Teaching English Through Spanish Literacy

Do you have Spanish speakers who:

1. want and need to learn English?

2. Have difficulty reading and writing in Spanish?

This often difficult to serve population wants and needs to learn English, but research and experience suggests that these skills can often be more readily acquired if learners have basic literacy skills in their native language.

Spanish Basic Literacy/ESOL Curriculum – “Lectura y Escritura en Español”

In response to a growing need in the field for a combined approach to teaching ESOL and Spanish literacy, Ruth Colvin, noted author and founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, has worked with an educational researcher to develop a curriculum serving the needs of Spanish-speaking students with minimal native language reading and writing skills. She will be facilitating a session on May 6th-7th at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary.

We invite you to join Ruth in field testing this exciting curriculum.

To register, go to www.floridaliteracy.org and select Teaching English through Spanish Literacy under Literacy News or click here.

Health Literacy Training Available in South Florida on April 8

Do you teach ESOL? Interested in integrating new topics to your students? Then health literacy may be a good fit your program!

The Florida Literacy Coalition will be hosting “Staying Healthy: Integrating Health Education into Your ESOL Instruction” on April 8 in Miami. This FREE workshop will emphasize and healthcare professionals. This three hour session includes an overview of the freely available Staying Healthycurriculum and its additions Women’s Health and Coping with Stress. The workshop also highlights hands-on activities and includes a time for discussion and idea sharing. All participants will receive a free copy of the Staying Healthy curriculum.  To view the flyer, click here

This workshop will be facilitated by Claire Valier. Claire is the Adult ESOL Coordinator with the School District of Palm Beach County, which has 25,000 ESOL students and 250 instructors. She has over 27 years of working with ESOL programs.

To register for the training, please click here.

For more information, please contact Naomi Soto, Health Literacy Coordinator at (407) 246-7110 ext 209 or soton@floridaliteracy.org.

Pat Williams of the Orlando Magic to speak at the Florida Literacy Conference

The Florida Literacy Coalition is excited to announce that Pat Williams, Senior Vice President and co-founder of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, will be a keynote speaker at the 2011 Florida Literacy Conference. Pat is one of America’s top motivational, inspirational, and humorous speakers. In addition to leading the Orlando Magic, Pat is also the author of 60 books, his most recent one title being Extreme Focus: Harnessing the Life-Changing Power to Achieve Your Dreams.

Since 1968, Pat has been the general manager with teams in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Orlando. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history.

Pat and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations. Pat and his family have been featured in Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle and The Wall Street Journal.


 

We are so excited to have Pat Williams speak at the conference. Make sure that you are registered for the conference so that you do not miss the opportunity to hear Pat’s inspirational message.

The Economic Benefits from Halving the Dropout Rate

A 2010 report, The Economic Benefits from Halving the Dropout Rate: A Boom to Businesses in the Nation’s Largest Metropolitan Areas, from the Alliance for Excellent Education covered the economic benefits of increasing the number of people with high school diplomas. Two Florida cities were highlighted: Jacksonville and Miami.

In Jacksonville, an estimated 7,700 students dropped out from the Class of 2008. If 3,900 of these students were to go on and achieve a high school diploma, it is estimated that they can earn an extra $48 million more in an average year. That extra income would provide an additional $36 million to the local economy and these 3,900 people would have an additional $13 million in savings and investments. As a result of higher wages and spending, the local community would see an additional $3 million in tax revenues. The additional spending would have also resulted in the creation of an additional 400 jobs by the time they reached the midpoint of their careers.

In Miami, an estimated 33,600 students dropped out from the Class of 2008. If 16,800 of these students were to go on and achieve a high school diploma, it is estimated that they can earn an extra $212 million more in an average year. That extra income would provide an additional $157 million to the local economy and these 3,900 people would have an additional $55 million in savings and investments. As a result of higher wages and spending, the local community would see an additional $16 million in tax revenues. The additional spending would have also resulted in the creation of an additional 1,950 jobs by the time they reached the midpoint of their careers.

When adult learners succeed, we all succeed. Thank you again to our volunteers and learners who are working so hard!

Alan Darcy to Perform at the Florida Literacy Coaltion

Alan Darcy, saxophonist and vocalist extraordinaire, will be performing at the 2011 Florida Literacy Conference. Alan’s jazz/pop style has earned him rave reviews. Alan has also performed in hundreds of venues including the Historic Tampa Theater and New York’s Birdland. Alan has released three CDs. His 2003 CD, Fearless, includes his orignal music that was featured in the independent film, Runs in the Family.

We hope to see you all at the Conference, listening to the smooth stylings of Alan Darcy.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Tomorrow, March 2, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday! The National Education Association promotes Dr. Seuss’s birthday as Read Across America day. Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is widely recognized as a breakthrough in the fight against illiteracy. Dr. Suess was challenged to write a book using only words from a list of 343 words and to keep the book under 225 new words. He wrote The Cat in the Hat using only 223 words that young children should know, and the rest is history!

Pick up a book and enjoy the day! Thank you to all of the literacy volunteers, tutors, teachers and organizations across Florida that work so hard to spread the joy of reading.