Top Stories in Literacy : May 21

Top Stories in LiteracyEmployment Prospects Dim for Young Adults with Autism
Young adults with an autism spectrum disorder are less likely to continue their education or get a job after high school when compared to young adults with other disabilities, new research indicates.

Community Effort: Initiative to Boost Early Literacy Launched
Organizers in Lakeland launched a new effort last Tuesday to train volunteers and match them with children in an effort to improve early literacy. The program will start with six schools in Polk County and two in Highlands County.

First Lady Ann Scott Reveals Live. Read. Learn!
The First Lady, in partnership with the nonprofit Volunteer USA Foundation – with funding from Dollar General Foundation and Scholastic FACE (Family and Community Engagement) – unveiled the Love.Read.Learn!™ scrapbook style journal. The journals are designed to be one of the first gifts a child receives, reinforcing the state’s commitment to literacy and health.

$1 Million gift funds learning institute for adults at Penn State
More than 73 percent of working adults age 17 + have participated in informal learning programs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. A second $1 million gift from Bernard Osher Foundation will enable  the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State to expand informal learning opportunities for adults age 50 and older.

Top Literacy Stories : January 30

Adult literacy can be shortest path to an educated society
Family literacy is one of the most important things for an educated society. Children learn from their parents’ actions. Educating adults means educating families.

Most Florida jobs don’t require a bachelor’s degree
When it comes to Florida’s jobs, more than 85 percent do not require a four-year degree, according to data from the state’s “Workforce Estimating” conference earlier this month.

Internet promotes literacy, study says
The internet allows for critical engagement between printed text and readers. Enthusiasts of particular series are able to learn more and talk to other fans about their ideas in the stories while building digital literacy.

Statewide literacy tour kicks off in Sarasota
Ann Scott kicked off the 2012 statewide Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! on Monday at Sarasota Middle School. The goal for this year is to have students read 20 million minutes.