#1 in Measurable Skill Gain Rates
LSW received a letter from Dr. Morna Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System, congratulating us on our status as #1 in Measurable Skill Gain rates for the entire state of Wisconsin!

This means that we ranked highest out of all technical colleges and community-based organizations providing services through the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in our collective ability to help students advance academically. Measurable Skill Gain rates assess the percentage of AEFLA students who either: (1) increase their educational functioning levels through pre-/post-testing in the academic year; (2) exit a program and enter postsecondary courses in the academic year; or (3) obtain a secondary school diploma or equivalent in the academic year.

This team effort is a true reflection of the work that we ALL accomplish together. Our students are dedicated to their studies and motivated to achieve their goals. Our staff is committed to our mission and supportive of each student’s personal educational journey at every level. Our volunteers provide individualized instruction targeting specific outcomes and lessons to help accelerate learning. Our instructors provide interactive hands-on activities that create connections beyond the classroom. Our community partners furnish additional resources and collaboration to further enrich our programming. Our Board of Directors provides leadership and guidance that drives our vision. Our donors help support this work so that we are able to make the impact we do. Each and every student who attends LSW, no matter where we’re located, is accessing opportunity through education. Every person who supports LSW contributes to the destruction of barriers and helps to create more equitable opportunities for career advancement, higher education, and personal enrichment. 

Creating impact requires teamwork, and each and every one of you is appreciated! Adult literacy matters and we will never give up on the belief that everyone should have access to quality educational services. 
Volunteer of the Month
Cindy Wiktorek, tutor extraordinaire, is LSW’s October Volunteer of the Month! Cindy, who has a love for the English language and its intricacies, has found tutoring to be a natural fit. Her journey to LSW was a long and winding one. She began tutoring alongside Sister Carol Lesch 12-14 years ago at Holy Wisdom Academy, eventually transitioning to Milwaukee Achiever, which merged with Literacy Services of Wisconsin in 2017. A believer in volunteering, giving back, and sharing gifts, Cindy stated “I’ve been very lucky in my life. I’ve been able to work steadily. I am lucky to share the gifts I’ve been given.” Cindy has always been interested in government and public policy. She found herself becoming aware of the growth of immigration in our community and the issues many people face. She thought, “What can I do? I can do something on a local level.” Cindy is engaged in what’s going on in the community and believes that influences at the local level are incredibly important and have a direct impact on community members. 

Cindy tutors for three sessions, amounting to almost five hours, on a weekly basis at our Layton Center, located in the Sisters of St. Francis building. One of her current students is an ELL student from China. They have been working together for 13 months and her student started with little to no English. Seeing her students’ progress over time and learning about who they are is what inspires Cindy to continue to volunteer as a tutor. After every class she leaves with a good feeling, a feeling that tells her this is the right place to be. After over a decade of volunteering, tutoring more ELL students than she can count, she describes her students as, “such lovely people.” Even if they only stay for a semester, Cindy values the opportunity to get to know her students, their families, and how unbelievably hardworking they are. With an appreciation for how challenging it is to learn English, she believes the students and families she has met over the years are the people you want as friends, neighbors, and citizens. We are grateful for Cindy’s kind nature and everlasting commitment to our determined students.
Featured Volunteer Opportunity
Adult Basic Education Evening Program Assistant

We are looking for one or two committed volunteers to assist in leading our Adult Basic Education program at our Downtown location. The ABE Classroom Leader will support student-tutor pairs, manage classroom materials, and act as a float tutor when needed. The two-hour shifts are Mondays and/or Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00pm. Training and on-going support will be provided! Please use the links below to find more information on this and other volunteer opportunities.
Upcoming Events
Gift Wrapping for Literacy at Boswell Book Company

Give the gift of books! We will be at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer, gift wrapping books for Boswell customers and spreading the good news of LSW and the importance of adult education. Come say hi to our lovely volunteers while supporting an independent book store this holiday season!

Monday, December 9th
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 12th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 14th
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, December 16th
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
MATC City-Wide GED/HSED Graduation

Literacy Services of Wisconsin  will be participating in the   MATC GED/HSED Graduation  o n Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at Cooley Auditorium on MATC's Downtown Milwaukee Campus from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
 
LSW will have 5 GED graduates and 61 HSED graduates represented at this event. That is a total of 66 graduates!  
 
LSW will also have 11 graduates from the Construction HSED program in partnership with  WRTP/BIG STEP   participating in the ceremony.

This event is free and open to the public.
MATC Graduation
Egg Plate Charity
Blue's Egg - Shorewood
December

Literacy Services has been selected as the Egg Plate Charity for the month of December! All month, Blue's Egg - Shorewood will donate $1 to LSW for every egg plate sold. The monthly egg plate charity program is one of the ways Blue's Egg hopes to help support our great community. We hope to to see you there!

4195 N. Oakland Ave
Shorewood, WI
(414) 312-8551
Through supporting the needs of the community Blue's Egg strives to preserve the EGG:
Everyone’s Good Graces.
Mark Your Calendar
November
27th  -  All sites close at 3 pm
28th-29th  -  All Sites Closed
Thanksgiving

December
5th -  Volunteer Orientation
9:30-10:30 am - Downtown Center
17th -  Winter Honors Celebration
11:45 am - Downtown Center

Winter Break
All sites closed Dec. 23rd - Jan. 3rd
January
7th -  Volunteer Orientation
9:30-10:30 am - Downtown Center
20th -  All Sites Closed
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
22nd -  Volunteer Orientation
5:30-6:30 pm - Downtown Center

February
5th -  Volunteer Orientation
9:30-10:30 am - Layton Center
20th -  Volunteer Orientation
5:30-6:30 pm - Layton Center
 Follow local media announcements for weather-related closings, call our office, or check our website to verify if we have canceled classes due to inclement weather.
Welcome (Back) Our Newest Staff Member
Adriana V ázquez
Program Director/Instructor - Layton Center

It's great to be back at LSW! Earlier this year I celebrated three years as Program Director of our MPS Adult Learning Lab inside of South Division High School. After a short while away this summer and early fall, I'm thrilled to be back as the new Program Director of our other Southside location- Layton Center!

I started my career 6 years ago as a high school history teacher in MPS after graduating from Alverno College with a B.A. in History and Secondary Education. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to gain experience along the spectrum of education, teaching elementary level children as a reading and math intervention teacher, up through to adults at LSW. I am currently pursuing an M.A. in Education and a supplemental teaching license in Bilingual and ESL (ELL) education.

My family is from Michoacán, Mexico (the state that inspired the movie Coco!) I was born and raised on Milwaukee’s Southside, and it's really important to me to serve in the community I grew up in and still live in.

Outside of work, I enjoy drinking coffee, watching movies, trying new foods, and spending time with my family. Mostly, I love to learn about history and world cultures, and this impacts my teaching philosophy and style profoundly.

I'm so happy to be back, and I can't wait to see what the future holds at LSW!