That’s just one of the take-aways from ProLiteracy’s Annual Statistical Report for 2014-2015. Don’t let the word “statistical” in that title scare you away. View the summary here in a breezy, concise infographic format.
We’re especially proud of the positive outcomes reported for all literacy organizations, including ours. While most of our clients arrive with less than a high school education, they can and do make progress.
Craven Literacy tutoring lets our adult learners build the skills they need in their lives. Our students show learning gains, improved job-related skills, and increased involvement in children’s educational activities.
Why Have a Tutor?
I have an English tutor because it has a lot of benefits. The program is free. Other English programs are very expensive but this program is very good and free. My tutor helps me to read, write, talk and understand the English language. I love having a tutor because it is private instruction or small group. For this reason I feel free to express my thoughts.
One of the benefits I like is the flexibility. It is hard to study when you have kids. For this reason our meetings are when my children are at school.
In conclusion a tutor is a new friend who helps you when you need it. Thank you to my tutor for your patience. Without you everything I achieved would not be possible.
And a note from our tutor:
She was my English student for approximately 1 1/2 years. She is married to a U.S. Marine stationed at Cherry Point. They have two young children. This was her first time living in the United States. Her native country is Puerto Rico. She made great progress learning English.
It is very rewarding to develop a tutor/student relationship and I highly encourage others to reach out and teach!
Here at Craven Literacy we live our tag line “Learning for Life”. Not only do we require 15 hours of training for new tutors, we offer several workshops throughout the year for current tutors. These sessions present new ideas about tutoring techniques and offer a chance for interaction among tutors. Sharing the same goals with others who may face the same challenges helps tutors to stay positive and motivated, and committed tutors make for learning success for our adult learners.
Our latest workshop about test taking strategies was so well-attended that we had to offer 3 sessions. In each session our trainers demonstrated practice lesson activities and provided review study guides for student use. Review is important even to students who may not be taking tests, so these strategies can help any student achieve his or her goals.
Registration is now open for Craven Literacy’s new tutor training workshop beginning April 12. We have a steady stream of adults coming to our office for help with their literacy skills. Literacy, of course, starts with reading. But today it is so much more.
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 defines literacy as “an individual’s ability to read, write, speak in English, compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual and in society.”
This broader view of literacy reflects the realities of education and work in the 21st century. As information and technology have increasingly shaped our society, the skills we need to function successfully have gone beyond reading.
The tutoring opportunities are many and varied. Please consider attending the first session of the workshop for an orientation to the clients we serve and the services they need.
The 5th Annual Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Ball Fundraiser that was held on Friday, February 5, 2016, earned over $9,000 with an attendance of 65 dads and 79 daughters. What a wonderful memory making night for the excited girls and their handsome escorts!
Craven Literacy Council would like to thank all those who attended and our fantastic sponsors: Gold Sponsor – Coastal Children’s Clinic; Silver Sponsors – Ed Blunt, Jerry and Jettie Pelletier, Janet and Kip Peregoy, Bill and Susan Rivenbark, Stubbs Perdue P.A., Alice and Reed Underhill; Bronze Sponsors – Mike and Sandy Epperson, GreeneWilson, Attorneys at Law, Law Offices of Oliver & Cheek, and SpecialEyes Pediatric Vision Clinic.
Craven Literacy Council announces that 13 new tutors participated in the new tutor workshop ending on January 28, 2016. These individuals are currently being paired with a student. The next workshop begins April 12. When you see a new face in the hallway, please give them a warm welcome!
Pictured L-R, 1st Row: Lynda Ahmed, Maggie Nicholson, Pamela Collier, Barbara Haan, Augusta Jackson, Kathy Carter, John Sickles 2nd Row: Patrick Feury, Bernie Frank, John Shipherd, Jan Ecklund, Tim Fisher, Sammie Caswell
Literacy for adults is about much more than learning to read. Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. highlighted just how important functional literacy is in assuring that adults can move forward in their lives, whether in post-secondary education, job training or better employment opportunities.
Federal funding for adult education, which includes literacy programs like those we here at Craven Literacy offer, is governed by WIOA (say wee-oh-wuh) which stands for Workplace Investment and Opportunity Act. The latest iteration of this act emphasizes transitions to employment or post-secondary education. Further, it directs all those institutions involved in adult education — community colleges, job centers, literacy nonprofits — to integrate their services. All of us should be working toward those same goals.
As the world continues its march toward all things digital, take a moment to reflect on what we might be losing. Without the newspaper rustling as it’s refolded at the breakfast table, kids can just focus on their devices. Without shelves of books in a house, kids don’t have the chance to browse and pick a book at random. Without a dog-eared paperback, what will transport us back to that summer beach read?
Does any of this really matter? The loss of print books and periodicals can have significant repercussions on children’s intellectual development. According to the New York Times:
In a 2014 study published in the sociology journal Social Forces researchers measured the impact of the size of home libraries on the reading level of 15-year-old students across 42 nations, controlling for wealth, parents’ education and occupations, gender and the country’s gross national product. After G.N.P., the quantity of books in one’s home was the most important predictor of reading performance. Owning books in the home is one of the best things you can do for your children academically.
Sure, some families can replace paper literature — news, books, magazines — with digital media. But what of those who can’t afford electronic readers? So many factors influence child development. Maybe dusty bookshelves are a good thing after all.
In his final State of the Union address, President Obama said, “Real opportunity requires every American to get the education and training they need to land a good-paying job.” Read more here.
Unfortunately for many of the adults who come to Craven Literacy, community college is beyond their reach even when cost is not an obstacle. Our adult learners struggle with basic literacy skills. Many of them have limited ability to use a computer and the internet. At this low level of literacy everyone’s difficulties and needs are unique. Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with our clients to create and follow an individualized learning plan that specifically addresses that adult’s literacy gaps.
Free community college is only part of the solution. We here at Craven Literacy and other organizations like us around the country are also part of the solution.