Bob Burger - Chair Sara King Cole - Library/Bookstore Ellie Scholz - Secretary Fram Nichols - Placement Lois Nobles - Records Liz Koester - RCC/CASAS Coordinator Rose Cossairt - Bookkeeper
Welcome New Tutors
Four new tutors were trained on April 8. We want to welcome Jack Smith, Nina Rohrs, Mary Hinson and Celina Prutch.
Student, Tutor, Story Corp
Working together with the support of the Literacy Council has opened up new vistas in the lives of both my adult student and me. Rick Schroeder and I have studied together over the past two years to improve Rick's reading abilities using the workbook materials provided to us by the Literacy Council. The learning materials have proven to be well thought out and a good match for our needs. Rick and I meet twice a week in a study room at the new Medford Public Library, which is a welcoming and comfortable environment for our bi-weekly lessons.
Last December, as we met at the entrance to the library, we couldn't help but notice the silver Airstream trailer parked in the city parking lot across the street from the library with the white and red sign "Story Corp" displayed above a table in front of the trailer. Rick and I asked some questions and found out that the trailer was a professional recording studio, sponsored by National Public Radio. This was one of two trailers touring the whole country collecting stories from citizens about their lives. The audio recordings will document the people and events of our time and will be stored in the US Library of Congress. We were invited to participate and as a result, I interviewed Rick for the project. Our interview was aired on Jefferson Public Radio later that month. We invite you to hear that interview by clicking this web address: http://www3.jeffnet.org/News.asp?NewsID=1034
Both Rick and I want to thank the Literacy Council for the support they have given us and we recommend that other like-minded teachers and students use the resources of the Literacy Council's valuable programs.
Submitted by Joe Suste, tutor
My Painful Secret -
This is the story of Jacques Demers, a French Canadian. He couldn't read or write and he was scared to death that someone would find out. It all began in his childhood. He had an abusive father who terrorized his mother and him. This left Jacques unable to sleep at night and too anxious to learn in grade school. He did learn to play hockey and he became a hockey coach. He was so good that he coached five NHL teams over the course of 14 seasons. He was twice named "Coach of the Year." In 1993 he coached the Montreal Canadiens and they won the Stanley Cup. Demers couldn't read the inscriptions on the trophy. He lived in fear of being discovered. Only his wife knew his secret. He felt ashamed. When asked to read something he would say, "Oh, I forgot my glasses." He learned to scribble "Best Wishes" and "Practice at 10:00 a.m.”
With the help of a psychiatrist he began to believe that he was not "dumb". He came forward with his story and it has been put into a book. There are 26 chapters, one for every letter of the alphabet. The book is in French but will soon be out in English.
This story was in the Feb. 12, 2006 Parade magazine.
Do you know an adult who can't read? Think of how painful it is not to be able to read street signs or to be able to read to your children. You are unable to fill out an application for work. We at the Jackson County Literacy Council are here to help. We need to locate people who need help and we need tutors. See our website www.oregonliteracy.org/litjack for more information.
Story summary submitted by Ellie Scholz, council secretary
New Resources From LitBits
A publication of Oregon Literacy, Inc.
Workforce Education LAB
This resource is designed to help tutors teach work-related basic skills. It includes lesson plans and learning activities for adult learners.
The 24 Languages Project
This website will help you find health information in many languages. It was designed to provide access to important health information in many languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Somali, Vietnamese and Laotian. There are both written brochures and audio files.
This alphabetized listing of illnesses, symptoms and treatments is in both easy-to-read English and Spanish, making on-line research understandable.
The following is a list of student needs
1 GED student
2 ABE students (both learning disabled)
2 GED students
2 ABE (1 learning disabled)
Please call the office if you heve time for one or more of these students.
We've had some requests recently for materials to help students prepare for citizenship tests. There are a few different citizenship study books in the library, which cover topics including on overview of U.S. history, the U.S. Constitution, the branches of our government, and vocabulary lists. Most of the resources are complete with sample tests and also offer sample sentences for writing practice. In short, they include everything you need to help your student learn the material for citizenship tests. Stop by the literacy council office soon to check out these materials, as they are in demand!
Thanks, Sara King Cole, Librarian
Reasons English Is Hard To Learn
Clever quotes from the site of AVKO Dyslexia Research Foundation
The State of Literacy - 1992 - 2003
The percentage of adults (people age 16 and older living in households or prisons) with Below Basic document literacy decreased 2 percentage points between 1992 and 2003 and the percentage of adults with Below Basic quantitative literacy decreased by 4 percentage points. The percentage of adults with Basic literacy did not change significantly between 1992 and 2003. The percentage of adults with Intermediate document literacy increased by 4 percentage points and the percentage of adults with Intermediate quantitative literacy increased by 3 percentage points. The percentage of adults with Proficient prose and document literacy decreased 2 percentage points between 1992 and 2003.
Taken from A First Look at the Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century a publication from NCES - National Center for Education Statistics - http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid-2006470
Assessments are Required
CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System)
RCC requests that all students be tested twice a year. Tutors should make the arrangements with Bob Burger at the office. He is available each Friday from 11am to 1 pm but other arrangements can be made with Bob and with Fram Nichols, who also administers the tests. This should not be something intimidating for your students, please let them know that it is only to see what progress they have made, and what lessons you may need to focus on.
If you feel that your student is not ready to be tested, please call the office (245-8699) to let me know this. Thank you all for your cooperation!
Liz Koester, CASAS Coordinator