2012-2013 Program Year Achievements
- Recruited, trained and utilized 90 NEW volunteers.
- Served over 300 adult students
- Worked with 280 active adult tutors
- Pre and post tested 185 students; 65% showed literacy gains!
- Volunteers provided over 12,000 hours of tutoring and other volunteer work.
Out of the active students in 2012-2013…
- 16 obtained or improved their job
- 22 retained their current job
- 185 gained employability skills
- 22 entered other education or training
- 31 increased involvement in their children’s education
- 7 registered to vote or voted for the first time
- 7 obtained US citizenship
- 3 obtained a drivers license
*numbers reflect student achievements as reported by tutors
Fast Facts on Illiteracy
- 1 in 5 residents of Erie County is functionally illiterate.
- 1 in 3 residents of the City of Buffalo is functionally illiterate.
- On a national level, for every $1 spent by Literacy Volunteers to tutor adults, $33 in economic benefit is returned to the overall economy. (Economic Impact Analysis conducted by AT Kearney, 1999)
- Parents who can’t read are likely to have children who can’t read well.
- 61% of low-income homes have no books in them.
- Between 41-44% of adults with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty. (Based on federal poverty guidelines)
- New York State funding for adult literacy has been frozen at the same level since 1988.
- 60% of prison inmates are illiterate.
- 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems.
- 76% of adults on public assistance are illiterate or unable to read more than the simplest of texts.
- Welfare recipients with the lowest educational skills stay on welfare the longest.
- For the first time ever, nearly one-fifth of America’s children speak a language other than English at home.
http://literacynewyork.org/ – Literacy New York state agency
http://www.proliteracy.org/ – ProLiteracy Worldwide
http://www.valrc.org/index.html -Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center
http://www.proliteracyednet.org/ – ProLiteracy Education Network
http://thinkfinity.org/ – Provides training courses, tutoring materials, activity ideas.
http://www.coabe.org – Coalition for Adult Basic Education
http://ldanatl.org – Learning Disabilities Association
http://ldaonline – Learning Disabilities
http://ncld.org – National Center for Learning Disabilities
http://www.ncsall.net/ – National Center for the Study of Adult Learning & Literacy
http://interdys.org/ - International Dyslexia Association
http://lincs.ed.gov/ – Literacy Information & Communication Center
http://literacyconnections.com/ – Information for tutoring adults, tips for first-time volunteers, provides activity ideas, suggest reading lists.
English Language Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/verbs – Skillwise – BBC
http://www.eslgold.com/for_st/strategies.html – English learning strategies
http://www.englishclub.com/ – Free online resources
http://www.stickyball.net – Resources for ELL tutors – grammar, phonics, dialogues, idioms, writing, etc.
http://www.rong-chang.com/ – Online ELL activities, games, etc.
http://www.english-grammar-lessons.com/ – Grammar lessons
http://www.teaching-esl-to-adults.com/ – Teaching ESL to adults
http://www.eslcafe.com/ – Dave’s ESL Café
http://www.literacynet.org/cnnsf/archives.html – CNN writing samples
http://www.manythings.org/ – Interesting things for ESL Students
http://a4esl.org/ – Activities for ELL students
http://www.merlot.org/merlot/materials.htm?catergory=2451 – Lesson Plans
http://www.esldepot.com/page.php?xPage=free-esl-activities-dictation.html – Info on dictation activities
http://www.rong-chang.com/eslread/eslread/dict/contents.htm – Online dictation activities
http://www.dailyesl.com/ – Conversation starters
http://iteslj.org/questions/ – Conversation starters
http://prosites-eslflow.homestead.com/icebreakersreal.html – Conversation starters
http://www.eslflow.com/pronunciationlessonplans.html – Conversation starters
http://ell-u.org/ – Professional Development Portal for ESL Teachers
http://www.cal.org/adultspeak/instruction/index.html - Center for Applied Linguistics – Developing Oral Proficiency for the Best Plus test
http://helenfraser.com.au/downloads/HF%20Handbook.pdf – Teaching Pronunciation
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/curriculum/languagearts/elementary/greatgrammaradv.pdf - Great Grammar Adventures
Reading & Writing
http://www.learningpt.org/pdfs/literacy/components.pdf - Reading Components
http://www.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/r/reading_bestpractices_phonics_explicit_systematic.pdf – Explicit Instruction & Phonics
http://www.project-read.com/ – Another volunteer tutoring agency’s tutoring manual, full of ideas
http://www.meadowscenter.org/vgc/downloads/primary/booklets/Essential_Strategies.pdf - Essential Strategies for the Struggling Reader
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Kindergarten_Literacy_Activities_66523_7.pdf – Literacy activities for low level readers
http://www.udel.edu/eli/2006P4L/ghada.pdf – Using games to teach vocabulary
http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-vocabulary-worksheets/ – Busy Teacher – worksheets
http://esl.fis.edu/vocab/index-e.htm – Vocabulary quizzes
http://www.stenhouse.com/assets/pdfs/0310guid.pdf – Comprehension Strategies
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/studentsuccess/thinkliteracy/files/ThinkLitEnglish10-12.pdf – Comprehension Strategies
http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/adult_ed_02.pdf – Research Based Principles For Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction
http://www.ncsall.net/fileadmin/resources/teach/uwriaa.pdf – Understanding What Reading is All About
http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/applyingresearch.pdf – Applying Research in Reading Instructions for Adults – Susan McShane
http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/upload/PRFbooklet.pdf – Putting Reading First
http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/teach_adults.pdf – A Summary of Scientifically-Based Research Principles – Teaching Adults to Read
http://www.naafoundation.org/docs/Foundation/nie_readfirst.pdf – Reading First Newspaper in Education – fantastic guide to activities that will support the 4 reading components in your students