"The Journey to Literacy Begins at Birth," a Massachusetts Reach Out and Read conference co-sponsored by Wheelock College and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, at Wheelock College Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA 02446.
Free classes to prepare for U.S. citizenship, offered jointly with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), at the New Haven Public Library's main branch, Tuesdays. Call 203-946-8138 to sign up; walk-ins are also welcome.
Preschool Story Times are every Monday and Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 at the New Haven Public Library's Stetson branch. Enjoy stories, songs, and fun for preschool ages; call ahead to reserve a spot: Diane Brown at (203) 946-6786.
Free ESL classes at the main branch of the New Haven Public Library, in partnership with Literacy Volunteers--improve pronunciation, listening and speaking skills in English conversation groups. Classes meet downstairs every Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8 p.m., and in the Mitchell Branch on Mondays, 6-8 p.m. No sign-up is required; call 946-8130 ext 200 for information. - Today
NHPS kindergarten canvass: Volunteers will knock on doors Saturday, August 16 (9:30am-1:00pm); Tuesday, August 19 (4:30pm-7:00pm); and Thursday, August 21 (4:30pm-7:00pm). Rain date is Saturday, August 23. Contact: Adriana.Joseph@nhboe.net or 203.497.7051.
Booktalk Sisters Susan Monroe and Lisa Monroe invite you to join them for the Maya Angelou Reading Series at the New Haven Public Library main branch for a discussion of Maya Angelou's memoirs, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" on June 30 and "Gather Together in My Name" August 5; RSVP: email@example.com.
Benefit for the Institute Library, New Haven's oldest independent lending library and one of the last remaining membership libraries in North America. This occasion includes dinner at a historic 9th Square restaurant of your choice in the company of a New Haven area author.
Margie Gillis of Literacy How addresses "The Current State of Reading in Connecticut," and Xia Feng of the New Haven Public Library speaks on Ready for the Grade and the Summer Reading Club, at Literacy Coalition board meeting, with visitors welcome: contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screening of "If These Knishes Could Talk," a film celebrating elements of pronunciation which, along with a few dropped Rs and intrusive Gs, make up the New York accent. Watch and learn how new Americans find themselves ordering a
College Workshops for Parents and Teens at New Haven Public Library's main branch, 2nd-floor program room: "Getting Ready For College: How You Can Make Yourself the Most Competitive Applicant Possible," for rising 8th-11th-graders and their families; "Senior Year: The College Application Process," for rising 12th-graders and their families. Free admission; all are welcome.
Jewish Coalition for Literacy features Stefan Pryor, Commissioner of Education for the State of Connecticut, and New Haven Superintendent Garth Harries at JCL's event recognizing volunteer reading partners for NHPS students--at the JCC in Woodbridge
Volunteers needed for "college liftoff" event to support high-school juniors with beginning to prepare college essays; this event at Metropolitan Business Academy (115 Water Street) is sponsored by the Coop Center for Creativity.
This month's exCHANGE forum will address arts education in schools and communities. Panelists will include Jennifer Clarke, Managing Director, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable; Linda Friedlaender, Curator of Education, Yale Center for British Art; and Suzannah Holsenbeck, Arts Director, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. RSVP: email@example.com
ExCHANGE is a monthly public forum at Dwight Hall for Yale students, faculty, and staff to come together with New Haven-area educators and other community members to exchange questions and ideas about education. STEM education is the topic March 5, with panelists Frank Keil, Linda Malkin, Robert Tai, and Richard Therrien. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Haven Early Childhood Council information session at the Early Childhood Learning Center, 495 Blake Street, for those interested in applying for a School Readiness grant for licensed child care centers that serve New Haven children ages 3 to 5 years old. Contact Denise Duclos, project director, prior to the meeting for the guidelines and grant application: email@example.com or 203-946-7875.
New Haven Review merges with the Institute Library; join the writers, editors, and readers of the New Haven Review and members of the Institute Library for an evening celebrating this partnership and the release of NHR Issue 13.
New Haven forum for students to discuss how higher-stakes testing affects their learning and wellbeing in Connecticut public schools, at Wilson Branch of the Public Library, 303 Washington Street--facilitated by Jacob Werblow and Shahid Abdul-Karim. Contact: Kristen Phoenix, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ExCHANGE is a monthly public forum at Dwight Hall for Yale students, faculty, and staff to come together with New Haven-area educators and other community members to exchange questions and ideas about education. "Race in education" is the topic February 5, with panelists including Travis Bristol, James Comer, and Adrian Mims. RSVP: email@example.com.
"Books Build Better Brains: Critical Intervention in the First 1,000 Days," an informational briefing at Connecticut's Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The Education Committee, Committee on Children, and Public Health Committee invite you to this briefing with pediatricians and early literacy experts from Reach Out and Read.
Community Conversation on Positive Paths for Youth, including a youth panel and community discussion on how to address concerns, build opportunities for young people and support youth programs in the New Haven area. Shahid Abdul-Karim, the Community Engagement Editor of the New Haven Register, will facilitate, at Augusta Lewis Troup Middle School, 259 Edgewood Avenue.
Family Literacy Forum presented by the Connecticut branch of the International Dyslexia Association, featuring Drs. Bennett and Sally Shaywitz, Co-Directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
New Haven Reads Spelling Bee presented by Higher One Cares, at Dodds Theater, University of New Haven. Teams of three adults will compete, with funds raised to support New Haven Reads literacy programs.
Literacy Forum on Engaging Young Readers, featuring panel of New Haven Public School teachers, librarian, and at least one young person--at the Public Library's main branch. Free event, with light refreshments; RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Haven Adult Education Open House breakfast at 580 Ella T. Grasso Boulevard, New Haven, CT 06519. Learn about programs and how they can help your students, employees, or clients achieve future goals. RSVP by September 24: (203) 492-0213.
Share the joy of reading with a New Haven public school child! Information/orientation session featuring Joyce Saltman, at the Jewish Community Center, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge; this program is non-denominational, and volunteers from all backgrounds are welcome. Contact Brenda at 203.387.2424 x308 or email@example.com.
International Literacy Day celebrated, with the global theme for 2013 "Literacies for the 21st Century" and a U.S. focus on "Career Ready Reading: What Employers Need from Schools and How We Can Work Together"
Looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? Volunteer tutors are needed in Greater New Haven, Meriden, Wallingford and the Valley to help adults learn to read and speak English. Go to www.lvagnh.org to send in your application. Training starts in September!
Spanish Community of Wallingford benefit concert by the Villalobos Brothers at Choate Rosemary Hall, with pre-concert reception 6:30 p.m. and special performance by the Mariachi Academy of Connecticut.
United Way will host a training session for Success By 6 applicants at 370 James St., Suite 403 in New Haven. Any organization interested in applying must send a representative to the training to learn more about this funding opportunity; contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes to assist students preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Exam resume and are open at any time--walk-ins welcome. Classes are held every Thursday at the Main Branch of the New Haven Public Library; call (203) 946-8130 ext 200.
United Way's "Success by 6" RFPs will be released, with preliminary applications due June 28 and full applications due August 9. A mandatory applicant training is June 13, 9-10:30 a.m. at United Way's office. RSVP for the training by June 11: email@example.com.
At New Haven Reads, volunteers tutor 550 students each week. When college students (half of the tutors) are gone, that means some 275 students need your help! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-752-1923, if you are able to assist even temporarily.
Science literacy: "Science in the News" free lecture series in the community program room of the main branch of the New Haven Public Library, the last Tuesday of every month through May--"Mind Reading: Can We Do It? Should We?" is the topic May 28.
Author Mary Ann Hoberman to speak at the Jewish Coalition for Literacy's volunteer appreciation reception, at the Jewish Community Center, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge. The event is free of charge and open to the public; RSVP to Brenda Brenner: email@example.com.
Volunteers are needed for College Essay Liftoff. In partnership with the New Haven Promise and Co-op Center for Creativity, this event will provide high-school juniors workshops for them to begin developing, drafting, and editing essays for college applications.
Science on Saturdays at Yale is a series of public lectures to promote science literacy. This year's series resumes April 27, with demonstrations at 10 a.m. and lectures from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, at 225 Prospect Street (Sterling Chemistry Lab) in New Haven.
Week(s) of the Young Child events run through April 27, with New Haven activities including a reading at City Hall (April 15, 10 a.m.), as well as at East Rock School, Yale Art Gallery, Leitner Planetarium, Cityseed market @Wooster Square, branches of the Public Library, the Eli Whitney Museum and Connecticut Children's Museum.
Story Exploring Training, at Capitol Region Education Council, 111 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford. Story Exploring helps adults read to children in ways that will expand comprehension, build vocabulary and help them translate spoken language to the written word--for children from birth through elementary school. For more information or to register, please contact: Christine Pizarro at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 685-7598.
Literacy Forum on "Early Learning" with Myra Jones-Taylor, Early Childhood Planning Director for Connecticut; Cyd Oppenheimer, Senior Policy Fellow at CT Voices for Children; and Sandra Malmquist, Director, CT Children's Museum and Creating Kids. For information and to RSVP: email@example.com
"Digital Literacy for Early Learners: A Primer for Parents," with a "What Worked?" session in May. The program is designed for parents of children from birth to age 5, so children can prepare for kindergarten. Location: NH Family Alliance, 370 James Street, 2nd Floor, New Haven. RSVP: Register@EachChildLearns.org or 203-410-3679.
Deadline for New Haven Free Public Library's annual poetry contest, open to those who live, study or work in New Haven. The 2013 theme is "A place of light." Winners will be announced at an April 27 reception. Winning poems will be featured in the New Haven Review. Contact 203-946-8835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Goal Sunday, at Gateway Community College: Can you help for a few hours? Professional financial aid counselors will help families with the FAFSA. But volunteers serve as greeters, work the registration tables and staff the refreshment area; bilingual English/Spanish speakers serve as translators.
Join the writers, editors, and readers of the New Haven Review for an evening celebrating the release of its 11th issue, at the Young Men's Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven: 203-562-4045.
NHPS Mentor Roundtable, providing mentors an opportunity to share experiences, discuss challenges of mentoring in a school, and exchange ideas. RSVP: email@example.com.
Experience Corps is recruiting people age 55+ to be literacy tutors with children in New Haven's Quinnipiac and Strong elementary schools 10+ hours a week. No teaching or tutoring experience is necessary; training and AmeriCorps stipend are provided. You must have a high school diploma or GED and pass a background check and literacy screening. Contact Sheila Greenstein: 203-752-3059 x2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Haven Promise and New Haven Academy are offering a workshop about FAFSA and financial aid, for all New Haven high school juniors, seniors and their parents. A financial aid officer from SCSU will explain the financial aid process and answer questions, at New Haven Academy, 444 Orange Street. Dinner will be provided. RSVP with your name, phone number and email to Betsy Yagla at 203-776-6473 or email@example.com.
Diane Frankenstein leads a discussion of "conversational reading" for reading tutors and Jewish Coalition for Literacy learning partners at the Jewish Community Center in Woodbridge, CT, with free books provided; RSVP by November 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-387-2522 x200.
Diane Frankenstein leads a free workshop for parents on "conversational reading" at Hill Regional Career H.S. (140 Legion Avenue, New Haven), with free books, dinner, and child care provided; RSVP by November 30 to Concepts for Adaptive Learning executive director Curtis Hill at email@example.com or 203-410-3679.
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, annual meeting and convening, this year for education with speaker Stefan Pryor at the Omni Hotel; RSVP by November 16 via 203-777-7098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Haven Parent Forum, with Myra Jones-Taylor, director of the CT Office of Early Childhood--lunch, child care, and free transportation provided (from City Hall at 11:30 a.m.) to Wilson Branch of Public Library. RSVP: email@example.com
Volunteer to join area journalists, poets and writers, and dozens of local educators and professionals who are committing a day to New Haven public high school seniors by offering one-on-one coaching on personal statements for college applications. This event will be hosted by the Co-op Center for Creativity; sign up online.
Parent University begins, at Gateway Community College, for families of students in New Haven public schools; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or register through automated lines: English, 203-497-7055; Spanish, 203-497-7056.
"Read By 8: The Importance of 3rd Grade Reading," with Henrietta Munoz, Ph.D., Eastside Promise Neighborhood Project Director, United Way of San Antonio. Program at 6:30 preceded by reception. Presented by Progreso Latino Fund at Gateway Community College, 1st-floor Community Room, New Haven. The event is free, with donations accepted.
Literacy Coalition meeting featuring presentation by Yolanda Caldera-Durant of the Annie E. Casey Foundation; anyone is invited to attend in the Community Room of the Public Library, 133 Elm Street. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Read program begins Wednesday, September 19 at Wilson branch of the New Haven Public Library, 303 Washington Avenue. This free program runs for 10 weeks, Wednesdays through November 28. Parents explore classic children's literature and receive a new book each week for their child's library. Free transportation, child care and lunch are available, and the group is facilitated by trained volunteers through the CT Humanities Council. Parents with children ages 0-5 are welcome. Contact Yania Padilla Sierra at 203-688-8164 or email@example.com.
Orientation and informational session for volunteers serving as reading partners with the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, which works with New Haven public schools; contact firstname.lastname@example.org about this event at 360 Amity Road in Woodbridge.
Saturday summer hours continue, with the Ives-Main Library open to the public from 12-5, and all other branches closed. The New Haven Public Library will resume regular Saturday hours, with the Branches open, on September 8.
Back-to-school event, with free backpacks and school supplies for students in Newhallville, at the Literacy Center at 4 Science Park in New Haven. Donations of school supplies or cash/checks welcome; contact NHPD Lieutenant Rebecca Sweeney: RSweeney@newhavenct.net
Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL) has received, from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, a grant to support development of a curriculum called "Digital Literacy for Early Learners: A Primer for Parents."
Mandatory training for prospective applicants for a "Kids Succeed" grant from United Way of Greater New Haven, at 370 James Street, 4th floor, New Haven. United Way is inviting proposals for grant funding from any non-profit organization serving low-income school-age youth in Branford, East Haven, Hamden, New Haven, North Haven and West Haven. Annual grant amounts will range from $10,000-$50,000 and provide three years of funding to programs that provide high-quality wraparound services and learning supports to help school-age youth in our region succeed in school and be prepared for college and work. Applicants should first complete the Notification of Intent to Apply online, no later than June 30. Full applications are due July 16.
Conference on collecting, preserving, and sharing oral histories in the 21st century, with Bruce M. Stave, Sondra Astor Stave, and David Isay (of StoryCorps)--at Manchester Community College; contact email@example.com.
Free GED classes for New Haven residents, provided by New Haven Adult Ed. teachers in the new computer classroom at the Public Library's main branch. Classes run Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays until June. Students may join any time after calling 946-8130 ext 200.
New Haven high school juniors and seniors and their parents are invited to a free workshop, at the Public Library's main branch, on money management designed specifically for those approaching college. Attendees will be eligible to apply for a special Higher One scholarship. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space is limited, and registration is required at www.homay16.eventbrite.com or call the library at 203-946-8835.
Literacy Forum: Speakers include State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor and President Dorsey Kendrick of Gateway Community College, with panelists Erik Clemons of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), Maria Campos Harlow of Spanish Community of Wallingford, and Christopher Korenowsky of the New Haven Public Library--at Wilson Branch of the Public Library, 303 Washington Avenue in New Haven. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reception for poetry contest finalists and winners at the Main (Ives) branch of the Public Library, 133 Elm Street; celebrate poets with attention, applause, awards and refreshments during Poetry Month.
Whitneyville ReadFest, at Books & Co./Legal Grounds, 1235 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, through Sunday, April 22; proceeds will benefit Reach Out and Read, the family literacy initiative at Fair Haven Community Health Center. There will be free, fun activities for children of all ages. For more info, visit Whitneyville ReadFest on Facebook or call Linda (203-248-9449) or Evelyn (203-430-6328).
Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is available free for those with incomes of $50,000 or less. Through April 12, services are via Junta Thursdays until 8 p.m. at SAMA (Spanish American Merchants Association), 258 Grand Avenue in New Haven. Contact (203) 787-0191 ext.12 or Natalia.Xiomara@juntainc.org.
Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) at the New Haven Public Library, through mid-April, Mondays and Thursdays 5-7:30 p.m. and Fridays 1-4:30 p.m. Call 203-946-8125. At the Wilson Branch, VITA volunteers will be available Tuesdays 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays 1-4 p.m. Call 203-946-2228.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is partnering with the Valley Community Foundation, to offer a series of free training sessions to nonprofits serving the region. Workshops begin with "Practical Skills and Strategies for Nonprofit Supervisors"--Thursday, April 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Succession Planning sessions are Monday, May 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Monday, May 21, 4-8 p.m. Grant Writing 101 is Thursday, May 17, 4-5:30 p.m. (At Main branch of Public Library) Contact Jackie Downing at email@example.com.
The New Haven Public Schools guidance department is offering an evening of free college-focused workshops for NHPS parents, at the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School (177 College Street). There will be workshops geared towards parents/guardians of high school students and workshops designed for parents/guardians of elementary and middle school parents. For high school parents, offerings include "The College Admissions Process," "Financial Aid" and "Ask a Counselor a Question." For elementary and middle school parents, offerings include "Helping your child transition to high school," "Saving for college with CHET" and "Pathway to Promise." There will also be a panel discussion with college admissions counselors to help demystify the college application process. Contact Newhavencollegeconsortium@gmail.com or (203) 946-8821.
Volunteers are needed! New Haven Reads is in great need of tutors for our after-school tutoring program for children, both for substitute and more long-term volunteer positions. New Haven Reads provides all the training that is needed for our successful one-on-one program. No experience is necessary. We are looking for people who have one hour a week that they can give to a child to share the joy and power of reading. Please contact Keri Humphreys at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-752-1923.
Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and Linda Friedlaender will present a reading from their latest book, "Look! Look! Look! at Sculpture." This free event includes a gallery activity and is most appropriate for children ages 4 to 8. Contact (203) 432-2858 or email@example.com.
African American Women's Summit at Wexler/Grant Community School, 55 Foote St, New Haven; 9:00 workshop on "Literacy in the Lives of African American Women: An Historical Timeline" will be presented by Susan Monroe, Coordinator of School 29 Literacy Project. The session will explore how reading and writing have been used to further the personal, social and political goals of African American women.
Haskins Training Institute seminar for clinicians, educators, parents, and scientists on "Speech-Sound Disorders in Early Childhood: Early Indicators and Interventions." Topics will include speech perception and production in preschool and young school-age children, at the Main Auditorium, 300 George Street, New Haven; visit the website for registration options.
Grantseeker Information Webinar--Nonprofits interested in applying for a competitive Responsive New Grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the Valley Community Foundation are invited to participate in a webinar. Attend from your desk(https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/293393638) or in person by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Both options have space limits. The grant process begins with a submission of a pre-application, due March 2.
New Haven Review subscription party, $20, at the Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street. Each ticket includes a 1-year subscription to the New Haven Review, beginning with issue #9, available at the party. Current subscribers may purchase the subscription as gifts for others. RSVP: Susan Ingraham at (203) 772-2002 ext. 100 or email@example.com.
With Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, the New Haven Public Library is offering free classes to prepare for the U.S. citizenship test, every Wednesday through October 5. Classes focus on U.S. history and government and are open to all. For further information and to sign up, contact Bill Armstrong, (203) 946-8130 ext 381.
Free Math Camp for teens begins, Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 4, with focus on pre-Algebra; 25$ deposit to be returned for 90% attendance. Call (203) 752‐1923 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Free SAT prep classes begin, Mondays and Wednesdays through August 10; 25$ deposit to be returned for 90% attendance. Call (203) 752‐1923 or e-mail email@example.com to register. Tutors will assist with reading comprehension and vocabulary, math skills and problem solving, essay composition, test-taking strategies, and registering for SAT testing.
Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven to celebrate tutors and students, as well as honor community partners, at Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden; RSVP: (203) 776-5899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Haven Promise discussion at 4 Science Park, on ways literacy organizations can both support students' preparation and offer valuable routes for their community service; RSVP: email@example.com
September 13-17, National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
New Haven Police Lt. Rebecca Sweeney and other members of the NHPD are part of a campaign to provide books and promote reading across city neighborhoods. This effort is in collaboration with New Haven Reads.
Literacy Coalition board meeting