Literacy Network
701 Dane St.
Madison, WI 53713
Phone 608-244-3911
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
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Celebrate International Literacy Day 2009 on September 8th

Literacy Network invites you to celebrate international literacy day and learn how to get involved to create change through literacy education. New and veteran volunteer tutors will have multiple opportunities to improve their skills by attending workshops with professional staff throughout the day. We plan to train more than 100 new volunteer tutors before December 1. Join us for this kick-off event to help meet that goal and improve your community!

Gov. Jim Doyle has proclaimed Sept. 8, 2009 Literacy Awareness Day. In the proclamation, Doyle recognizes the thousands of volunteers who "help their neighbors to improve literacy and English proficiency skills." Literacy organizations throughout the state will host various events to raise awareness.

"By improving literacy skills, we empower people to find better jobs, be more involved in their children's schooling and help them make informed healthcare decisions," said Executive Director Jeff Burkhart. Literacy Network volunteers and staff encourage learners to engage in critical thinking, goal setting, and writing.

Well-trained tutors are essential to Literacy Network. On Tuesday, September 8, we will offer several workshops and information sessions.

Schedule of events:

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Volunteer Information Session with Lynn Pawelski - Learn how to get involved!
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Conversation group for Tutors and Learners
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.- Workshop: Working with Advanced ESL Learners with Gregg Williard
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Volunteer Information Session with Lynn Pawelski
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Workshop: Working with Beginning Basic Literacy Learners with Brian Anderson
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshop: Using Technology to Help Your Learner with Brian Anderson
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Literacy Network Open House with Executive Director Jeff Burkhart
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Workshop: Citizenship Basics with Jennifer Sell
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Community Literacy Tutor Training with Beth Gaytan
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - Volunteer Information Session with Lynn Pawelski

Literacy Network programs are designed to give opportunities for learning sustainable and meaningful literacy skills.

Literacy Network provides:

Relevant content and materials by responding to the different needs of learners, considering their environment, circumstances and prior learning, with respect to gender, linguistic and cultural diversity.

Appropriate pedagogical approaches acknowledge children, adolescents and adults learn in different ways. Literacy Network staff and tutors bring different perspectives to literacy instruction. Literacy Network programs adapt, meeting learners where they are and matching their learning goals to appropriate instruction.

Literacy Network has provided adult and family literacy services to Dane County residents for 35 years. The organization serves primarily low income adults and families, offering programs tailored to the needs, goals, and learning styles of the individual students. In 2008, our organization helped more than 1,200 learners reach more than 4,700 functional literacy goals. These goals include: completing job applications, helping children with their homework and understanding a doctor's orders. We collaborate with many local organizations to provide these services. Since 1974, Literacy Network has a proven record of success in improving adult literacy and language skills.

Please join us to celebrate International Literacy Day on Sept. 8! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, please call 608-244-3911 to reserve your space in an upcoming information session.

Literacy Network is a member of Wisconsin Literacy and is recruiting tutors locally as part of its 1200 tutors in 12 weeks. The tutor training drive is supported by Verizon's "Check Into Literacy" program and Wisconsin Literacy. Wisconsin Literacy is a nonprofit organization that supports 58 adult, family and workplace literacy programs statewide through program and resource development, information and referrals, training and advocacy.

Jeff Burkhart
tel: 608-244-3911
email: jeff[at symbol]