2013 Adult Learner Day

The Florida Literacy Coalition is pleased to invite adult education students in Florida to participate in this year’s Adult Learner Day on May 8, 2013 from 8:30- 5:00 pm.

Adult Learner Day is a unique initiative brings together approximately 70-90 adult learners from adult literacy programs throughout Florida. Students are invited to attend 5-6 special Adult Learner Day workshops providing information about a variety of life skill oriented topics. Adult learners are involved in planning and coordinating this event. The day always includes presentations by adult learners for their fellow students and adult educators.

This event is free for students and promises to include a few surprises along the way.

Here is a tentative schedule for workshops-

Adult Learner Experience: Why we stayed and what you can do with your students
Join members from the Adult Learner Committee in this interactive workshop as they discuss why they stayed with their literacy programs. This workshop will provide insight on how practitioners can increase student retention and recruitment. Be prepared to participate in this informative conversation!

Managing your money and planning for the future
Does the term finance scare you? Jaclyn Boland and FLC AmeriCorps* VISTA’s will help you get a better understanding of managing your money and creating a budget. After participating in this workshop, you will walk away with tools that will help you plan for your future.

Basic computer skills and the new GED Test
From the basics to the necessities, learn how to use a computer in ways that will help you succeed. This workshop will start with how to turn on a computer and end with copy and paste, and keyboarding.

Libraries open the door to learning
Learn how you can use the library and find information that will help you in your learning process. You will learn how to find information on things like citizenship and health literacy. All learners are welcome to this presentation.

Reading Strategies and Family Literacy
Reading to your child is a remarkable moment. This workshop will teach you reading strategies that will help you read a book to your child. Leave this workshop with a book to take home and practice tonight!

Adult Learner Essays Wanted!

The Florida Literacy Coalition is proud to announce the launch of the 8th Annual Adult Learner Writing Campaign.  Students from throughout Florida are invited to submit original short stories, poems, or autobiographical narratives to be included in a published book that will debut at the 2012 Florida Literacy Conference.

The goal of this book is to allow adult learners the opportunity to build confidence while also improving their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.  Organizational representatives can use this book as a way to promote how their programs are having a positive influence within their communities.

Adult learners and their tutors/teachers are encouraged to work together in writing, typing, editing, and submitting a written piece. We ask that completed essays be submitted along with the completed online form.

Submissions should be no longer than 475 words. Space in the book is limited and entries will be edited for readability. Authors can choose to remain anonymous or have a short biographical paragraph included with their submission.  Only one submission per adult learner is allowed. Each author who is included will be invited to the Florida Literacy Conference and will also receive a free copy of the book.

FLC welcomes essays from current or recent students enrolled in adult basic education, GED, adult literacy or family literacy programs located in Florida.  Please limit to one submission per adult learner.

Deadline for Submissions: March 5, 2012

Click here to see past books and websites for help. If you have any questions please contact Jonathan Cajigas at cajigasj@floridaliteracy.org or (407) 246-7110 x 201.

Meet the 2011 Florida Literacy Conference Planning Committee

The 27th Annual Florida Literacy Conference: Open Books Open Minds will be held at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, May 4-6, 2011.

Last week, the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) met at the hotel to get conference planning underway.  Topics of discussion included keynote speakers and Adult Learner Day plans, among others.  Subcommittees were also formed to help with special components of the conference including the annual Florida Literacy Awards and entertainment.

The 2011 Florida Literacy Conference Planning Committee. From L-R: Rosemary Blake, Karen Hill, Brent Stubbs, Amanda Gonzalez, Jonel Persinger, Melissa Padgett, Erika Greene, Brad Bell. Sitting: Greg Smith, Cindy Godby, Sarah Guetschow and Debra Hargrove

Committee members not pictured above include: Kara Sammons, Margaret Anne Wheeler, Linda Palmer, Joyce Whidden, Margie Kinslow, Mike Painter, Marilina Viera and Kay Semion.  FLC thanks all of the committee members for their time and dedication to making this another successful Conference.

The Florida Literacy Conference is one of the state’s premier events for professional development and networking for adult education and literacy practitioners, teachers, tutors and adult learners.

Stay tuned to this blog for more conference updates and updates from the CPC.  And feel free to ask any questions you have about the 2011 conference in the space below!

Another Great Florida Literacy Conference

Now that the Florida Literacy Conference has ended, I can reflect upon some of the activities I was fortunate enough to attend.  First, I participated in one of the pre-conference workshops:  Train the Trainer Course.  At this first session of the course, we participated in many activities to help us focus on competencies we need to be good tutor trainers.

After the opening ceremonies on Wednesday, I attended my carefully chosen workshops of the conference.  Since it was Adult Learner Day, I wanted to participate in a session with learners.   The workshop by VALUE did not disappoint.  I found the learners’ points of view to be very helpful and inspiring in this interactive workshop.

That afternoon I attended a very thought-provoking session presented by Hillary Smith.  She had polled learners and teachers about when, how often, and tactics to correct ESL learners when they make errors in English.   Her findings were enlightening.

Finally, during the informative FLC Annual Meeting, several learners read their emotional essays. Their personal stories brought faces to those needing literacy, just like the ESOL performers did in our closing session and luncheon;  a standing ovation to all!

Which workshop(s) did you find most helpful?  Share it in the comment section below.