September 8th, 2013
The theme of this year’s International Literacy Day is “Invent Your Future.” A related event in Washington, D.C. addresses “Career Ready Reading: What Employers Need from Schools and How We Can Work Together.”
See UNESCO for international resources.
A September 2011 article marked this occasion two years ago.
August 14th, 2013
Recently NPR featured the phenomenon of “summer slide”; related issues appeared previously on this blog, including in June 2013 and June 2012.
August 13th, 2013
The adult students developing their reading, writing, and English skills through the assistance of Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven have published a new collection of their stories, statements, and beliefs.
In August 2012 this blog cited Hear Our Voices: Essays and Reflections from Literacy Volunteer Students.
Now the 2013 edition of Hear Our Voices is available. It includes sections on culture and tradition, “dreams for the future,” family, learning English, living in America, and “what to tell Americans.” Among the latter group are reflections such as “Americans, stop being wasteful!” and “Talking to your child about violence.”
An introductory letter from the executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven cites some 230 “volunteers who worked as tutors [in 2012-13 and] … helped their students learn how to fill out job applications, how to read books to their children, how to tell their stories in English and how to write those stories.”
May 5th, 2013
Tina Rosenberg’s recent New York Times piece, via its Fixes series and Opinionator blog, was on “The Power of Talking to Your Baby” – after David Bornstein’s “Books for Low-Income Families” addressed related issues (and focused on First Book) in May 2011.
This spring’s Literacy Forum responded to such issues in the New Haven region.