e-Literacy News

A Publication of Florida's Adult and Family

Literacy Resource Center

Florida Literacy Coalition, Inc.                                                                                      Winter 2015

In this issue

Upcoming Events

WEBINAR: A Writing Toolbox: The "Write" Stuff for ESOL Learners

In this Webinar we'll explore tools that help all our ESOL learners develop the pre-writing, drafting, and revising skills so critical to successful writing. We'll also pay special attention to the role of the instructor's feedback and provide tips to make the feedback process more manageable.

Presenter: Jayme Adelson-Goldstein

Date: January 14, 2015

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Offered by: Florida Literacy Coalition


Math GED® Content & Strategies Training (with Calculator Exercises)

Polk County - This 6-hour training is designed to provide Adult Education GED teachers with content review and instructional resources aligned to 2014-2015 GED Curriculum Frameworks.

Date: January 16, 2015
Offered by: IPDAE


Adult Education Career Pathways Institute (AECP)

This AECP Institute will showcase programs that will help state and local programs meet the new requirements in WIOA concerning career pathways.

Date:  January 28, 2015

Offered by: IPDAE 


Tutor/Teacher Symposium

This free regional symposium will provide hands-on, multi-sensory teaching techniques. Topics covered will include: Teaching conversational English, Teaching spelling and composition skills, Authentic & visual materials for GED and Pre-GED Preparation.

Presenters: Glenda Norvell, Sandy Newell

Date: January 31, 2015

Collins Main Library, Tallahassee

Offered by: Florida Literacy Coalition

Literacy Resources

From Coverage to Care:  A great resource to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services. The 11-part Roadmap video series, provided in both English and Spanish, is aimed at helping people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. 


What Immigrants and Refugees Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act:  This resource provides general information on what the Affordable Care Act is and answers three important questions that immigrants and refugees need to know in regards to health insurance: Why do you need coverage, Are you eligible for coverage, and How do you enroll.


Learn About the U.S. Quick Civics Lessons

USCIS study booklet containing short lessons based on each of the 100 civics questions and answers on the U.S. naturalization test.


Funding Sources

Dollar General Adult and Family Literacy Grants


The Dollar General Literacy Foundation's grant programs help improve the lives of people of all ages in many different communities. Adult Literacy Grants award funding to nonprofit organizations that provide direct service to adults in need of literacy assistance. Family Literacy Grants provide funding to family literacy service providers. The Foundation uses the federal government's definition of family literacy when reviewing grant applications.

Applications will be available in January 2015 


PNC Foundation


This foundation grants awards to nonprofit organizations that primarily focus on: Education programs, particularly early education initiatives serving low-and moderate-income children, Economic development, and Arts and culture. Eligible Counties: Brevard, Broward, Flagler, Indian River, Martin Miami-Dade, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Volusia.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


Performance Partnership Pilot Grants, US Dept of Education, OCTAE


Funding opportunity for up to ten pilot sites to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in education, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth. Deadline: March 4, 2015



2015 Florida Literacy Conference!

April 29th-May 1st

Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Florida


Registration for both attendees and exhibitors is now open!

Click here to register as an attendee

Click here to learn more about becoming an exhibitor.

Make your hotel reservation online today!



Call For Session Proposals

Deadline Extension:  January 20, 2015

Don't miss this opportunity to share your ideas and promising practices with your fellow adult education, literacy, and family literacy practitioners from across the state. Submit a proposal for your conference session today! Click here to submit your proposal.



Florida Literacy Awards

Recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations making a difference in adult education and literacy. Submit your nomination by February 16. 



Keynote Speaker, Craig Boykin   

From GED to Ph.D         

As a speaker, author and community activist, Craig Boykin has devoted his life to creating lasting change for those who desire it.  Craig has endured numerous hardships in life which have contributed to his passion to help others with humility and candor. He now tours the county sharing his remarkable story and insights on how to teach, inspire and channel people to new levels of achievement.

2015 Grant Opportunity- Florida Health Literacy Initiative


Did you know that millions of Americans can't comprehend basic health information?  Limited English proficient adults and individuals who have basic or below basic literacy skills are especially at risk.    If you have seen your students struggle with such challenges and want to be a part of the solution, now is your opportunity to do just that!


The Florida Blue Foundation and FLC are pleased to announce that eighteen grants will be made available in 2015 to support health literacy!   This initiative provides mini-grants of up to $5,000 to local adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and family literacy programs who wish to combine health literacy into their programs. 




Study Shows that ESL Programs Can be Effective Partners to Advance Health Literacy in Immigrant Communities


A recent study in the Journal of Health Communications, entitled "ESL Participation as a Mechanism for Advancing Health Literacy in Immigrant Communities", discusses the use of the adult ESL system as an untapped resource to address health literacy disparities. The study was conducted as part of a four year project led by the California Diabetes Program called "The ESL Diabetes Prevention Project"(2008-2012). This program was created to address the growing epidemic of diabetes amongst immigrant populations in California. 


The research study lends insight into the active role that adult ESL teachers played  in the development of health literacy practices amongst California ESL learners in regards to diabetes.  The social view of literacy, employed by the study, builds on the ideology that language and literacy are "inherently social outcomes", whose rules and practice are shaped by social contexts and customs and only evolve when individuals interact with others. 



Essays Wanted!

11th Annual Adult Learner Essay Book


Students throughout Florida are invited to submit original short stories, poems, or autobiographical narratives to be included in a published book that will debut at the 2015 Florida Literacy Conference.


Teachers and tutors have found this publication to be an excellent way to promote writing and critical thinking skills, while getting their students excited about sharing their stories and becoming published authors.  Adult education and literacy organizations have used the book as a way to promote how their programs are making a difference where it counts. Each author who is included will be invited to the Florida Literacy Conference Annual Meeting and, along with their programs, will receive a complimentary hard copy of the book.


FLC welcomes essays from current or recent students enrolled in adult basic education, GED, adult literacy or family literacy programs located in Florida. Please limit to one submission per adult learner.

For more information, and to submit an essay, visit www.floridaliteracy.org/essaybookinfo.html.


This year's essay book is made possible through the generous support of the Florida Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education. 


Policy Update:

Congress Increases Funding for Adult Education and Literacy


Congress recently passed, and the President signed, the FY 2015 omnibus appropriations bill that provides funding for most federal government functions until September 30, 2015. The bill includes $568.9 million for Adult Education state grants, an increase of $5 million over last year. It also includes $13.7 million in National Leadership funds, the same as last year's level. The Obama Administration's $20 million request to establish new competitive Skills Challenge Grants was not funded. 


The Senate Appropriations Committee summary of the bill included the following explanation: "Thirty-six million adults lack basic literacy and numeracy skills and are not well-positioned to compete for living wage jobs increase positioned to compete for living wage jobs economy. The increase in funding above the fiscal year 2014 level helps to address this persistent challenge."



Training Materials for Community
Based Organizations


It's a pleasure to share with you the availability of Tutor Training Material Grants again this year.  As you may know, this initiative provides Florida's community-based adult and family literacy organizations with access to trainers and workshop materials to support the training of volunteer tutors.


This project is made possible through the generous support of The Florida Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education and ProLiteracy's National Book Fund. We look forward to working with you in the coming year. 


Click here for more information on how to apply


Staff Update


The Florida Literacy Coalition is happy to welcome Jennifer Young as our new Health and Financial Literacy Coordinator, Sonya Young as our new Bookkeeper, Emma Zaenglein as our Event Management Intern, and Nicole Caban as our new AmeriCorps VISTA member.  To learn more about our staff, please visit http://floridaliteracy.org/about_us_staff.html


The Florida Literacy Coalition wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season! We look forward to working with you in 2015!

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