Scaffolding Strategies for Literacy Tutors Webinar

Last Friday, FLC hosted a webinar for literacy practitioners called Reading and Writing Tutor Strategies for ELLs with Jelitza Rivera, M. Ed. This presentation, tailored to literacy tutors rather than ESOL teachers who see their students on a more frequent basis, covered strategies and activities to use in tutoring sessions along with inexpensive educational apps for new session ideas or even for self-study.

Inexperienced and veteran tutors alike must find new ways to engage with their learners so that their meetings are productive and time-efficient, especially because tutors don’t have the luxury of having daily meetings or test assessments. The first step is to discover how a learner learns best and identifying his or her needs, and this is where Jetliza begins. This section covers how to establish measurable, attainable goals for each student whose progress can be monitored. Goals include short term, weekly goals and the long term goals such as earning a GED diploma. She also covers the importance of recognizing cultural differences and using culturally relevant materials.

After the short introduction, the bulk of the webinar is spent on 4 main issues: Vocabulary for ELLs, Helping students with Writing, Helping students with Grammar, and Helping students with Reading. The vocabulary section provides an overview of BISCS vs CALP language proficiencies and then some activities and apps dedicated to building vocabulary skills. The subsequent sections each provide scaffolding activities and apps to use in tutoring sessions.

It’s a lot of information shared at once, so for those of you who’d like to review the webinar you’ve already attended and for others who are now interested in viewing this presentation, FLC will make it available to view in about 2 weeks on our site. Be on the lookout on social media for when the webinar is released onto the FLC site!

Connect 2 Compete Provides Free and Low Cost Internet Access for Low Income Families

Although the digital divide is commonly referred to as the struggle between the younger, more tech-savvy generations and the older generations, perhaps those who struggle the most lack access to technology due to limited resources. Such is the case for many of those our community-based organizations serve.

The national nonprofit organization Connect 2 Compete has partnered with Cox, Bright House, Sprint, Comcast, numerous nonprofit organizations and government agencies, among others, to give every American a fighting chance so that they may receive high-speed low-cost internet and discounted computers. Nowadays, internet access has become synonymous with opportunity.

Connect 2 Compete has created the Everyone On Campaign to help reach its goal. Everyone On is a three-year, multi-lingual campaign used to raise awareness of the digital divide issue and help provide people with both online and in-person digital literacy training. However, Connect 2 Compete’s value really comes from its partnerships with community-based organizations which allow affiliated low-income individuals to buy discounted computers and low-cost broadband access for their homes.

Now FLC can work with community-based organizations in Florida to help qualify students to participate. Through this partnership, low-income individuals don’t need to prove they are eligible but instead can automatically sign up for free or low-cost internet access and discounted computers.

If your organization would like to provide your adult learners with these discounted services, please contact sanchezj@floridaliteracy.org to learn more information on how to access FLC’s specific URL code. This code grants your organization and adult learners instant access to signing up for all Connect 2 Compete has to offer.

Angel Rios “Beautiful”

This is an essay featured in the 2013 Florida Literacy Essay Book. This is also the essay being read in Ann Palmer’s photo from Adult Learner day. A limited number of books are available for a $5.00 donation. Please contact referral@floridaliteracy.org for more information.

Beautiful to me is a moment in time when a new life changes everything in your life and the way you see things. It started the day I met Amanda. When we met, she was in a bad relationship, and I was not in a good place in my life. I was selling drugs and dealing with the streets, but we became close friends. One day she called me pleading to come and pick her up because the man she was with hit her when she said she was pregnant. I got in my car and went to her house. As I approached her parking lot, I could see them arguing. Getting out of my car, I saw him hit her in the face. Back then I had no patience, especially for a man hitting a woman. I reacted by shoving him into his apartment. I pushed him against the wall at the same time telling Amanda to get her stuff and go to the car. Looking into this man’s eyes, I could see fear, sadness, and hate, and all I could feel was anger and sorry for him, and not the good kind of sorry. I told this man that if he ever laid a
finger on her again that I’d be serving time in prison for his demise. As time went by, Amanda and I became more than friends. I loved her and from my understanding, she felt the same. She motivated me to do well and be a better man. I’ve never been a dad or a husband, so this was my first experience dealing with a pregnant woman. I did everything
to make her comfortable from foot and back rubs, late night runs to the store, and trips the hospital for labor pains.

It was on July 25, 2009 at 12:59 A.M. when I cut the umbilical cord of De’Anthony Joel Nunez. He was born 7 lbs. 5 oz. and 19 inches. Whoever knew that someone this small would change my life forever? The life I lived, the things I did, the person I was, was no longer. When I looked at him there was this moment of clarity where there was no one in the room but him & me. Wen I counted his toes and called his name, he opened his eyes and looked up at me almost like he recognized my voice. At that moment I realized he depended on me, that his life was in my hands, so I promised him that I would do right, work harder to make the right decisions, and be a better man than his biological father. “Any man can be a dad but it takes a real man to be a father.” That was beautiful for me.

My name is Angel L. Rios. I am a GED student at Lindsey Hopkins and
Mr. Will inspired me to write and now it’s a passion

2013 Florida Literacy Conference Photo Contest Results

First off, thanks to everyone who submitted photos for our Conference photo contest. We got some great submissions to add to our collection of Conference photos. Although the contest has ended, we still encourage everyone to share their photos on social media, whether it be on Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr, and make sure to tag FLC!

As for the winners, you will be notified shortly and you’ll receive your prizes soon after. Below are the 5 winning photos. Once again thanks to all those that participated!

Best Adult Learner Day Photo: Ann Palmer
Best Opening Reception Photo: Amanda Terrell
Best Group Photo: Ethan Smith
Best Concurrent Session Photo: Camille Davidson
Best Captiva Island Photo: Scott Burris

Family literacy in the summertime

Summer reading loss is a real thing for many Florida students. If students do not read during the summer, they can lose the literacy skills developed over the previous school year. Even though family literacy classes might be done, take this opportunity to go to a state park with your family or set aside a D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) time every day to maintain consistency.

Here is a summer reading list developed by Just Read! Florida based on grade level.

Sign the Summer Literacy Adventure pledge!