October 2020 | Your connection to literacy tips, trainings and resources
In this Issue:
  • Wisconsin Health Literacy's 10th Anniversary
  • Make Your Prescription Labels Easier to Understand
  • Voting Guide for Civic Engagement
  • Fall Virtual Conference
  • Plain Language Virtual Training
  • Virtual Workshop Series
  • Welcoming America
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Meet Pat with Jefferson County Literacy Council
  • Rise Up to the Challenges: Jefferson County Literacy Council
  • Madison College Talks: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • Special Offer for ProLiteracy Members: Free Registration!
  • ProLiteracy Public Policy Update 
Wisconsin Literacy News
Wisconsin Health Literacy's 10th Anniversary
In 2010, we created the Wisconsin Health Literacy division to establish critical partnerships between health care and literacy.

Thank you to all the partners, funders, supporters and community members who have been on this 10 year journey with us.

We couldn't have done it without you!
Make Your Prescription Labels Easier to Understand
Prescription labels are often confusing. Understanding labels can be a challenge for all patients, but especially for those who have low health literacy.

Patients who don’t know how to take their medications correctly can get hurt or even die. Wisconsin Health Literacy helps pharmacies create labels that are easier to read, understand, and follow.

Encourage your pharmacy to adopt these 8 practices to have a more patient friendly label.
Voting Guide for Civic Engagement
If you want to infuse real-life situations into a civics or general adult education lesson, here are clear resources on how:

  • to register to vote
  • to find out what is on your ballot, and
  • to vote absentee or in person in the next election.
Professional Development
Fall Virtual Conference
On October 6th, brew some tea, find a comfy spot, and join us for expert training and tips for adult educators, volunteers, and literacy program managers.

Don’t worry if a session is full – we will post all recordings on our website. 
Plain Language Virtual Training
Now that we’re connecting primarily through phone, virtual meetings and email, clear communication is more important than ever. 

Wisconsin Literacy offers a new 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: https://wisconsinliteracy.org/training/virtual-plain-language.html
Virtual Workshop Series
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.
Member News
Welcoming America
Neighborhood House's International Learning Program (ILP) participated in the Welcoming America project. Welcoming America is a national effort that brings "Welcomers" (those born and living in the U.S.) and refugees and immigrants together in a variety of projects.

With this project, ILP beautified their garden grounds and installed a temporary photo exhibit of students who have become, or will soon become, U.S. citizens. If you live in Milwaukee, go to 639 N. 25th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233 to see this display.
Dyslexia Awareness Month
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Our Celebration of Literacy keynote speaker, Shawn Robinson, PhD., is honoring the life of Dr. Robert T. Nash, the professor who first diagnosed him at age 18. He will bike 170 miles from Oshkosh to Evanston Illinois in one day to raise awareness on educational and health disparities. You can learn how to support his efforts here: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/2912182.
Success Stories
Meet Pat with Jefferson County Literacy Council
“Each and every person who goes to interview and passes is cause for celebration,” shares Pat Giese, tutor at Jefferson County Literacy Council who has guided students through U.S. citizenship preparation since 2010.

She identifies empathy as a powerful tool to connect with students reaching this important, life-changing goal.

With Pat, students not only prepare for the 100 civics-related questions, but also build their English conversation and reading comprehension skills. They read materials aloud and walk through the interview process to build their confidence.

Rise Up to the Challenges:
Jefferson County Literacy Council Nimbly Adapts to COVID Pandemic
“I think now more than ever literacy is a huge challenge,” Lynn Forseth, Executive Director of Jefferson County Literacy Council (JCLC), shares, “Many of the jobs that our learners have historically held -- restaurant work, service occupation, or retail -- are likely just going to disappear. People are going to have to retool and ramp up their skills in order to become employable.”

For 20 years, JCLC has served community members who want to improve their reading, writing, math, and job skills. JCLC has a history of rising to meet challenges - even the COVID pandemic.

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.
Special Offer for ProLiteracy Members:
Free Registration!
Literacy Partners, a ProLiteracy Organizational Member, presents an online series of virtual literary special events focused on the long quest for social and racial justice in America for Black Americans and other people of color, and for those whose lives are fundamentally shaped by the immigrant experience.

See your RLC/RCC about becoming a ProLiteracy member.
Advocacy Updates
ProLiteracy Public Policy Update 
Michele Erikson, Executive Director of Wisconsin Literacy, serves on ProLiteracy’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee that met on September 30th.

Michele Diecuch, ProLiteracy’s Senior Director of Programs, gave updates on the CARES Act funding related to Adult Education. While hopeful earlier in the summer that specific Adult Education dollars would be included the 2nd Relief package, it doesn’t look very promising at this point. It is predicted that there may not be a 2nd Relief package before the November election.

ProLiteracy sent comments to OCTAE (Office of Career and Technical Education) regarding the proposed changes to the NRS standards. Before new standards can be adopted, OCTAE will be reviewing all comments. Their comments can be downloaded here. 

There is a new ProLiteracy Advocacy Toolkit for Adult Ed. and Literacy to be released this month! An additional advocacy tool for members includes a recent report on COVID Rapid Response Report

In addition, there is a recent Gallup Report on the cost of low literacy levels commissioned by the Barbara Bush Foundation. Both of these tools can be used to advocate for funding.

Finally, there is a National Action Plan for Adult Literacy that will be released later this fall. The plan addresses several key focus areas of literacy including Access and Reach, Corrections Education, Professional Development and Data Use.
Thank You
Please send news you want to share to info@wisconsinliteracy.org so we can include it in the November 2020 e-news.

Thank you for your support!

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