Health Literacy Initiative by lpx20272


									                                                   WWW.LVNJ.ORG               SUMMER 2007

                              Dear Friends,

                               I'm sure that we all have different definitions or ideas about what
                            "literacy" means. In the broadest sense, I consider literacy to be the
                         fundamental ways that people develop skills, acquire information and
                         conduct daily life. But exactly what skills do we need to be "fully literate" in
                         21st century America? We must be able to successfully complete a wide array
                         of tasks that require reading, writing and math as well as the ability to
                         communicate in English. Basic knowledge of technology and strong critical
ANNOUNCEMENTS            thinking skills are also important components of literacy.

October 13 & 27          Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey (LVNJ) remains committed to developing
Preparing to Become a    new curricula and materials that foster student achievement because they are
Tutor Trainer            relevant to the lives of adults with limited literacy. During the past year LVNJ
                         has focused on two major initiatives: Health Literacy and Tutoring with
                         Technology. LVNJ staff members are currently conducting workshops for
November 7-10
                         Literacy Volunteers tutors throughout the state. The response from tutors has
ProLiteracy Worldwide
                         been overwhelmingly positive and we are confident that the new skills and
Annual Conference
                         knowledge they have acquired will directly benefit their students.
Alexandria, Virginia
                          For 29 years, the adult literacy community has relied upon LVNJ to provide
                         valuable resources that enhance the quality of services delivered to adult
                         learners. Thank you for joining hands with us to support the growth of adult
                         literacy in NJ and helping to ensure that adults can learn the skills required to
                         navigate the 21st century.

HEALTH LITERACY          Sincerely,
                         Elissa Director
September 19
LV-Ocean County             Health Literacy
October 10                    Initiative
LV-Somerset County
                        LVNJ is pleased to announce we
October 11              have received grants both from
LV-Englewood            The Horizon Foundation for New
Library                 Jersey and Harrah’s Entertain-
                        ment to support our Health
October 16              Literacy Initiative. This initiative    Scott Barber, Harrah's Entertainment Vice
LV-Monmouth             is designed to provide adult         President and General Manager, presents Henry
                                                              Goldsmith, President of LVNJ, with a check for
County                  literacy students with the skills       $9,150, for our Health Literacy Initiative.
                        needed to interact effectively with
                        health care systems and professionals. Tutors are encouraged to use their
                        expertise to help their students improve their reading, writing, math and
                        communication skills and apply these skills to health materials and tasks.

                        (Continued on page 7)
                                                             Welcome Missy!
 The following affiliates have all received
    their accreditation from ProLiteracy                  LVNJ would like to welcome its new
  America. Our network now includes 17                Administrative Assistant, Missy Conley, to
    fully accredited programs. All LVNJ               our office, and thank Nicole Butkiewicz for
  affiliated programs will be finished with           all her hard work. We wish you the best of
 their accreditation process by the end of                            luck Nicole!
                  the year.

     Jersey City Library Literacy Program
    LV Association – Cape Atlantic
    LV-Bergenfield Library                       Tutoring with Technology:
    LV-Burlington County
    LV- Camden County                                 Log on and Learn
    LV-Englewood Library
    LV-Gloucester County                      LVNJ provides training to adult literacy programs committed
    LV-Mercer County                          to improving students' computer literacy and incorporating
    LV-Middlesex County                       computer technology into learning sessions.
    LV-Monmouth County
                                              We recognize computer skills as a key component of literacy;
    LV-Morris County                          computer skills are part of civic life, employment, and
    LV-Ocean County                           education. How often do we turn to the Internet to find
    LV-Pascack Valley                         information about jobs, education, parenting, and resources
    LV-Somerset County                        in our community? How many jobs now require computer
    LV-Sussex County
    LV-Union County                           Our Tutoring with Technology Initiative is designed to help
    LV- West Hudson                           students get started on a foundation of basic computer skills
                                              that will allow them to participate more fully as citizens, at
 ProLiteracy America accreditation is the     work, and in their own education. Our trainings for tutors and
national accreditation system for the adult   our resource manual were created to help students:
  literacy field. To learn more about the
     standards required to receive this              Learn basic computer skills
  credential, visit          Use a computer independently
  proliteracy_america/accreditation.asp              Increase instructional time
                                                     Access resources in the community
                                                     Build literacy skills
                                                     Improve job skills

                                              Our resource guide, Tutoring with Technology: Log on and
          Visit our                           Learn is designed for adult literacy instructors and students,
                                              and includes lessons on using Microsoft Word, the Internet,

        new website:                          and email, and lesson ideas for using computers to explore
                                              reading, writing, math, and critical thinking skills. The
                                              resource section highlights websites for students and                            educators.

                                              To see sample pages or order a copy visit and
                                                 click on Resources.

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                                                                                    Preparing to Become
Congratulations, Elissa!                                                               a Tutor Trainer
We are proud to announce that LVNJ’s Executive Director,
Elissa Director, has been recognized for her contributions to                      Congratulations to this
adult literacy with the Lifelong Learning Leadership Award
given by the New Jersey                                                              year’s graduates:
Association for Lifelong
Learning (NJALL).                                                                 Paul Shaver – LV-Englewood Library
                                                                                  Joyce Beatrice – LV-Gloucester County
NJALL honored Elissa at                                                           Irene Garcia – LV-Gloucester County
                                                                                  Michael Buening – Jersey City Library
an awards ceremony in
                                                                                  Literacy Program
June for her outstanding                                                          Brandy Frank – LV-Mercer County
contributions    through                                                          David Kuykendall – LV-Monmouth County
advocacy for learners,                                                            Noreen Peters- LV-Ocean County
program design and                                                                Marjorie Taylor – LV-Pascack Valley
development.                    NJALL President Jan Kristbergs, NJALL Board       Mary Ann Nolan – LV-Sussex County
                                   Member Barry Semple, Elissa Director

                                                                              The next PBBT will be October 13 & 27 at
                                                                                the North Maple Inn, Basking Ridge.

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               775 New Tutors to Join Literacy Volunteers
   The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) has awarded LVNJ a grant of
   $97,500 to expand tutor training throughout the state. A major portion of grant funding will be
   distributed to our 20 member programs to help defray costs associated with recruiting, training and
   matching 775 new volunteer tutors. Serving as the lead agency, LVNJ will be responsible for collecting
   data on the number of new tutors trained and number of adult literacy students served by these tutors.

   The grant also provides funding for LVNJ to design and deliver a series of professional development
   workshops. This includes 6 regional management meetings where program staff can share best
   practices, collaborate and discuss issues that impact the delivery of high quality literacy instruction.
   LVNJ will also conduct an intensive seminar for staff and volunteers who are responsible for training
   new tutors within their local programs.

   We wish to thank the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for this generous
   grant which will enable our member programs to significantly expand their corps of volunteer tutors.

Words in Common •                  SUMMER 2007                                                                   PAGE 3
                                                               Literacy for Life
                                On May 5th, over 200 Literacy Volunteers tutors, trainers, students, board members and
                                staff from around New Jersey gathered in East Windsor for LVNJ’s annual Literacy for Life

                                Workshops for tutors focused on a variety of instructional topics, including a model
                                framework for leading conversation groups, building student writing skills, tutoring with
                                technology, activities that promote pronunciation and fluency in English, matching learning
                                strategies to student learning styles, and many more.

                                Board and staff members participated in an intensive 3 hour workshop on donor cultivation
                                and a session to explore the roles and responsibilities of both board and staff within a non-
                                profit organization.

                                Students engaged in a workshop on “Shopper’s Math”, a roundtable discussion on student
                                leadership, and a session to help students identify ways of increasing their participation in
                                civic and community life. We were pleased to have two student speakers join us for our
                                awards luncheon.

                                Thank you to everyone who joined us to learn creative strategies and share successes and
                                challenges. This was a great opportunity for the network to get together and benefit from
                                all our collective wisdom and experience!

                                                               Student Speakers
                              At our awards luncheon this year we were honored to have two student speakers, Vladilen
                              Gimpilevich from Literacy Volunteers of Mercer County, and Harvey Little from the Jersey
                              City Library Literacy Program. Vladilen and Harvey articulated well the experiences of many
                              new English and literacy learners, and reminded us how tremendously literacy education can
                              create new possibilities and opportunities for our students. Thank you for sharing your
                              stories with us!

                                                                                Harvey Little
                                                                 Basic Literacy Student, Jersey City Public Library

                                                       Good morning, my name is Harvey Little. I worked for a company
                                                       named Durkee Foods for 30 years. I was one of the supervisors
                                                       there. I thought I would be there until I retired at 65, but it didn’t
                                                       happen that way. The company moved south. I found myself out
                                                       of work and out of a job. What am I going to do?

                                                       I was in charge of 200 employees there. We made hors d’oeuvres
                                                       and cheese puffs, franks, beef puffs and cookies, egg rolls and
                                                       other pastries.   I knew everything by heart there. Without an
                                                       education I could not find another job making $40,000 a year.

                                                       One day I was watching TV, Channel 13. There was a lady talking
                            Harvey Little              about adult education at the Jersey City Library. I went down to
                                                       talk to the director. There I met Ms. Cross. She taught me
                                                       phonics, how to break down words. Then I met John. He taught
                           me how to have fun with words. Then I met Pam. She taught me how to put everything
                           together by reading and writing stories.

                           I have learned a lot in the time I have been with the program. It has helped me a lot and what
                           I learn I help others. It makes me feel good.

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                      Vladilen Gimpilevich
First, I want to say thank you to everybody here today from all
ESL students. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us,
spending your time, and giving us the warmth of your hearts. Due
to your help we get opportunities to start new lives in this
country. We know how hard you work because some of us are not
so young and talented. And personally I want to say thank you to
my tutor – June Vogel.

I came to America eight years ago with my family. At that time
my English was equal to zero. I could not speak, read or write.
However I was very optimistic and maybe too naive. I began to
study English in college and I was sure that in one year I would
speak English perfectly. A year passed faster than I thought but
my English wasn’t improving as quickly.

I began to read and write but I could speak only with difficulty. I
needed practice, but I didn’t have friends among American people
and I couldn’t make any because I couldn’t talk to them. My
optimism disappeared. I began to doubt that I could speak
English at all. At that hard time for me I met June. She began to     Vladilen Gimpilevich
teach my wife and me as a tutor from Literacy Volunteers [of
Mercer County]….June became our teacher, friend and person
who knows all the answers to our questions. Besides English she
teaches us to love America. We learned
about the history of the U.S., famous
American people and places. My family
admires June very much and is thankful
to her from the bottom of our hearts.

Due to June bit-by-bit I began to speak
English. That helped me to find a job at
a library. I’ve made new friends who
                                                    A Special Thanks to Our
don’t speak Russian and I’m able to
communicate with them. Following                      Corporate Sponsors!
June’s example I wanted to give
something back and I started a class at
the library where I teach children to play
chess. I passed citizenship test. I can
now read books and newspapers, watch
TV and browse the web.

You know how difficult it is to move a big
tree from one place to another.
Sometimes it cannot survive. But my
family’s tree has found a new home in
America. It already grew new roots here
– three of my four grandchildren are
born Americans. Once I said that I felt
myself inside a big glass jar, from which
I could see people, but couldn’t
understand them speak. My English is
still not very good and I’m doing a lot of
mistakes, but thanks to June, I’m not in
the glass jar any more.

Words in Common •             SUMMER 2007                                                    PAGE 5
     Each year LVNJ awards the Alice M. Leppart Award for outstanding Affiliate Achievement
     and the Harry Van Houten Award for Lifetime Achievement to members of our state-wide
         community for their outstanding service, commitment , and success in the field of
   volunteer adult literacy. One affiliate and one outstanding individual received these awards
                                     at our Literacy for Life conference.

     Harry Van Houten Award for Lifetime Achievement
       Marion Huddleston, Literacy Volunteers of Burlington County
    Marion Huddleston has been a vital part of Literacy Volunteers of Burlington County
since the affiliate’s inception in 1982. Marion served as the first Executive Director until
1995. During her tenure, Literacy Volunteers of Burlington advanced from a small
organization working out of volunteers’ homes to the professional affiliate it is today.
    As a retired teacher, Marion knows well the importance of literacy skills. Her
commitment to literacy is evident by her many contributions. Marion has been a tutor
and a tutor trainer. She serves on the Board of Trustees, co-chairs the Board                  Marion Huddleston
Development Committee, trains volunteers to do TABE testing, and is a member of the
Workforce Investment Board Literacy Committee. Marion participates in all affiliate functions and is an ambassador
of literacy every day.
    Marion is also active in many aspects of community life. She serves on the Environmental Commission, Greater
Willingboro Association, and Friends of the Willingboro Library, an organization she helped to form in 1990. She
served as its director for two years, and was honored for this accomplishment in 2006 as Willingboro celebrated
Women’s History Month. She taught in the school district for 23 years, administered the Title One Program for
three years, and is a member of the ETA chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women
    Marion Huddleston has worked tirelessly for the cause of literacy. Her level of activity belies her years. Her
affiliate considers her a “Burlington County Treasure” and acknowledges a tremendous debt of gratitude to her
years of dedication and service. We are proud to present Marion Huddleston with the 2007 Harry Van Houten
Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to adult literacy.

      2007 Alice M. Leppert Award for Outstanding Affiliate Achievement
                             Literacy Volunteers of America – Camden County
     The successful partnership between Literacy Volunteers of America – Camden County and the Camden
 County Resource Center is an educational model that has proved to be highly effective for adult literacy
 students and a great benefit to both organizations.
     In recognition of the need for a continuum of literacy services, Literacy Volunteers of Camden County has
 integrated its services with those provided by the Camden County Resource Center by offering literacy
 instruction to adults performing at the lowest levels of literacy. In July, 2004, Literacy Volunteers of Camden
 County opened a satellite office on site at the Camden County Resource Center, where they are provided with
 office space, classrooms, and areas for tutoring. This allows adult students to receive a continuity of services in
 a familiar and non-threatening environment.
     When Camden County Resource Center clients test below fifth grade on the TABE, they are given the
 opportunity to receive on-site Literacy Volunteers instruction to increase their basic skills. The educational
 design includes classroom instruction, small group instruction, one-on-one tutorials, and independent computer
 study. This has proven very effective for students. Having on-site instruction creates opportunities for capturing
 teachable moments. It also eliminates the need for referrals, which can be frustrating for those who are
 disappointed by their test scores.
     The cooperation between these two organizations eliminates barriers for students and enables them to take
 advantage of the instructional opportunities that are best suited to their needs. Students are offered a full
 spectrum of options. The instruction provided by Literacy Volunteers, who have been trained to honor learning
 differences and learning styles, has become a key component of the educational design.
     Success of this model is demonstrated by exceptional student attendance, punctuality, and retention, and by
 the great percentage of students who significantly increase their basic skills, obtain or upgrade their
 employment, or enter training programs. Literacy Volunteers of Camden also reports an enrichment of their
 organization as a result of this partnership. In 2005, both agencies were asked to present their educational
 model at a national conference in Atlantic City. This outstanding program has helped to establish Literacy
 Volunteers of Camden as a leader in the Camden County literacy community.

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Literacy Advocate
LVNJ advocates for additional funding to support the vital work of our 20 member
programs. This article has been adapted from testimony presented at both New
Jersey Senate and Assembly Budget Committee hearings in March, 2007.

Is adult illiteracy an issue in NJ?
Low literacy levels are a huge problem for the state of New Jersey. They limit the
State’s economic progress and create hardships for individuals and families.
Almost 1 million adults in New Jersey do not have a high school diploma. High school drop-outs with jobs earn
an average annual salary of $19,000 – that’s $7,000 less than their classmates who successfully complete
their high school education. In New Jersey’s urban school districts, between 40 and 60 percent of students
drop out of school with reading levels well below the ninth grade. Due to high immigration rates, one in four
NJ residents speaks a language other than English at home. Adult education programs throughout our state
report extremely long waiting lists of individuals who wish to enroll in ESL classes.

Where does LVNJ fit in?
The adult literacy system in New Jersey has two major components. The first is adult literacy programs in
which students attend classes conducted in a group format. Most of these programs are sponsored by public
school systems or community colleges. The second component is a tutor-based system offered through
Literacy Volunteers where learners receive one-on-one instruction from well-trained volunteers. The tutor
based system is very effective in providing intense instruction to those who need it most and in helping those
who are not able to progress in a group-based environment. Literacy Volunteers is the State’s major provider
of tutor-based instruction for adults with limited literacy. We are a critical component of New Jersey’s adult
literacy system, teaching more than 3,000 adults annually. We are a private non-profit and must struggle for
every penny even though we are providing a statewide service.

Why should the State support LVNJ?
At a time of severe budget restrictions, the most cost effective way for New Jersey to address its adult literacy
problem is to leverage its limited State funds by combining them with the thousands of unpaid volunteer hours
that are available through Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey. Each year our corps of highly trained volunteer
tutors provides an average of 100,000 hours of free tutoring in reading, writing, math and English as a Second
Language. If the taxpayer had paid for these instructional hours at the conservative rate of $20.00 per hour,
the cost would have been $2 million. The return on the State’s investment will be increased literacy skills for
3,000 adults and the economic growth that it will generate.

Health Literacy Initiative, continued from page 1
We have developed a training and resource guide to help tutors incorporate health literacy topics into their
lessons, and have been working with groups of tutors throughout New Jersey. During the training, tutors
examine the definition of health literacy, explore the impact of low health literacy on health, identify the skills
needed to use health information, and create activities that enable adult literacy students to build their health
literacy skills.

Feedback from participating tutors confirms that improving health literacy is a critical need for adult literacy
students. One tutor wrote, “[I] now include health literacy topics in my lessons on a regular basis....All of my
students have enthusiastically responded to a health component to each class. In reviewing your materials
with my students I discovered that many of them, even the most advanced, were incorrectly following dosage
instructions for prescription and over-the-counter medications! The skills and knowledge that my students are
developing will enable them to improve their health and the health of their families.”

A previous grant from the Metlife Foundation has supported the training of 150 tutors throughout the state.
LVNJ will train 150 more tutors during the fall. We are grateful to the MetLife Foundation, The Horizon
Foundation for New Jersey, and Harrah’s Entertainment for supporting this project.

 Words in Common •               SUMMER 2007                                                           PAGE 7
       Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey is an        The First Book
  organization committed to improving the basic          by Rita Dove
      literacy skills of adults in New Jersey by
   maximizing the capacity and effectiveness of       Open it.
   LVNJ's network of affiliates, by increasing the
                                                      Go ahead, it won’t bite.
 public's awareness of the services provided by the   Well…maybe a little.
         network, and by promoting greater
     communication and action on the literacy         More a nip, like. A tingle.
                needs of New Jersey.                  It’s pleasurable, really.

                                                      You see, it keeps on opening.
              Get Involved!                           You may fall in.

                                                      Sure, it’s hard to get started;
  Volunteer your Time and Talents:                    Remember learning to use
                                Knife and fork? Dig in.
                                                      You’ll never reach bottom.
               Support LVNJ:
                                                      It’s not like it’s the end of the world-
                                Just the world as you think you know it.
                 Click on Support

 120 Finderne Avenue #15
  Bridgewater, NJ 08807
  Phone: (908) 203-4582
    Fax: (908) 203-4585
 Toll Free: 1-800-848-0048
       Executive Director
Elissa Director—

  Affiliate Services Director
  Jessica Tomkins—

   Administrative Assistant
  Melissa Conley—

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