Benefits for Public Library, Literacy Volunteers, New Haven Reads

February 26th, 2017

At least three important local organizations have benefit events approaching.

February 28 brings the annual Mardi Gras fundraiser for the New Haven Public Library, at its main branch downtown.

March 30 will see major events for two organizations:

     Literacy Volunteers of Greater Haven will hold its annual Scrabble challenge, at Hopkins School.

     New Haven Reads will celebrate its 15th anniversary at Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library.

Neighbors across the region are invited to join in supporting these worthy causes!

Mentoring, in January and Beyond

January 3rd, 2017

With President Obama’s latest proclamation of National Mentoring Month, the occasion is underway for 2017 — with My Brother’s Keeper a way that Barack Obama himself will continue to promote mentoring around the country.

As January 2016 and other prior posts have noted, mentoring — like literacy — happens in a variety of settings, on a daily basis.

Still, the month and an annual National Mentoring Summit (this year technically February 1-3 in Washington, DC) offer opportunities to raise awareness and expertise around this cause.

According to the event’s website, “The theme for the 2017 National Mentoring Summit is ‘Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement.’  The National Mentoring Summit is the only national convening of youth mentoring professionals, researchers, philanthropic investors and government and civic leaders aimed at collectively strengthening and expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people across the country.”

Resources range from Serve.gov/Mentor to the National Mentoring Partnership, from the Connecticut Mentoring Partnership to New Haven’s Citywide Youth Coalition and LiteracyEveryday.

Taking Action for Literacy, Every Day

December 10th, 2016

As the name of this website suggests, literacy affects lives every day.

The site includes a list of news and events around literacy, not only locally but beyond.

As 2017 approaches, among the events is National Literacy Action Week, in February.  This special week is an occasion to call attention to what students, educators, parents, neighbors, taxpayers, and citizens can do year-round to advance learning.

Volunteering, donating, informing, voting, mobilizing — there are many ways to take action to improve educational opportunities for people of all ages.

News, Video: “Language, Bilingualism, and Literacy — in School and Beyond”

October 20th, 2016

The New Haven Independent published an article about the September 29 forum, “Language, Bilingualism, and Literacy — in School and Beyond.”

The Connecticut Network video-taped the program, now available online.

The event, which — for example — was promoted (in English and Spanish) from the New Haven Public Schools to the Public Library, reflected a collaboration among the school district, the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (CALAS), and the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven, at LiteracyEveryday.org.

A version of the article also appears at Medium.

Forum: “Language, Bilingualism, and Literacy–in School and Beyond,” Thursday, September 29

August 30th, 2016

As part of a Literacy Forum series, the discussion at Wilbur Cross H.S. (181 Mitchell Drive in New Haven) will feature:

   *Ofelia García, Ph.D., Professor, Urban Education and Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Graduate Center, City University of New York

   *Abie Benítez, Ph.D., Director of Instruction, New Haven Public Schools (moderator);

   *Miguel Cardona, Ed. D., Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Meriden Public Schools

   *Norine Polio, Teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages, New Haven Public Schools

Admission is free, with light refreshments provided, but seating is limited.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; the program begins at 5 p.m.

Please register: info@literacyeveryday.org

Sponsored by: The NHPS, Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (CALAS), and Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven.

September 29 Literacy Forum listing on events calendar

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