Professional Development and Literacy Resources for October 2019
In this Issue:
  • Wisconsin Literacy Reinvented Annual Meeting
  • Rethinking Volunteer Management
  • You Made a Big Impact Last Year
  • Aaron's Top 5 GED Conference Tips
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month Event
  • Success Story: Meet Ian from Children's Dyslexia Center - Madison
  • Member Spotlight: Latino Academy for Workforce Development
  • Register for the 2019 Common Ground Conference!
  • Training in Online Products – Online GED and GED Prep Online
  • English Forward Trainings This Fall & Winter
  • Census 2020: Preparing Your Adult Education Program, Participants, and Community
Wisconsin Literacy News
Wisconsin Literacy Reinvented Annual Meeting
Join us for a reinvented Wisconsin Literacy Annual Meeting!

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Where: Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley
333 W College Ave Appleton, WI 54911

Meet current Wisconsin Literacy board members and hear from Peter Waite from ProLiteracy. We will roll out our updated website resources and explain our reinvented voting process.

Enjoy bountiful hors' d'oeuvres and soft drinks in the company of your literacy friends.

Please RSVP by October 4th
Rethinking Volunteer Management
By Anna Bierer, Northeast Regional Literacy Consultant

Programs often ask me how others are recruiting new volunteers. Much effort goes into getting the word out and connecting new people to your program. Then, of course, you need to take the time to screen them, orient them, and train them – all quite time consuming.

I think we place our energy into the wrong step in the process.

What if you took the amount of time and energy you spend recruiting volunteers and swap that with the amount of time and energy you spend maintaining volunteers?

You Made a Big Impact Last Year
“You have begun to understand the meaning of human existence when you plant shade trees under which you know full well you will never sit.” ~ D.L. Trueblood

Together, we were able to:
  • equip parents with GED materials necessary to earn it
  • advocate for justice-involved individuals
  • impact workplace literacy
  • expand easy to read prescription labels to almost 1 in 5 pharmacies in Wisconsin

While we may never know the far-reaching impact of this work, your continued efforts make it all possible. Thank you for helping us plant the trees and provide the shade for years to come.
Member News
Aaron's Top 5 GED Conference Tips
The GED Testing Service held its 2019 annual conference in Chicago June 24-26 “Real Connections, Real Breakthroughs.” With its powerful keynote speaker, three professional development tracks, and a student awards luncheon, there was a little something for everyone. 

  1. Don’t ban phones in class – put them to good use!
  2. A cartoon a day…
  3. Everything we do is connected to science in some way.  
  4. Don’t overlook fiction texts in the GED classroom.
  5. If you’re not sure if accommodations are appropriate, just ask!

All of the conference materials are archived online at https://ged.com/gedts19/ and may be referenced accordingly
Dyslexia Awareness Month Event
Want to learn more about dyslexia?

Join Children's Dyslexia Center - Madison for a free innovative dyslexia simulation experience.

When: October 9th from 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Where: Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison, WI 53711.
RSVP at bit.ly/2m6ZVQc

Come learn more about dyslexia and how we can all support our kids,
students, friends, and neighbors who struggle to read printed words.
  • Dyslexia Simulation Experience
  • Mini Film Fest for Kids 7+ featuring children experiencing dyslexia
  • Light dinner
Success Stories
Meet Ian from Children's Dyslexia Center - Madison
From the time Ian (pictured second from the right) was very young, his parents, Dana and Justin, knew something was different about the way Ian learned. As a kindergartner, he seemed to struggle with even the basics. Ian's parents had heard of dyslexia but didn't know much about it or what to do next. Then a friend told them about The Children's Dyslexia Center in Madison (CDC-M).

Member Spotlight: Latino Academy of Workforce Development
"We recognize the humanness in our students. We come here because of the American Dream. Education is part of that, good employment, and advancement," says Baltazar De Anda Santana, Director of Latino Academy of Workforce Development (LAWD).

LAWD works to help Latinos in the community gain education, employment, and training to achieve their American dream.

Professional Development
Register for the 2019 Common Ground Conference!
When: Wednesday, October 16th & Thursday, October 17th
Where: Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley 333 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911

Members get 1 free conference ticket per agency.

A Few Conference Highlights:
  • Rethinking Volunteer Management
  • Roundtable Discussions on English Language Learning
  • Funding Trends in Community-based Adult Literacy Programs
  • Immigration 101- What You Need to Know
  • Strengthening Allyship in Education
  • Reinvented Wisconsin Literacy Annual Meeting (Please RSVP)
  • Tips and Lessons Learned from Successful Jail Literacy Programs
  • Event Planning - Achieving Maximum Impact & Profit
  • Menominee's Journey to a Culture of Health
  • Training in Online Products - Online GED and GED Prep Online

We hope to see you there for a rich professional development opportunity.

For conference questions, contact Liz Fitzpatrick at  liz@wisconsinliteracy.org.
Training in Online Products – Online GED and GED Prep Online
Ann Beeson will present and reviews 3 online products: DCS GED Prep Online by Diversified Computer Services, and New Readers Press Online GED and Pre-GED courses. This presentation will showcase to attendees how they work and how they benefit students.

This presentation will take place both live at the Common Ground conference and online for those not able to attend.
English Forward Trainings This Fall & Winter
Wisconsin Literacy will offer English Forward trainings in Sheboygan and Milwaukee this fall and 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:
In Sheboygan
  • November 4 and 5, 9:30-3:00 pm (You must attend both days)
  • Mead Public Library, Rocca Room (710 N 8th St, Sheboygan)

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)

Contact Anna Bierer for more information.
Census 2020: Preparing Your Adult Education Program, Participants, and Community
Don't know your COABE Member ID?
Check with liz@wisconsinliteracy.org by October 4th

Webinar: October 11, 2019, 2:00 PM Eastern time

Census 2020 is critical! An undercount of your community will mean a loss of resources and representation for the next decade. Adult education programs like yours can make a difference.

This is the first in a series of three webinars on this subject. This first webinar will highlight California's campaign to prepare and connect adult education learners to Census jobs.

Neil Kelly of the California Adult Education Program office will discuss the development and outcomes of work with adult education programs and students across the state. John Werner of the Sequoia Adult Education program will share their Census Enumerator job preparation program resources.
Thank You
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