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L I T E R AC Y T H RO U G H C O L L A B O R AT I O N                                                    Spring 2010

LCSW members receive statewide awards                                                          

Wisconsin Literacy presented its 8th Annual Celebration of Literacy Luncheon on Tuesday,
April 27, at the Monona Terrace in Madison. First Lady Jessica Doyle presented awards                 Our Mission
to several LCSW members.
                                                                                                      To promote adult
Literacy Advocate of the Year: Peg Palmer, executive director of Milwaukee Achiever                   and family literacy
Literacy Services. Palmer has expanded offerings at both centers to include ELL and                   in Southeastern
citizenship instruction, and GED instruction in Spanish. She has established partnerships             Wisconsin.
with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, MATC, Wisconsin Community Ser-
vices and MAXIMUS, all to serve additional learners. Under Palmer’s leadership, in
2009, Milwaukee Achiever became the first organization in Milwaukee to receive Pro-
Literacy accreditation. Since Palmer joined Milwaukee Achiever in 2001, the numbers of
learners the organization serves annually has tripled to approximately 1,800. Milwau-
kee Achiever also received honorable mention for Outstanding Achievement in
Health Literacy for its Bilingual Medical Interpreter Training Program.

First Lady Jessica Doyle Award for Family Literacy: International Learning Center, a
program of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee. The Early Childhood and Home Visi-
tation Program educates refugee families from Southeast Asia and Africa. Children who
participate develop the literacy, social and cognitive skills to be successful in school and
meet the Milwaukee Public Schools kindergarten learning targets. Through parenting
education, parents acquire skills that strengthen the family unit and affirm parents as
their child’s first teacher and lifelong partners in education. Congratulations to instructors    Jessica Doyle, Phan Sanford,
Bao Her, Phan Sanford and all the staff and volunteers at ILC.                                    Bao Her, and Anna Bierer

Courage Award for Achievement in a Correctional Setting: Tremaine Brown of the
Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility (RYOCF). In eighth grade, Brown
started hanging around with the wrong crowd and his grades took a downward turn. By
age eighteen, he dropped out of high school and soon became a father. He was in the
wrong place at the wrong time and ended up at RYOCF. He decided he never wanted
to go back there, so within four months he earned his HSED. He took tutor training and           Inside this issue:
became a trainer in two ABE classes. Since receiving the award, he has been released.
Kay George, librarian at RYOCF, accepted the award in his place. Vincent Bell, also              Connecting Literacy and 3
from RYOCF, received honorable mention in this category.
                                                                                                 COABE/ProLiteracy         4
Outstanding English Language Learner of the Year: Tin Win from the Kenosha Liter-                joint conference raises
acy Council was given an honorable mention.                                                      the bar
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Wisconsin author, Jane Hamilton, gave the keynote address at the luncheon. Hamilton
wrote The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World. She delighted the audience with sto-              Agency Profile: Wal-      8
ries of growing up and falling in love with reading. Hamilton loved to read hard books,          worth County Literacy
but her sixth-grade teacher took Jane Eyre away from her because she was in the mid-             Council
dle reading group and that book was too difficult for her. That became ―the book she                                       10
                                                                                                 Storytelling technique
gave to me by taking it away.‖ Hamilton declared that books are her greatest happi-              targets fluency
ness and loves to ―touch‖ them, something you cannot do with electronic readers.
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                        President’s Message
                        LCSW is connected to literacy providers throughout southeastern Wisconsin. What’s your
                        connection to LCSW? Maybe you have attended one of the Jobs for the Future confer-
                        ences, a meeting that updated your professional skills, or one of our recent professional-
                        development trainings. Your participation and connection to LCSW helps us drive our
                        mission forward – literacy through collaboration.

                        May 24 to 28, I represented LCSW at the Jobs for the Future national convening confer-
                        ence in San Diego, discussing our work toward connecting literacy to work. Look for the
                        Connecting Literacy to Work workforce development document to be released late sum-
                        mer/early fall. LCSW recently has partnered with the Milwaukee Area Workforce In-
                        vestment Board, Urban Strategies and the Helen Bader Foundation for additional re-
                        sources to move forward the Connecting Literacy to Work project. Once completed, Con-
                        necting Literacy to Work will be a powerful educational tool for literacy agencies to use
    Tracy Loken Weber   when speaking with funders and business leaders.

                        I have been invited by Urban Strategies to present to the Urban Strategies Leadership
                        Council on June 1, highlighting LCSW member agencies, literacy, workforce-development
                        efforts in southeastern Wisconsin and the JFF meeting in San Diego. This represents yet
                        another way for LCSW to connect to funding and to the communities we live in.

                        There is a lot going on! Make sure to stay connected – for together we can combat low-
                        level literacy and improve workforce development in southeastern Wisconsin!
                                                                                              Tracy Loken Weber
                        Tracy’s new address and phone number are:
                        Milwaukee Achiever-Silver Spring Center
                        5569 N. 69 St., Milwaukee, WI 53218
                        414-463-7389 (w)
                        414-463-9484 (fax)
                        414-801-1080 (c)

                        LCSW award nominations due
                        Nominations are now being accepted for the LCSW Spirit Award and the Community
                        Service Award. Both awards are presented at the annual meeting in the fall.

                        The Spirit Award goes to an LCSW member (person or group) that embodies the spirit of
                        literacy in action in our community.

                        The Community Service Award recognizes organizations or individuals who do not need
                        to be members of the LCSW, and whose primary function is not literacy, but who have
                        been active in supporting the coalition and promoting literacy in the community.

                        Nominations are available at the LCSW website, All nominations are due
                        by August 15, 2010, to LCSW, P.O. Box 511121, Milwaukee, WI 53203.
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Connecting Literacy and Work—Revisited
On May 7, adult-education providers and workforce-development professionals met
together for the second time in Milwaukee to build capacity to achieve workforce-
development goals.

LCSW has been actively working with Jobs for the Future. A booklet centered on this
work, Connecting Literacy to Work, is being created. It documents the critical stage we in
southeastern Wisconsin face in developing a prepared workforce, and outlines what
needs to happen in order to prepare our learners for the jobs of the future. Employers
also need our help in preparing and transitioning workers.                                     Gloria Mwase, Jobs for the
                                                                                               Future, welcomed attendees.
This second Jobs for the Future conference articulated the goals we set in connecting
adult-education providers to employment:
     · Learning about the vital role that adult-education providers can play in economic
         and workforce development in our region;
     · Hearing about strategies for engaging key workforce-development organiza-
         tions with employer connections;
     · Understanding opportunities to access resources to support and strengthen edu-
         cation linkages with workforce development;
     · Connecting and sharing, and
     · Identifying the next steps programs might take to strengthen the path from adult
         -literacy education to employment.

Experts from both sides – literacy and workforce – joined together to help make the con-
nections more concrete. The conference program led to round-table discussions in which         Panel members speaking on
tangible ideas were communicated between adult educators and workforce representa-             sector strategies were Clare
                                                                                               Reardon, Froedtert Hospital;
tives for next steps in connecting literacy to work.                                           Lisa Boyd Gonzalez, YWCA
                                                                                               (speaking); Joe Nicosia, WRTP;
LCSW will continue its work in making these crucial connections for our learners. Further      and Marsha Connet, Wisconsin
information can be found at                                                       Literacy
                                                                              Holly Thielen

Annual Meeting is October 22
Mark your calendars for the LCSW Annual Meeting and conference to be held on Fri-
day, October 22, 2010.

The keynote speaker will be Margaret Doughty, managing partner of Literacy Power-
line, LLC.

The mission of Literacy Powerline is ―to increase literacy levels through effective and sus-
tainable community collaboration and engagement.‖ They believe ―that everyone thrives
when a community is committed to 100% literacy.‖

Margaret is a powerful speaker with a vital message for all concerned about literacy.              Margaret Doughty
Save the date now and more information will follow in the August newsletter.
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                               COABE/ProLiteracy joint conference
                               raises the bar
                               Two national literacy-advocacy groups came together for this year’s US Conference on
                               Adult Basic Education & Literacy, held in Chicago May 15 through 19.

                               LCSW President, Tracy Loken Weber, presented the Jobs for the Future Initiative to a
                               responsive group from around the country. (See the article on page 2.) She also served
                               on a panel for ProLiteracy Accreditation, providing others her expertise in the accredita-
                               tion process for literacy providers.

                               Hundreds signed the Right to Literacy Scroll that has been circling the country since the
                               Right to Literacy Convention on June 13, 2009. The goals are to raise awareness, to help
                               change the system, and to build a culture of literacy across the country. The scroll will be
                               making its way to LCSW in October for our annual meeting and conference. Further in-
                               formation about the Declaration of the Right to Literacy Scroll can be found at

                               Phil Yeh, literacy advocate and co-creator of 90 children’s books, arrived to present his
                               ―hot off the presses‖ book, Steve the Dog & the Winged Tiger. Yeh founded Cartoonists
                               Across America & The World, and has painted more than 1,700 murals in 49 states, as
                               well as more than a dozen countries, working with some of the most talented artists on the
                               planet (

                               It was so inspiring to see what others are doing to promote literacy for all. The informa-
Tracy Loken Weber, Phil Yeh,   tion we learned and passed on and the connections we made are empowering us to raise
and Holly Thielen              the bar even higher for literacy in southeastern Wisconsin.
                                                                                                            Holly A. Thielen

                               Membership Dues Reminder
                               As executive directors prepare their budgets for the fiscal year 2010-2011, we would
                               like to remind you to include membership in LCSW as a budget item. As LCSW continues
                               to grow and expand its influence in southeastern Wisconsin, it is vital that all literacy
                               agencies and partners retain their membership.

                               Beginning January 1, 2011, the annual membership dues will change to the following:
                                  Individual membership will be $35
                                  Affiliate membership will be $75.

                               Note the events and conferences that LCSW has held recently as well as the connections
                               our president has established to know that LCSW is noticed in this community. Your mem-
                               bership will keep you at the forefront!
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LCSW Committees
Membership Committee seeks new members
The membership committee needs your help to get the word out about joining LCSW. I
joined because I wanted the opportunity to network face-to-face with other adult educa-    ―Why did you
tors in Southeastern Wisconsin and to have more local opportunities for professional de-   join LCSW?
velopment. Why did you join? Have you met new people? Have you learned some-
thing new? LCSW offers programs aimed at teachers, tutors and directors. This is a pro-    Have you met
fessional organization that encourages it’s members to become actively involved.           new people?
                                                                                           Have you
You are invited to join the LCSW membership committee to help encourage more people        learned
to become members. The committee is developing an orientation for new members. It          something new?
also hosts a membership activity to attract new members. This year we are planning a
―Taste of Wisconsin‖ event paired with ―speed networking.‖ We value your suggestions
and always look for new ways to attract members. But, we need your help.

The Membership Committee meets about every one to two months. Please consider join-
ing us at our next meeting on June 18 and contact Mary Moze at for the
location and time. Help us think of new avenues of recruitment!

You can help Fund Development Committee
The LCSW Fund Development Committee helps support the work of our organization by
writing grants and seeking business partners and sponsors in order to secure funds to
enable committees to carry out their activities. An important goal of LCSW is to provide
professional development for instructors, tutors and volunteers. The Fund Development
Committee obtains resources for speakers at these trainings and conferences. The Fund
Development Committee corresponds frequently by e-mail to report progress and ideas
and meets bi-monthly.

Because of the many demands placed on funders, the committee will be investigating
alternative means of raising resources in addition to writing grants. Some examples of
past partners and funders are:

Northwestern Mutual Insurance (NML) has weekly drawings for their Days of Sharing.
An employee nominates an organization. If any LCSW member knows an NML em-
ployee who might nominate LCSW for the Days of Sharing participation, please contact
Marilyn Hegge at

Outpost Natural Foods has in the past selected LCSW to receive a percentage of sales
in their Day of Giving program. LCSW members can support both Outpost and LCSW
by shopping at Outpost, becoming owners of Outpost, and voting for LCSW to be in-
cluded in their Day of Giving program. The last time we were elected, LCSW received
close to $2,000.

M&I Support Services – Brookfield Regional Credit Center donated cash and books to
LCSW. In recognition of Earth Day, April 22, employees decided to do some ―clean-up‖
of books in their homes in order to reuse and recycle. The employees donated used and
new books – some said they bought more books than they brought to the sale. They
generously donated the proceeds and the unsold books to LCSW. The remaining books
were sold to a second hand bookstore, where we realized additional funds for LCSW.
Thanks to M&I for contributing to the cause of literacy in Southeastern Wisconsin.
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                       Affiliate Member News
                       Milwaukee Area Technical College and its Community Based Organization Consortium
25th Anniversary       will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GED/HSED Graduation Ceremony on June 3,
                       2010. The ceremony will be held at the Milwaukee Theatre at 6 p.m. All are welcome
                       to attend.

                       The Jefferson County Literacy Council will hold Hats Off to Literacy, a fun and fund-
Hats Off to Literacy   raiser, on Friday, June 25, 6:30 p.m., at the Jefferson Area Business Center, 218 Wiscon-
                       sin Dr., in Jefferson. Cost of $35 includes appetizers, beverages, musical entertainment,
                       and live and silent auctions. For information, call 920-675-0500 or 920-206-1260, or

                       Journey House held a week of Financial Literacy from May 3 to 6. Classes concentrated
Financial Literacy     on budgeting, savings, smart shopping and spending, and getting to know the banking
Week                   system. Two Home Buying Workshops, presented by M & I Bank and by students from a
                       real estate class at MATC, were presented in English and Spanish.

                       Literacy Services of Wisconsin celebrated 45 years of success in adult education on
Literacy Services      Wednesday, May 26, with a lunch and program at the Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee. Green
celebrates 45 years    Bay Packer James Jones was the featured speaker.

                       Thanks to the MATC Foundation for funding two instructors, Domas Wellington and Janet
Discovery World—       Nortrom, from the pre-college division, to take their reading classes to Discovery World.
WOW!                   Their students experienced Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the wide
                       range of Discovery World exhibits and experiments.

                       Staff and volunteers gathered at Racine Correctional Institution to present to about 300
Cultural Diversity     inmates the importance of cultural diversity in honor of Black History Month. The event
Symposium              featured eleven speakers and an inmate musical group. An article in the March 2010
                       Racine Mirror gives further details of the event.

                       University of Wisconsin English professor Deborah Brandt discussed ―Literacy in the 21st
Literacy in the        Century‖ on Thursday, April 8, at Carthage College. Brandt is a recognized authority on
21st Century           literacy, and has published prize-wining books. The Kenosha Literacy Council was a

                       The Racine Literacy Council celebrates two events. Shakespeare’s birthday was cele-
Happy Birthday,        brated April 23 with a benefit for RLC’s Shakespeare Urban Garden Project. The event
Shakespeare            included an edible book contest with a chance to bid on a cake to take home, silent auc-
                       tion, and Shakespearean-inspired pizzas and salad.

                       On another note, you are invited to the Racine Literacy Council’s 4th Annual Summer Read
Summer Read            Kick-off on Friday, June 4, 6 to 9 p.m., at Dekoven’s Assembly Hall, 600 21st St., Racine.
Kick-off               One of the highlights is a voice and silent book auction. Sign-up to be a Summer Read
                       read-a-thon reader and receive a free book. Summer Read runs from June 4 to
                       September 8. (International Literacy Day).

                       Pam Ellis and Christina Grimm were the winners of the first Walworth County Adult Spell-
Spelling Bee a         ing Bee, sponsored by the Walworth County Literacy Council and held February 25 at
“buzzing” success      the Evergreen Country Club in Elkhorn. The winners’ team was sponsored by the Lake
                       Geneva Rotary.
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New Board Member at Milwaukee
Former Milwaukee Achiever learner, Shaunell Morgan, has been appointed to the board
of directors of Milwaukee Achiever. Morgan is currently environmental supervisor for
Cargill Regional Beef in Milwaukee. She first became involved with Milwaukee Achiever         Shaunell Morgan
through JobLink training, where she learned workplace-specific skills that increased her
potential for promotion within Cargill.

Mary Moze awarded Madonna Medal
On April 24, Mary Moze was awarded the Madonna Medal for
Community Service by the Mount Mary College Alumnae Associa-
tion. The Madonna Medal represents the highest honor bestowed
on an alumna by the Alumnae Association and is given annually.                                  Mary Moze
The award recognizes Moze’s years of service to the Literacy             LCSW Affiliate Members
Coalition of Southeastern Wisconsin, the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin
Southeast, the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin and Irish Fest.                Adult Learning Center
                                                                         Adult Literacy Center, Grafton
Moze has served in a variety of volunteer roles for LCSW, includ-        Alverno College
ing President, secretary, PR committee chair, membership commit-         Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
tee chair, nominating committee chair and co-editor of the news-         Cardinal Stritch University
letter. She was instrumental in designing two brochures, organiz-        Council for the Spanish Speaking
ing the first International Literacy Day in 2007, creating the           Frank L. Weyenberg Library, Mequon
PowerPoint for the Speaker’s Bureau, creating the Handbook for           Goodwill Industries of Southeastern WI, Inc.
board members, and updating the by-laws. Moze has become                 International Learning Center
the ―go-to person‖ for answers to questions on LCSW history and          Journey House
how-tos. In recognition of her efforts, Moze received the Spirit         Kenosha Literacy Council, Inc.
Award in 2006.                                                           Lakeland College-Milwaukee Center
                                                                         Literacy etwork, Madison
                                                                         Literacy Services of Wisconsin, Inc.
                                                                         MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical College)
LCSW has 32 affiliate members                                            Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services
All of our affiliate members are listed in each of our quarterly         Milwaukee Public Library
newsletters, on our display board and in any media releases we           Multicultural Community Services, Inc.
send out. There is also a direct link from the LCSW Website to           Next Door Foundation
each affiliate member’s Website.                                         Omega School, Madison
                                                                         Racine Correctional Institution
Affiliate membership requires that an agency contribute $50 an-          Racine Family Literacy
nually to LCSW. Please contact the LCSW Membership Chair at              Racine Literacy Council
P. O. Box 511121, Milwaukee, WI 53203-0191, or visit our                 Repairers of the Breach
Website at for further information.                        Rotary District 6270
                                                                         St. Francis Public Library
Thanks to all affiliate members who make our coalition vibrant           Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
and strong. It enhances each agency to be able to draw upon the          UMOS (United Migrant Opportunity Services)
resources of the larger group as we truly become a coalition with        Walworth County Literacy Council
a larger voice.                                                          WCTC (Waukesha County Technical College)
                                                                         Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
                                                                         YWCA Greater Milwaukee
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         Agency Profile:
             Walworth County Literacy Council
         The Walworth County Literacy Council (WCLC) has provided literacy services in Walworth
         County since 1987. The Council was formed under the guidance of the Lakeshores Library
         System and incorporated in 1988. At that time, the agency was known as Literacy Coun-
         cil of Walworth County. The program operates under the guidelines of ProLiteracy

         Abby Baker is the new coordinator of the Literacy Council. She previously was a volun-
         teer in the Jail Literacy Program. Judy Stone, the founder of the Literacy Council, contin-
         ues to help operate the council on a regular basis. Judy also trains new volunteers, and
         currently tutors in the Walworth County Jail.

         The Adult Tutoring Program is a student-centered program that provides free one-to-one
         and small-group tutoring. Instruction takes place at public libraries. The Council finds a
         tutor that can meet with students at the closest and most convenient library. About 60 vol-
         unteers tutor 70 to 80 students, many of whom are Hispanic.

         The council offers Adult Basic Education (ABE). English language and English conversation,
         as well as citizenship, jail literacy and math.

         ABE utilizes individual instruction for students who want to improve their reading and writ-
         ing skills. WCLC also offers tutoring that focuses on GED preparation and the driver’s
         license written exam. English-language instruction is designed to help adults speak, under-
         stand, read and write English. In addition to teaching, tutors help students achieve many
         life-skill goals, such as obtaining a driver’s license, helping their children with school work,
         or becoming a United States citizen.

         August 11, 2008, marked the first day of literacy classes at the Walworth County Jail.
         Five volunteer tutors teach individual and small-group classes at the jail, including English
         Language Learning, Adult Basic Education and Math. Literacy classes in the jail are
         viewed as a privilege, rather than a right, and there has been a constant waiting list of
         inmates who want to take classes.

         The Literacy Council has received positive feedback from jail personnel, as well as student
         inmates. One student who recently completed literacy classes commented: ―Had I not had
         the extra help with reading and comprehension, I would not have passed my GED.‖
         Some of Abby’s proudest achievements since becoming coordinator in July are having a
         Spelling Bee in February. WCLC recruited a number of volunteers which greatly reduced
         the waiting list. The event also helped the council become better known.

         WCLC also initiated a computer literacy class at the end of April. The computer instructor
         is a volunteer and former IT professional and was instrumental in getting the class started.

         While the council has offered citizenship instruction in the past, Abby hopes to have in-
         struction more formalized. Through a ProLiteracy Book Scholarship, the Literacy Council
         received U.S. Citizenship study materials.
                                                                                       Marilyn Hegge
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Instructor Julie Liotta has major-league year
The adult education community knows: It’s sometimes difficult to get adult learners to
finish the GED. Competing priorities in family life, work, health care and transporta-
tion often prevent adults from completing their studies to achieve success on the GED.

Enter Julie Liotta, an MATC instructor with enthusiasm to spare. Liotta teaches GED
classes in Spanish and English through a community partnership with Milwaukee
Achiever Literacy Services at 1512 W. Pierce St.. The learning lab is well known in
Milwaukee’s south side community, and with good reason. This year, in a few short
months, Liotta has coached more than 40 adult learners to accomplish what they all
thought could take years. They earned a GED.

Liotta’s success rate in getting pre-college adults prepared for the next step in educa-
tion is phenomenal. If she were a major-league hitter, she would have a .750 batting
average for the season. Liotta is appropriately modest about her success, but incredi-
bly open and honest when it comes to sharing educational ―insider tips‖ on her teach-
ing philosophy.

―I focus on what’s possible,‖ she said in a recent interview. ―Adults need to know         Julie Liotta
they’re not required to be perfect in GED testing, but they are required to pass. I
pour all my attention into teaching what they’re most able to learn.‖ As a result,
Liotta’s students go into GED testing with both the confidence to take the test, and the
understanding that they don’t have to achieve perfection to pass.

―Once they get that GED,‖ said Liotta, ―a whole world of opportunity in education and
training opens to them. I don’t want them to miss out just because they got stuck on
learning decimals.‖
                                                                          Claudia Scholl

Student Writing:
      Why it is important to be bilingual
I have been coming to learn English at Racine Literacy for four years. This was the best
opportunity I have had. It’s difficult to learn and understand a new language. But it is
elementary for good communication, jobs, doctor appointments, et cetera. It is more
important when you have kids. But, also, it is important to educate your kids so they
know both languages and aren’t embarrassed to speak their first language.

I have two kids. And my dream is that they will go to school and grow up to have suc-
cessful lives. And I want them to be bilingual.

I teach my kids about my language and my culture, and one day I hope they will feel
proud about my roots. I understand this is not my country, but I am thankful for the
opportunities it has given me. I am teaching my kids to love and serve this country, but
to love my country as well.

I want to motivate people to continue working for a better life, but never forget their
roots. I want people who have always lived in this country to understand we can love
this country as much as they do.
                                              Josefina Martinez, Racine Literacy Council
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                       Storytelling technique targets fluency
                          Participants were challenged to set aside some traditional principles and be open
                          to new, successful techniques for developing language fluency when Blaine Ray
                          brought his unorthodox language-acquisition methodology, Teaching Proficiency
                          through Reading (TPR) and Storytelling, to LCSW’s spring workshop on April 16.
                          The all-day conference was held at Alverno College.

                          Ray believes that the textbook system based on grammar is a flawed one for de-
                          veloping language fluency, and he is not alone. French teacher, Dr. Roy Day
                          agrees: ―I am in my fifth year teaching with TPRS. Why? Simple. It works.‖

                          This highly successful technique is based on structured storytelling. The teacher tells
                          a simple story in the target language, using limited vocabulary with many details.
                          Here is an example: “Pedro has five dogs. He didn’t like them. He wanted
          Blaine Ray      five cats. He went to Racine with his five dogs. He gave the dogs to a girl
                          on the street. The girl was happy.” The teacher then asks questions about the
                          story, each question requiring response in the target language. For example: “Did
                          Pedro have five dogs or four dogs? Who has five dogs? What did Pedro
                          have? Did he like the dogs? Who wanted the dogs?”

                          Through the workshop, Ray emphasized three fundamental TPR concepts:
                              · Make the class comprehensible. Gear your class to the slowest-processing
                                 student. Use vocabulary your students know. Write out unfamiliar words
                                 with their translation. Speak slowly enough so students can process what
                                 you say.
                              · Make the class repetitive. Continually start over. Add details, characters
                                 and locations to the same structure.
                              · Make the class interesting. Add unexpected details. Personalize, drama-
                                 tize and use props.

                          To get started, Ray offers, for purchase, student books and teacher guides for
                          Level One, ―Mini-Stories for Look, I Can Talk!‖ and Level Two, ― Look, I Can Talk
                          More!‖ Teachers also can adapt their own textbooks or other stories. For more
                          training, two- and three-day TPR workshops will be held throughout the country this
                          summer, with the Tenth Annual Conference in Oak Brook, Illinois, July 19 through
                          July 23, 2010. Ray’s Website, offers a wealth of information.

                          Whether you accept all or a portion of TPR, the concepts of comprehension, repeti-
                          tion and interest, sprinkled with participation and humor, can bring a new dimension
                          to your language-acquisition classroom.
                                                                                           Mary Louise Lindquist
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Literacy Resources
The Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) has launched its redesigned fi-
nancial-literacy education Website, The new site is interactive and           New Financial-
features new calculators, checklists and numerous other features. It provides more re-         Literacy Website
sources to Americans seeking information that can inform their personal financial deci-
sions. The new creates an on-line point of access to financial information
from the 21 Federal agencies, departments and bureaus that comprise the FLEC. They
can also find information targeted to their personal or professional situation.

New information about proposed changes to the GED test can be found on-line at:, and at
                                                                                               Proposed Changes
                                                                                               to GED Test
The Sixth Annual Orton-Gillingham-based training will be held in Rhinelander, Wisconsin,
June 14-18, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and June 21-25, 12 to 5 p.m. This intensive workshop is
designed for parents, educators or anyone interested in learning in-depth, research-
based instructional interventions in reading and spelling. Participants will have hands-on     Intensive Orton-
experiences tutoring a child or adult who has moderate to severe reading or spelling           Gillingham
difficulties, under the close supervision of instructors trained in Orton-Gillingham modeled
multi-sensory language methods. The workshop offers Continuing Education Units only.           Training
Graduate credits will be available through Viterbo University for an additional cost.
Registration forms and scholarship forms are available at, or
by calling Bob Steber at 1-800-544-3039 extension 4580.

How has reading helped you?
This question was posed to many prominent citizens of Milwaukee by the Public Relations

Robert Greenstreet, Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UWM, re-
sponded: ―Reading provides the key to opening many doors to knowledge. Most impor-
tantly, it can engage the mind in new horizons outside of your everyday life and spark
the imagination. Creativity is the foundation to success, and reading provides the means
to engage the mind, open up new perspectives and propel you to a new level of per-
sonal and professional success.‖

Nominating Committee seeks nominations
The LCSW Nominating Committee is seeking nominations of people who are interested in
serving on the board for a three-year term beginning at the Annual Meeting on October
22, 2010. Contact Mary Moze at with your suggestions. The committee
makes the decision and presents a proposed slate at the Annual Meeting.

Please consider nominating yourself. Often, it is difficult to know who would like to be-
come involved, and self-nominating is a good way to let us know of your willingness to
become more active in helping LCSW with its literacy efforts!
      P.O.Box 511121
 Milwaukee, WI 53203-0191

LCSW Board of Directors
Tracy Loken Weber, President
   Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services
Peg Palmer
   Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services
Holly Thielen, Secretary
   Next Door Foundation
Herb Hayden, Treasurer
   Adult Learning Center
Anna Bierer
   International Learning Center
Kathy Mulvey
   Washington Park Library
Susan Nemetz
   Milwaukee Area Technical College
Janet Nortrom
   Milwaukee Area Technical College
Diane Snell
   Racine Literacy Council
Char Tillman-Piery
   Council for the Spanish Speaking

Newsletter editors: Mary Moze and Kathy Mulvey

                              LCSW Dates
                            Wednesday, June 9     LCSW Board Meeting
                                       4 p.m.     Milwaukee Achiever, 5566 N. 69 St.

                               Friday, June 11    LCSW Membership Meeting
                                      12 noon     ―Effects of Poverty and Stress on Learning‖
                                                  Frank L. Weyenberg Library, Mequon
                                                  11345 N. Cedarburg Rd. 60W

                                Friday, July 23   LCSW Board Meeting
                                       12 noon    Milwaukee Achiever, 5566 N. 69 St.

                             Friday, August 13    LCSW Membership Meeting
                                      12 noon     Sally Kuzma: Photo Documentary Project
                                                  Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha Campus, Room 102
                                                  327 E. Broadway, Waukesha WI

                        Monday, August 16         Deadline for LCSW Exchange
                                                  Deadline for Nominations for LCSW Awards

                       Friday, September 17       LCSW Board Meeting
                                    12 noon       Milwaukee Achiever, 5566 N. 69 St.

                            Friday, October 22    LCSW Annual Meeting
                                                  Save the Date!

                            Friday, December 3    LCSW Membership Meeting
                                       12 noon    Holiday Pot Luck

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