
Using News for You Online Webinar
Join us November 12th at 10:30 am for the latest Thursday Morning Coffee Chat.

Refresh your knowledge and review the features of News for You Online. Ann Beeson, representative and consultant, will:
  • walk you through the program;
  • highlight specific learning opportunities; and
  • show various activities and free resources.
Plain Language Virtual Trainings
With greater distractionsclear communication is more important than ever. 

Wisconsin Literacy offers a virtual training series around plain language, with introductory prices. (Literacy members get a discount. See your RLC/RCC for more information.)

Plain language strategies:
  • save time and money by getting your message across faster.
  • motivate your readers to act quickly and accurately.
  • reduce time you spend prompting readers, clarifying questions, and correcting errors.

Learn more or register for upcoming trainings at:
Adult Educator Virtual Workshop Training
Literacy Services of Wisconsin, in partnership with the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin, is offering a virtual workshop series this fall that will focus on the foundational aspects of adult literacy education.

This series has been developed to support staff, volunteers, partners, and other friends of literacy in thinking more deeply about how they can actively facilitate and enhance their online and distance learning courses in a COVID-19 world.

Topics include:
  • Assessments
  • Lesson Planning
  • Student Experience
  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Strategies
  • ELL Instruction

You can sign up for individual courses with the button below.
Fall Conference Webinars
Missed the fall conference webinars? You can still watch them on YouTube. Make sure to subscribe to Wisconsin Literacy to stay current with our webinars.
Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Tutors Virtually Webinar
Blended Workforce Training Webinar
Jail Literacy Programming During COVID Webinar
Introductory TABE Overview Webinar
Virtual Learning for Low Level Learners Webinar
Member News
Congratulations to Madison Reading Project, Winner of "Wisconsin Innovation Award - People's Choice"
Congratulations to member agency Madison Reading Project for winning the 2020 Peoples Choice award in a Milwaukee-based virtual awards ceremony Oct. 13.

With COVID abruptly shutting down schools and libraries, Madison Reading Project partnered with school and community social workers to safely deliver a record-setting 40,000 free books to children and their families.

Madison Reading Project, Community Book Drive
Madison Reading Project is excited to announce the first annual Community Book Drive that will be held across Dane County from November 15th - December 15th.

There are many ways individuals, groups and businesses can help us collect books and funds to ensure kids in our community have access to high-quality books at home.

We’re partnering with the Empty Stocking Club and other community organizations to give over 10,000 books to kids this holiday season.

Check out our Community Book Drive page for details.
Farewell Annamarie Carlson
Annamarie Carlson is leaving her position as Special Programs Coordinator at the International Institute of Wisconsin. She will be taking a position in the testing center at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

We wish her well but will miss her expertise and passion for literacy.
Job Postings
Co-Director Position at Portage County Literacy Council
Are you looking for a new part-time opportunity? Do you like working collaboratively to achieve goals? The Portage County Literacy Council is hiring a co-director!

At the PCLC, they help adults in their community obtain the literacy skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency and community integration. Their learners are their neighbors, coworkers, and friends, and at the center of everything they do.

If you believe that literacy is a human right and want to make an impact, check out the attached job description and apply by emailing your cover letter, resume, and three references to The cover letter should comprehensively address your skills and experience as they relate to the job duties. The position will remain open until filled.
Success Stories
Meet Elin from Fox Valley Literacy
Elin worked on the processing line at a meat packaging facility for ten years. Although he tried to interview for a promotion, he was nervous and struggled with English, his second language.

Then, he decided to improve his English and study for his U.S. Citizenship at Fox Valley Literacy. His wife said “Everything changed” after that decision.

Fox Valley Literacy: The Personal Connection
Building relationships are key to FVL’s success. “Because we have a close relationship with people, they trust us in other matters, a resource to navigate the community,” Brian Leone Tracy, Executive Director, states.

This year, they will serve over 300 people through the close, personalized connection of tutors, and some small conversation groups.

Racial Justice Resources
Madison College Talks: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Madison College's Vice President of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Lucía Nuñez, will facilitate this discussion with Dr. Kendi, one of America's foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is the author bestselling book, How To Be An Antiracist.

Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.
In an interview with Ibrim X. Kendi, “Education and Love Are Not the Answer,” in The Undefeated, he said that “the actual foundation of racism is not ignorance and hate, but self-interest, particularly economic and political and cultural.”
Resources and Funding
How Volunteers Can Help You Raise Money this Giving Tuesday
December 1 is Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that falls the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States.

Giving Tuesday is a great way to raise money for your agency or cause. Learn more at

Make the most of Giving Tuesday this year. Learn how recruiting and encouraging volunteers to connect with friends via Facebook can help you spread the word and raise more money.
Advocacy Toolkit for Adult Education and Literacy
This NEW Advocacy Toolkit from ProLiteracy describes how adult education and literacy (AEL) programs can use the latest skills data, program activity and success, and student impact stories to advocate with stakeholders at state and local levels, including:
  • State legislators
  • County/district legislators
  • Individual donors
  • Corporations and corporate foundations
  • Charitable foundations

What’s in the toolkit? 
  • Effective Advocacy Using PIAAC State and County Synthetic Data
  • Developing Effective Messaging and the Ask
  • Advocating with State and Local Legislators
  • How to Advocate with Donors, Foundations, and Corporations

Special Features:
  • Emphasis on state and county advocacy
  • Focus on using PIAAC state and county synthetic estimates released in 2020
  • Guides usage of valuable tools—PIAAC Skills Map, ProLiteracy Adult Literacy Impact Template, and Barbara Bush Foundation Literacy Gap Map—for advocacy
  • Special target on advocating virtually when in-person advocacy is not possible during the pandemic
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