e-Literacy News
A Publication of Florida's Adult and Family Literacy Resource Center

Florida Literacy Coalition, Inc.                                                                                                                      Spring 2010
In This Issue
President Releases 2011 Proposed Budget - Includes Establishment of Workforce Innovation Fund 
Register Now for the Florida Literacy Conference
Vote Now for Portraits of Literacy
New County Health Rankings Give
Snapshot of Health in All 50 States 
Preparing Adult English Language Learners for the Workforce 
Seeking Promising Practices
 Staying Healthy Serves as Basis for New Video Module on Reading Medicine Labels
Donate Gadgets for Literacy
Funding Sources
The Charles M.  and Mary D. Grant Foundation
The Charles M. and Mary D. Grant Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations located or working in the Southeast region of the U.S.  Its areas of interest include community and economic development and education.  Grant proposals are currently being accepted until April 30, 2010.  Contact Ms. Casey Burgess with questions at casey.e.burgess@jpmchase.com.
Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program
These grants will provide federal funding to eligible organizations to promote the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.  Competitive grants will support the expansion of citizenship services in communities nationwide. Proposed activities must include a citizenship education component consisting of citizenship or civics-focused ESL instruction and citizenship instruction (U.S. history and government) to prepare LPRs for the civics, English reading, writing, and speaking components of the naturalization test.  For more information click here.  The application deadline for this grant is April 30, 2010. 

Literacy Resources

Microsoft Now Offering Digital Literacy Curriculum
Mircosoft is now offering a free curriculum for students consisting of five modules about digital literacy.  The modules are:
  1. Computer Basics
  2. The Internet and World Wide Web
  3. Productivity Programs
  4. Computer Security and Privacy
  5. Digital Lifestyles

Once completed, participants may take a test, and upon passing, receive a Digital Literacy Certificate.  This resource is offered free and an instructor section is available if you would like to implement it in a classroom setting.  To learn more, click here

Pumarosa.com Helps ESL Students Learn English
Pumarosa.com is a free, bilingual, phonetic and interactive ESL course for Spanish speaking adults.  The website can be used as an effective teacher's aide, especially in multi-level and multi-lingual classes.  It has also proven to be a practical transition to English-only classes.  The program is also available on CD-ROM, so it can be used without Internet connections.  The CD-ROM contains all of the content of the Pumarosa website and easy workbook printouts. 
Building Basics: ESOL Toolkit for General Construction, Landscaping, Painting and Plumbing
Designed and created by the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, Building Basics: ESOL Toolkit for General Construction, Landscaping, Painting and Plumbing directly incorporates vocabulary and knowledge specific to jobs related to the contracting business.  This is a good curriculum for construction related workplace literacy programs or for helping adult learners become more competitive in the building trades. 
Upcoming Events
Teaching ELL Listening Skills
Date: March 31
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Venue: Central Florida Community College (3001 SW College Rd., Rm. 208, Ocala, FL  34474)
Info.: This workshop will provide instructional strategies to assist adult English language learners (ELL) as they develop the listening skills needed by individuals to function successfully in today's society.
Trainer: Claire Valier, National Trainer/Consultant
To register click here
Implementing Adult ESOL Content Standards in the Classroom
Date: March 31
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Venue: Central Florida Community College (3001 SW College Rd., Rm. 208, Ocala, FL  34474)
Info.: This training will provide participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to implement the adult education standards in their local program. Register today!
Facilitating the Adult Learner
Date: April 1
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Venue: Central Florida Community College (3001 SW College Rd., Rm. 208, Ocala, FL  34474)
Info.: In order to facilitate learning for adults, it is important to understand who the adult learner is and how to enhance strategies to help the adult student achieve their goals.  Click here to register. 
National Library Week!
Dates: April 4-10
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.  It is a time to celebrate the contribution of our national libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. 
National Drop Everything and Read Day
Date: April 12
National Drop Everything and Read Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority.  On April 12th, families are asked to take at least 30 minutes to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together.
For Literacy Month activities, as well as all other upcoming events, visit the FLC calendar  
e-Literacy News is a publication of Florida's Adult and Family Literacy Resource Center, a program of the Florida Literacy Coalition.  It is made possible through the support of the Florida Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education.
Create Awareness About the 2010 Census
The Census, which is conducted every 10 years, is a count of everyone living in the U.S.  the data is used to determine Congressional seats and the annual distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funding to state and local governments.  It also determines plans for a variety of government services including schools, public transportation, roads and community improvements, public health services and senior centers. 

Florida's response rate for the 2000 Census was 63 percent, lower than the national average of 67 percent.  This means that accurate funding was not received because 37 percent of the population was not counted.

By mid-March, Census questionnaires will have reached homes across the state.  Many of these homes belong to adult learners,  their participation in the Census is vital to have Florida represented accurately.  Creating awareness on the he importance of completing the Census should be a priority.
President Releases 2011 Proposed Budget - Includes Establishment of Workforce Innovation Fund
In early February the President delivered the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Budget proposal to Congress, which included $612.3 million to fund adult basic and literacy education state grants.  This represents an increase of $30 million over the 2009 appropriation.  The FY 2010 appropriation of $628.2 million included a one-time increase to compensate states for errors in calculating formulated grant awards between fiscal years 2003 and 2008.  Because of this one year adjustment, a number of states, including Florida, are slated for a decreased allocation from FY2010 funding levels.

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Register Now for the Florida Literacy Conference
South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island
May 5-7
Don't wait!  Take advantage of pre-registration prices.  Conference registration deadline is April 20, 2010.  Register now
Tell your students about Adult Learner Day to be held on May 5, 2010.  For more information regarding this free program click here
With more than 70 sessions offered, there is something for everyone at the 2010 Florida Literacy Conference.  View a full list of sessions
Reserve your hotel room by April 14, 2010, to get the discount rate of $110 or $116.  Reservations can be made by calling the South Seas Island Resort at (888) 707-7888 or online at www.southseasisland.com under Group Reservations.  Enter the promotional code "ij7v85" in the group code box to receive our special group rate.  Make your online reservations before it's too late!
Are you having a difficult time finding resources to attend the Florida Literacy Conference?  A limited number of registration and travel scholarships are available to teachers, administrators and volunteers working in adult and family literacy programs.  Deadline: March 19, 2010. Apply for a conference scholarship now! 
Vote Now for Portraits of Literacy
The Portraits of Literacy photo contest semi-finals are upon us.  FLC received more than 150 photos from photographers throughout Florida and around the world.  Click here to view semi-finalist submissions and vote for up to five of your favorites before April 9.  Finalist photos will be displayed at the Florida Literacy Conference, May 5-7.  Conference participants will vote for the winning photo, which will be announced during the State Literacy Awards banquet May 6. 
New County Health Rankings Give Snapshot of Health in All 50 States

Diet, exercise and health care provider options are just a few of the critical components that determine how healthy counties rank in the U.S.
A new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's  Population Healthy Institute ranks every county in all 50 states using key factors including smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care providers, education levels air pollution and unemployment rates. 
In Florida for instance, Collier County ranked first in the state for health outcomes which determines how healthy people live and how long they live; however, the County ranked 11th in the state for health factors.  The health factors rating is established by health behaviors, clinical care, and socioeconomic and physical environmental factors. 
Preparing Adult English Language Learners for the Workforce
As the number of immigrants entering the workforce increases, English for the workplace is becoming a primary topic for adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.  Further driving this focus is the emphasis on and need for higher-level credentials and technology knowledge, trends that will continue to increase over the next decade.  Whether teaching ESL class, an ESL work-based class or an on-site workplace ESL class, teachers are being asked to teach more than the four skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Programs have to incorporate new skills being emphasized in a technology-based world including collaboration, or working in teams; self-evaluation; and upper-level cognitive skills such as resourcefulness, problem solving and decision making based on analysis of multiple sources. 
Seeking Promising Practices

Do you haev a great new program that is working well for you?  Have you developed a community partnership that you would be willing to share with others?  If so, we want to hear about it!
The FLC is seeking programs/projects to feature in the Promising Practices Section of the State Literacy Resource Center website. 
So brag on someone you know or honk your own horn!  Submit your Promising Practices online today.  Don't be shy - send us the practices that really work. 
Selected programs will:
  • Receive a Distinguished Literacy Program recognition plague
  • Be recognized on Promising Practices in the Literacy Education section of the FLC website
  • Be featured in Literacy News, FLC's statewide newsletter

Staying Healthy Serves as Basis for New Video Module on Reading Medicine Labels
Healthy Roads Media recently developed a new video module based on the Medicines chapter in FLC's Staying Healthy curriculum.

Established in 2002 with a grant from the National Library of Medicine, Healthy Roads Media provides free multi-media healthy education materials in a number of languages and a variety of formats.  You can watch the educational video on medicine labels here

Donate Gadgets for Literacy!
Have an unwanted cell phone, calculator, mp3 player or other gadgets lying around collecting dust?  If so, recycle them and support the Florida Literacy Coalition at the same time!  Bring the devices with you to the Florida Literacy Conference or click here to mail them into the recycle center free of charge. 

A special thanks to Debra Hargrove and the Florida TechNet team for making this fundraiser possible. 

America's Most Literate Cities
Florida Cities Rank in the Middle of the Pack
Every year Central Connecticut State University releases a list of the most literate cities in the U.S.  The 2009 list was just released.  The top three literate cities included Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis.
Out of 75 cities listed, three are in Florida: Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville.  Tampa, tied with Tulsa, OK, ranked 20; Miami, tied with San Diego, ranked  33; and Jacksonville ranked 55.  Miami and Jacksonville have fallen in rank the past 2 years; however, Tampa has moved up from 29, in 2008, to 20 on the 2009 list.
Former Governor Jeb Bush Celebrates a Decade of Reading and Family Literacy Success Stories 
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush kicked-off his 10th Annual Celebration of Reading event on Feb. 12, in Bonita Springs.
"Its hard to believe that ten years ago I launched the Florida Family Literacy Initiative to provide moms, dads and their young children a place where they could learn together; a place where they could get a second chance for a better life," said Bush at the event.
Featured at this year's event were former President George H.W. and Barbara Bush, as well as best-selling authors who donated their talents to the family literacy fundraising efforts. 
Longitudinal Study Links Low Adult Literacy to Early Language Problems
In the March 2010 issue of Pediatrics, UK researchers published results from a study that found children with limited vocabulary at age 5 are more likely to have poor literacy skills as adults.
More than 11,000 adults, currently age 34, have been studied by the team since 1970.  According to the report, 30 percent of the group demonstrates a "poor grasp" of reading and writing skills. While this number seems daunting, the researchers wanted to stress that more than two thirds of those with significant language problems progressed to develop competent literacy skills during adulthood. 

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