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JULY 2007
A Publication of the Literacy Council of Jackson County
PO Box 615, Medford, OR 97501

Board Members:

              Bob Burger      - Chair
              Sara King Cole  - Library/Bookstore
              Ellie Scholz    - Secretary
              Fram Nichols    - Placement
              Robbin Henson   - Records
              Liz Koester     - RCC/CASAS Coordinator
              Bob Burger      - Acting Treasurer

TOPICS IN THIS ISSUE
Notes from the Chair
Editor's Message
Calendar
Placement Report
Ideas From Tutors
Library Notes
More on CASAS
Records Report
Tutor Survey
Helpful Websites
Abbreviations Dictionary



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Notes From The Chair

Dear Volunteers and Friends,

   It's so hot that the firemen are spraying each other.  That said, welcome to another summer.

   Special thanks to RCC's Peggy Guthmiller, who attended our June Pizza Board meeting and was our guest speaker.  Peggy explained our students who have a valid RCC ID number (issued when the tutor files the purple enrollment form) may have access to limited portions of the Medford library for study and tutoring space.  It's something to consider if you are otherwise tutoring in a hot house or apartment.

   We are working on a new plan for assessing our students.  It is essential that we demonstrate the progress of our students and the wonderful efforts given by our tutors.

   Every May and November we will be scheduling students to take a short test; either at the RCC "G" building in downtown Medford, the Literacy Council office, or where it is convenient for the tutor and student.  Tutoring will have to be suspended for those students who are not assessed in those months.

   Meanwhile, our office is in need of volunteers.  We need a librarian and a Treasurer. Both are simple tasks, if managed regularly, but right now, our library books are piling up.  If you would like to help out, please call 245-8699 or send an e-mail to litjack@medford.net.  I'd love to hear from you.

Bob Burger, Chair

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LITERARY LITERACY

Through literacy, you can
begin to see the universe,

Through music, you can
reach anybody,

Between the two,

There is YOU,

Unstoppable!

Miss Grace Slick


Greetings From The Editor

   Hey, here it is August already!  My apologies for the lateness of this summer newsletter.  People are traveling, vacationing, recuperating from surgery, or taking care of family and financial obligations.  Writing an article is the last thing on the list of fun things to do.

   Thanks to Bob for his Notes from the Chair and Fram for her insights concerning the Student Placement Report.  John Patton has a few words about what he is doing in the literacy world.

   You'll be interested in what he created for himself and his fellow tutors.

   My record reports are also included, covering May/June/July tutor and student hours plus the report made to the RCC office citing our statistics for the last fiscal year.  Although, we aren't doing as well as when we first started, our focus and our energies are still the same; to help people become more literate, raise their self-esteem and the ability to get a better life.

   I hope you enjoy this issue as much as I enjoyed the research and putting it together.

Robbin Henson, Editor

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CALENDAR

Board Meetings
AUGUST 20, 2007
SEPTEMBER 17, 2007
OCTOBER 22, 2007


All meetings - 1 PM to 3 PM
Literacy Council office:
1175 Royal Ave, Suite B, Medford
Phone: 245-8699

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Fram's Placement Report

   Just a short update to keep you informed concerning placement activities at the Literacy Council.

   On June 16, 2007, the Council offered another training session taught by our excellent team of trainers, Darlene Arkens and Chloe Wood.  It was a small training session, but our two newest tutors are energized and ready to get started.

   Helen Nicholl has been in the Rogue Valley for a year and lives at the Manor.  She moved from California and says she loves the Valley.  Helen studied for two years at Stanford University before marrying a young medical student who went on to join the Navy and served in World War II.  Right after the war, her husband was assigned to Japan where they lived for several years.  Other places of residences were New York, Beverly Hills and Escondido, California.  Helen loves to travel and is planning a trip to Iceland and to the Black Sea in the fall.  She has volunteered all her life and is excited to be able to teach someone to read.

   Lynn Towns, on the other hand, comes to us with a lifetime of experience in Elementary education in California.  Lynn and her husband live in the Applegate where they enjoy the rural lifestyle, their animals and gardening.  Lynn too, has been an active volunteer with experience in the SMART reader program, Habitat for Humanity, and the Britt Festival.

   We welcome our new tutors and applaud their energy and enthusiasm.  If you have any friends or family who would be interested in tutoring, please refer them to us.

   We need more volunteers and we will be working on offering more frequent training schedules, hopefully every quarter.  And when you see them, say a big "thank you" to Darlene and Chloe for being so willing in helping us this way.

   Two new tutoring opportunities have opened up in the past few months.  If your ESL student or know of a Hispanic person interested in learning computer basics please contact our talented computer guru, Bob Burger.  He hangs out at the Literacy Office on Fridays between 11 and 1.  He is now tutoring two new classes in Computer Basics at the Literacy Office every Monday thru Thursday 7-8 pm and another session from 8-9pm complete with a Spanish interpreter.  (How good does that get?!)

   The Medford Head Start in collaboration with the RCC Migrant Outreach is sponsoring an adult literacy program called LISTO.  Since the classes they offer have students at varying levels of proficiency, they are seeking additional tutors for individual help.  This involves one-on-one and small group tutoring to provide reinforcement and practice on the skills being taught.  All assessments and materials provided.  The classes are held at Howard Elementary School in N. Medford.  Their summer schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 5:30-8pm.  The fall schedule resumes in September: Monday-Thursday, 5:30-8pm.

   ALERT!  More students are applying all the time.  The newest is a mature woman who signed up for ESL and possible tutoring for seeking citizenship.

Until next time,

Fram Nichols, placement coordinator

Call Fram (857-2824) or the Literacy Office (245-8699) for further details.

(Eds. note: Helen has resigned as a tutor but is considering an office position in the fall.  She will be a welcome addition to the Council.)

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"LITERACY IS NOT A LUXURY - IT IS
A RIGHT AND A RESPONSIBILITY.
IF OUR WORLD IS TO MEET THE
CHALLENGES OF THE 21st CENTURY,
WE MUST HARNESS THE ENERGY
AND CREATIVITY OF ALL OUR
CITIZENS.

President Clinton, International Literacy Day
September 8, 1995


Ideas From Tutors

"What are you doing in the Literacy World?"

JOHN PATTON WRITES:
   "What I am doing in the literacy world is trying to meet the needs of my one student.  He studied English at LaSalle University in Mexico City, and has worked in our area for several years as an industrial engineer.  He does not fit into any particular ESL course of study that I have been able to identify.

   Complicating the search for teaching materials is the fact that I am a retired electronics engineer, not an English teacher.  I have spent considerable time searching the Internet for useful sites.  To organize my findings and to simplify locating sites later when I needed them, I have constructed a Web site: Web Links for Learning English.

   From the view of a professional curriculum, the site is neither complete nor well-organized.  It is simply what I have uncovered that may be useful for my student; because he is computer literate, it has proved to be a helpful resource for him."

Best Wishes, John

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LIBRARY NOTES

   Sara King-Cole has been keeping in touch with Bob and Robbin via email.  Liz was lucky enough to be in the office when Sara came by with little Violet Grace.  Reports the family is healthy and happy.  But for Sara, there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day since she is working, taking care of her family and trying to schedule tutoring with her two students who are also trying to juggle the same.

   Sara turned in her resignation but will stay until someone else can take over her position.  Like Bob said earlier, once the catch-up work is done, it requires maybe an hour or two a week.

   Robbin has been helping Bob with the shelving of the books.  It turned out to be a good idea when she found books she can spotlight in a book review column.

   Any librarian wannabes out there?  Here's your chance to fulfill your dreams and work for a good cause as well.  Please contact Bob at the Literacy Council office.

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ATTENTION ALL TUTORS

CASAS TESTING (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System)

   The state of Oregon requires RCC and all their "umbrella" programs (which includes ours) to test ALL students twice a year.  Our board, after conferring with RCC, has chosen the months of May and November for the tests.  Students will be given a test as soon as they enroll in the program, and then worked into the test rotation.

   The funding from RCC is the basis of our program.  These tests are a progress report to see where the students are in terms of learning; where tutors need to focus to get the most out of their tutoring sessions, and it gives the state something concrete to look at so they know where their money is going.

   Tutors need to call and make arrangements for testing.  Liz Koester is the CASAS administrator.  She will be available on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30.  Bob, our test proctor will be in the office on Fridays from 11-1 to schedule testing appointments.  Other times, please leave a clear message on the answering machine.  Phone number is 541-245-8699

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Keeping the Record Straight

TUTOR HOURS:
April 2007
Tutor Hours - 59.9
Prep Hours - 25
Travel Hours - 17

May 2007
Tutor Hours - 104.5
Prep Hours - 55.5
Travel Hours - 22.5

June 2007
Tutor Hours - 91
Prep Hours - 47.5
Travel Hours - 16
STUDENT HOURS
April - 59.9 hours
May - 104.5 hours
June - 112 hours

ADMINISTRATION HOURS
April - 52 hours
May - 45 hours
June - 62 hours


2006-2007 YEAR END REPORT

ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS RETAINED FROM PREVIOUS YEAR: 9 volunteers

NUMBER OF NEW VOLUNTEERS TELT TRAINED: 6 volunteers

NUMBER OF ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS AS OF JUNE 15th 2006: 18 volunteers

NUMBER OF TOTAL TUTOR HOURS:
623.50 tutor hours

NUMBER OF PREP HOURS TOTAL:
191 prep hours

TUTOR TRAVEL TIME:
297 travel hours

AVERAGE NUMBER OF HOURS PER WEEK A STUDENT IS TUTORED:
1-2 hours a week

NUMBER OF HOURS VOLUNTEERS DO OTHER THINGS (IE: BOARD MEMBERS)
550 hours

TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED THIS YEAR: 34 students

TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENT HOURS: 754.35 hours

INDIVIDUAL HOURS FOR THE YEAR:
Walda Reeder - 148
Chloe Wood - 123
Pam Robinson - 123
Darlene Arkens - 80.5
John Patton - 36
Hester Kobayashi - 30.5
Ellie Scholz - 18
John Scholz - 17
Liz Koester - 16
Sonya Dunham - 16
Mort Smith - 15
Sara King-Cole - 12
Jack Smith - 10
Joe Suste - 6
Bob Burger - 4.5
Celina Prutch - 1.5

REMINDER!!!!
PLEASE TURN IN YOUR PURPLE SHEETS FOR THE 2007-2008 TUTORING YEAR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THANKS!!!
  Robbin

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Tutor Survey

"Where is the best place you found for you and your student to study?"  Please send your answers with your monthly hours and I will publish them in the winter issue.

Liz Koester: My former student and I used to meet at the Red Lion Coffee shop after my student got off work.  I tried to meet in their homes, but the distractions were too great.  Now with my current student, Imelda, we meet at the picnic tables at Oak Grove School, which is convenient for the summer months.

RCC LIBRARY HOURS:
Monday . . . . . 8-5
Tuesday . . . . . 8-7
Wednesday . . .8-5
Thursday . . . . .8-5
Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday closed

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Helpful Websites

www.literacyvolunteer.com
Tips for teaching word families, steps in language experience stories, find quizzes

www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/Links/
LessonLinks.html

You can print out these exercises or student can do them on line

eslus.com/eslcenter.htm
Variety of activities for the more advanced student

www.tv411.org
If you have internet access at your tutoring site this is a great address for more advanced student activities

literacyvolunteer.homestead.com
Help with developing writing skills

iteslj.org/Lessons/
Variety of activities: grammar, conversation topics, cultural awareness, games, etc.

darkwing.uoregon.edu/~leslieob/
pizzaz.html

Pizzaz: Creative writing lessons

www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/
Self Study Quizzes

www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/cw/
Crossword Puzzles

iteslj.org/questions/
Conversation Questions for the ESL Classroom

darkwing.uoregon.edu/~leslieob/
themes.html

Opportunities in ESL: Creative writing/ discussion topics

webnz.com/checkers/free2.html
Free Services for Students

www.conversa1.com/
eslcurriculumbeginninglevel.htm

ESL Curriculum, Beginning Level

www3.kumc.edu/diversity/
Diversity Calendar: Holidays around the world

NEW ADDITIONS
www.writefix.com

www.englishclub.com
www.Learningexpresslibrary.com
www.50states.com
www.ESLmonkeys.com
www.reading.org
www.sitesforteachers.com

Contact us if any of these succeeded for you!

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Abbreviations Dictionary

ABE Adult Basic Education: teaching basic kindergarten to 8th grade skills such as reading, writing and math to native speakers of English.

ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder

CASAS Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System: A battery of tests that we use for tracking student progress.

ESL English as a Second Language: teaching basic kindergarten to 8th grade skills such as listening, speaking, reading, writing and math to non-native speakers of English.

GED General Education Development test: test which gives students a diploma equivalent to a high school diploma.

LCJC: Literacy Council of Jackson County

LD: Learning Disabled

RCC: Rogue Community College

TELT Training Effective Literacy Tutors: The training program for new volunteers.

TOPS Tracking of Programs and Students: form used to collect student demographics and test results reported to RCC.

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