e-Literacy News

 

A Publication of Florida's Adult and

Family Literacy Resource Center

Oct. 2007, vol. 8

Events in Literacy

Free ESOL Tutor   Training

Oct. 27, 2007

Columbia County Public Library, Downtown Branch

Lake City, FL 32055

 

To register contact:

Yari Payne (407) 246-7110 ext 203

 

Basic/ESOL In-Service Dealing with Learning Disabilities

Sponsor: Hillsborough Literacy Council, Inc.
Where: John F. Germany Auditorium
When: October 27, 2007

To register or for more information, contact:
Carol Bockenek at (813) 273-3650 

 

TABE 601

Where: Viera, FL
When: October 29, 2007

For more information, contact Christalee Burkett at 407.622.8951 or via email at aimcsb@aol.com.

 

LD Classroom Strategies: Reading Writing and Math

Nov. 16 2007

Santa Fe Community College Gainesville

Contact Anita Moore

Amoore6@cfl.rr.com

 

 

Literacy Ambassador Training

Plantation Inn and Golf Resort
November 30th to December 1st

For more Information Contact
Tom Pattison (407)246-7110


Statewide Calendar of Events

Funding Opportunities:

Jim Moran Grant

The Jim Moran Foundation offers grants to 501(c)(3) organizations in Florida that concentrate on issues such as literacy, education, domestic violence and child abuse intervention, after school programs and more.

AT&T Foundation Competitive Grant Program

The AT&T Foundation has launched a grant program to help nonprofits integrate wireless communications technology

Quick Links
FLC Website
Grants and Funding
Resource Catalog

This issue includes:

FLC Releases the 2007 Florida Literacy Data and Statistic Reference Guide

Do You Know an Adult Learner with an Interesting Story to Tell?

President Bush Signs Executive Order to Address Adult Education

FLC Releases Study Examining Attributes of Successful Adult Learners

October is Health Literacy Month  

Florida Literacy Conference call for presenters!

Help plan the 2008 Florida Literacy Conference

State Parks Join in Celebrating Literacy in September

FLC Welcomes new staff

Points of Light

National Study Assesses U.S. Adults' Financial Literacy

Accepting Nominations - Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award

Report Offers Estimates of Numbers and Costs to Provide English Instruction to Legal and Unauthorized Immigrant Adults


FLC Releases the 2007 Florida Literacy Data and Statistic Reference Guide

The on-line Florida Literacy Data and Statistics Reference Guide has been updated for 2007.   This popular resource has local, state and national statistics and research on topics ranging from county census data to how literacy affects the economy, health and homelessness.  In total, data is provided in 17 categories to make it easy to find relevant information fast!  

Thanks to the Florida Department of Education, Division of Workforce Education for making this resource possible.

Do You Know an Adult Learner with an Interesting Story to Tell?

Literacy Ambassador Training
November 30th to December 1st

This program is designed for adult learners who wish to become advocates in the field of literacy. The attendees will receive training which will focus on helping them with public speaking skills and becoming comfortable telling their stories in front of others.

Information Flyer

Registration Form for the training which will be held at the Plantation Inn and Golf Resort.

President Bush Signs Executive Order to Address Adult Education

On September 27th the White House announced that it is establishing an Interagency Adult Education Working Group to use existing Federal programs that serve adults, including new Americans, to strengthen literacy skills, improve opportunities for postsecondary education and employment, and facilitate participation in American life.

President Bush tasked U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to lead an Interagency Adult Education Working Group which will coordinate a joint approach addressing the educational needs of adults. By bringing together all relevant federal agencies, the Working Group seeks to strengthen existing programs and improve adult participation in post-secondary education.

Access the full text of the Executive Order


FLC Releases Study Examining Attributes of Successful Adult Learners

Why do certain adult literacy students succeed while others do not? The drop out rate in adult basic education and literacy programs is troublingly high. One third of Adult Basic Education (ABE) students leave their programs before advancing an educational level. In a review of adult education programs in Florida, only 25% of students studying for the GED took and passed the test.

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October is Health Literacy Month

Empower Students to Make Good Health Care Choices

Health Literacy is simply defined as a person's ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information in order to properly treat themselves or a family member. A person's ability to manage any medical condition is very important to their health. But sometimes just researching the disease can be overwhelming. Imagine not being able to understand the literature the doctor hands you. This was the reason behind the Healthy People 2010 initiative. It's a national initiative to improve the health of Americans by 2010 through a defined set of objectives. October is observed as health literacy month nationally every year. It is an opportunity to promote the importance of understanding health information.

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Florida Literacy Conference News

Regal Sun Resort Orlando, FL
May 7-9, 2008

 

 


 

 

 Florida Literacy Conference 2008 Call for Presenters!

Do you have a something to share with Florida's adult education and  literacy practitioners?   If so, we invite you to submit a session proposal by December 17, 2008. 

Early birds be on the look out for registration to begin in early November. Registrations fees are now listed at the FLC webpage.

Help Plan the 2008 Florida Literacy Conference

FLC is looking for volunteers to serve on its 2008 Conference Planning Committee.   This is a great way to meet other practitioners and help set the direction for your Florida Literacy Conference!

This committee will meet face to face one time followed by monthly (1 hour) conference calls leading up to the conference. This committee is key in helping to shape the conference in various ways such as identifying speakers/presenters, securing loans of audio visual equipment, identifying volunteers and resources,  promoting the conference and advising on a range of conference activities. 

Members of the committee will receive a discount for conference registration rate and will be recognized with their organizations at the opening general session and in the conference program.   

Anyone interested should contact Yari Payne, Education and Training Coordinator via email payney@floridaliteracy.org or call (407) 246-7110 ext. 203. 
 

State Parks Join in Celebrating

Literacy in September

 

Governor Crist signed a proclamation recognizing September as Florida Adult and Family Literacy Month. The Florida Cabinet also signed a corresponding resolution recognizing International Literacy Day and the establishment of a special partnership to promote reading in Florida's State Park System.


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FLC Welcomes New Staff

The Florida Literacy Coalition is pleased to welcome several new members to our team, as well as bid farewell and good luck to Kelley Jain who, after serving almost four years with FLC, accepted a position with an Orlando based private high school.

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Points of Light

A great way to recognize literacy volunteers and organizations

Millions of people around this country volunteer their time to try and make a difference in the community and to make an impact on individual lives. The Points of Light Foundation offers recognition to those who have dedicated their time to help others and solve social problems. The Community Leadership and Daily Points of Light Awards are exceptional ways to show volunteers how much they are appreciated and to celebrate their success. Recipients of the Community Leadership Award are chosen based on recommendations presented by the Points of Light Foundation's annual National Conference Host Committee and the award is presented in conjunction with the conference.

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National Study Assesses U.S. Adults' Financial Literacy

Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University has released results of a national survey that assesses U.S. adults' self-reported levels of financial literacy.  The findings indicate that less than 30% of U.S. adults view their personal financial knowledge as very good or better.


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Nominations Now Being Accepted for the
Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of

the Year Award

The Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award recognizes individual contributions to improving literacy for youth and adults. The Teacher of the Year will receive $5,000 for his or her program and is honored at the National Conference on Family Literacy.  The nomination deadline is December 5, 2007.

The award program is open to family educators who work in:

  • Early childhood

  • K-5 education

  • Adolescent literacy

  • Adult literacy/ESL

  • Parenting education

  • Library literacy programs

  • Community literacy 

Visit www.famlit.org/ToyotaTeacher for program guidelines.

Report Offers First-Time Estimates of Numbers and Costs to Provide English Instruction to Legal and Unauthorized Immigrant Adults

Florida ranks among the states whose immigrants need the most help in improving their English language skills, determined a recently released report by The Migration Policy Institute. With immigration approaching record levels in recent years, English instruction classes across the country are full and have waiting lists of thousands of people.

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This publication is made possible through the support of the Florida Department of Education, Division of Workforce Education and AmeriCorps*VISTA