November 2, 2021
In this Issue:
  • Meet Jaime
  • Member Spotlight: Adult Literacy Center - Ozaukee
  • Welcome Nicole Horsley to Our Board of Directors
  • Connecting Literacy Learners with Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • All About CASAS
  • Workplace Networking Call
  • Call for Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit Proposals
  • Mobilizing America for Refugees Grant Application
  • Race Bridge: How Does Media Influence Our Ideas About Race?
  • How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them
Literacy Success Stories
Meet Jaime
Jaime wanted to improve his reading skills, to help him in his custodial and maintenance position at the local high school. He also dreamed of more career opportunities and someday becoming a U.S. Citizen.

His hard work has lifted up his literacy skills in 5 short months.
Literacy is the Key to Independence:
Adult Literacy Center – Ozaukee
Improving language and literacy skills brings independence and the ability to advocate for yourself. Adult Literacy Center - Ozaukee (ALC) encourages their adult learners to celebrate successes beyond just test scores.

“Many studies say that the greatest predictor of someone's ability to achieve their goals and to achieve success is if they have hope,” shared Sarah Gilday, Executive Director of ALC.
Wisconsin Literacy News
Welcome Nicole Horsley to Our Board of Directors
"I believe that literacy is important because it plays a significant role in reducing gender, race / ethnicity, socioeconomic, linguistic, ability, and religious inequities that favor one group over another."

Nicole Horsley, the new Director of Literacy and Mathematics at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, comes to DPI with 16 years of experience in the School District of South Milwaukee and from multiple roles, most recently an elementary building principal.

She is passionate about providing equitable educational opportunities to each and every learner and truly looks forward to promoting literacy across the state.
Professional Development
Connecting Literacy Learners with Apprenticeship Opportunities
We will meet with Jessica Williams and Ryan Herber from the Department of Workforce Development to discuss how we can connect literacy learners to apprenticeship opportunities.
All About CASAS
Join us on November 11 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm for All About CASAS!

Learn how to implement quality ABE and ESL programs that include standardized accountability measures and tools for learners, teachers and administrators. The CASAS framework assists programs to assess with remote and face-to-face testing, instruct, and track learner progress from beginning literacy through transition to post-secondary and the workforce. Join 40 states who have adopted CASAS, an integrated system to foster successful adult education programs. CASAS is a non-profit organization.
Workplace Networking Call
Join us on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm.

Before we talk, watch:

Come with:
  • questions about workplace literacy
  • your program’s successes 
  • challenges you face
Call for Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit Proposals
We invite you to submit a proposal for a 60-minute breakout session and/or poster presentation for the 2022 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit.

The Summit will take place in-person on April 4 - 6, 2022 at The Edgewater in Madison. This year’s theme is 'Embracing Health Literacy in the New Normal: Digital Communications, Telehealth, Health Insurance, and Health Equity.'

Summit Tracks include:
  • Health Literacy in Communities
  • Digital Health Literacy  
  • Health Equity and Social Justice
  • Health Insurance Literacy  

Please submit the application found here: for a breakout session and/or poster presentation by Monday, November 8, 2021.
Resources and Funding Opportunities
Mobilizing America for Refugees Grant Application
This is a grant opportunity for non-resettlement agencies who are working with Afghans. 

  • Deadline November 15th 
  • Must operate in a community receiving Afghans
  • Grants of $15K or $45K
  • 1 year to spend the money
  • Monthly reporting and participation in a learning community (3-5 hours/month) required

What can the funds be used for? These are general operating funds and can be used for any charitable purpose tied to refugee resettlement. This can include but is not limited to: goods to meet refugees’ basic needs, staff salary to coordinate community engagement and volunteers, occupancy costs to store donations, transportation costs to deliver donations, etc. 

Racial Justice Resources
Race Bridge: How Does Media Influence Our Ideas About Race?
Thursday, November 4, 2021

The media we consume plays a huge role in how we view the world around us. Television, radio, publications and online content are a direct line to our thoughts and minds. So, how do depictions of race in the media influence us as content consumers?

  • What role has media played in your life? 
  • What responsibility (or capacity) does the media have to share information and entertainment that is 100% free from racial bias? 
  • Is it the role of media to drive anti-racism or is it all on consumers to filter information based on their own value systems? 

Join Fuel Milwaukee for a Race Bridge discussion that will explore the ways that media influences people’s ideas about race, racism, inclusion and equity. They'll look at the history of race and media, how bias can show up in storytelling, what happens when it does, and what industry insiders are doing about it.
How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them
Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxBeaconStreet, an independent event. TED's editors chose to feature it for you.
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