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 www.lcswi.org
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.
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
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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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
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, www.lcswi.org. 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-
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 www.jff.com. Literacy
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-
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
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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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?
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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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 www.lcswi.org 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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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.
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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-
―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
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
· 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, BlainerayTPRS.com 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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The Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) has launched its redesigned fi-
nancial-literacy education Website, www.MyMoney.gov. 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 MyMoney.gov 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:
http://www.proliteracy.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=720, and at
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 www.wisconsinliteracy.org, 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 email@example.com 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!
Milwaukee, WI 53203-0191
LCSW Board of Directors
Tracy Loken Weber, President
Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services
Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services
Holly Thielen, Secretary
Next Door Foundation
Herb Hayden, Treasurer
Adult Learning Center
International Learning Center
Washington Park Library
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Racine Literacy Council
Council for the Spanish Speaking
Newsletter editors: Mary Moze and Kathy Mulvey
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