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e-Literacy News

A Publication of Florida's Adult and Family

Literacy Resource Center

In this issue

Bill Improves Adult Education and Workforce Development

Wells Fargo Provides Financial Literacy Grants


New Florida Law Makes Education More Affordable


Florida Health Grants Announced


2014 Adult Learner Essay Book: Milestones


Florida Literacy Conference Celebrates 30th Anniversary


Correctional Education Reduces Recidivism


FLC Staff Update

Upcoming Events

Evidence-Based Writing Instruction in the ESL Classroom

July 8 - August 4, Online



This CALPRO course helps participants improve their writing instruction for ESL students who are at the intermediate and advanced levels by applying research-based instructional techniques and protocols for analyzing students' work. It provides guided instructional plans. This course runs for four consecutive weeks.



Register here


Using Questioning Strategies to Improve Instruction

July 14 - August 10, Online



This CALPRO course offers questioning strategies that foster higher-order thinking skills while developing responses beyond the level of recall. Help students connect the dots as they process new information to answer questions designed with a purpose. This course runs for four consecutive weeks.



Register here



Getting Started with Grants: Make Your Requests Shine
July 15, Online



Join Network for Good for this webinar workshop on what it takes to prepare compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Presenter Cynthia Adams will walk through exactly what documents you'll need as well as how to polish and present these documents for a successful grant request.



Register here



ACE of Florida 2014 Conference
October 5-8, Orlando



This year's information-packed ACE Conference will be held at the Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando.



Visit ACE of Florida for more information on this event.



National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference October 12-14, Orlando



The 2014 NCPN Conference, to be held at Walt Disney World Resort's Buena Vista Palace, will feature 150+ breakout sessions, a variety of pre-conference workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and services related to career pathways.



Visit NCPN's website for more information.

Literacy Resources

Integrating Career Awareness Curriculum

The Integrating Career Awareness in the ABE & ESOL Classroom curriculum is a ready-to-use, flexible curriculum that prepares adult educators to incorporate career awareness and planning into their instructional and counseling activities. The lessons and handouts can be adapted for a range of students and skill levels.



Download this curriculum provided by the National College Transition Network.



Breaking News English
Breaking News English provides free, ready-to-use ESL lessons based on recent news stories. Each story is offered at multiple language levels to suit the needs of students with varied English language skills and backgrounds.



Visit BNE to view stories and lesson plans.

Funding Sources

TJX Foundation

The TJX Foundation provides grants in various award ranges in support of non-profit organizations. Education, including ABE, ESOL, GED preparedness, and career readiness, is one of their funding areas.



Applications are reviewed three times per year.



Upcoming deadline: July 7, 2014



Visit the TJX Foundationfor more information.


Wish You Well Foundation

The Wish You Well Foundation supports family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.



Applications are reviewed four times per year.



Visit their website for more information.

Bipartisan Bill Announced to Improve American Adult Education and Workforce Development Systems



A group of eight Senate and House leaders have been working together for months to craft the "bi-cameral, bipartisan" Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that was introduced as a total replacement for WIA in late May. The legislation, which is now working its way through both chambers, could be voted on within the next few weeks.


Elements of the bill address adult education and literacy issues by emphasizing career pathways and improving coordination among programs, among other measures.




Financial Literacy Grants Made Available through the Support of Wells Fargo


Did you know that many adults in the U.S. could benefit from some form of financial education? That’s why the Florida Literacy Coalition, through the generous support of Wells Fargo, is pleased to announce the Florida Financial Literacy Initiative for adult and family literacy programs. This initiative will support mini-grants of up to $5,000 to programs across Florida who are integrating financial literacy into their curricula.





New Florida Law Eliminates Documentation Requirement and Makes Education More Affordable



Signed by Governor Rick Scott on June 9th, 2014, House Bill 851 ushers in significant changes to tuition costs in the State of Florida. Changes of particular note that the bill has brought include:

  • The elimination of increased tuition for non-residents enrolled in adult education classes;
  • In-state tuition eligibility for non-residents who complete their high school educations in Florida;
  • And limits to annual tuition increases among Florida postsecondary institutions.


Health Literacy Grant Recipients Announced



Seventeen Florida adult ESOL and family literacy programs were recently awarded one-year grants of up to $5,000 to support the development of local health literacy programs. Grants were presented at the 2013 Florida Literacy Conference in Captiva, FL.



This FLC initiative, which is now entering its sixth year, combines ESOL instruction and health education in a multi-disciplinary approach that teaches English to adults and families while helping these individuals acquire skills and knowledge to make informed choices regarding their health and nutrition. Since 2009, Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation have contributed $580,000 to support this award-winning program which has provided health literacy instruction and services to more than 10,000 participants.




2014 Adult Learner Essay Book:Milestones



The Florida Literacy Coalition is pleased to announce the availability of the eighth annual adult learner essay essay book, Milestones. The new book features essays submitted by authors from throughout the state of Florida and was unveiled during the 2014 Florida Literacy Conference in Daytona Beach. Congratulations to the writers, teachers, and programs with essays selected for this year’s publication.



Special thanks to the editing staff, FLC Adult Learner Committee, and the student authors who read their essays during the conference.



The electronic version of Milestones is available to download online at the FLC Adult Learner Book page.



This book was made possible through the generous support of the Florida Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education.

Florida Literacy Conference Celebrates 30th Anniversary



This was a special year for the Florida Literacy Conference, as we celebrated the event’s 30th anniversary in Daytona Beach last month. Attended by over 475 participants, the three-day conference provided more than 70 professional development sessions for adult literacy tutors, teachers, and program administrators across the state.



Study Finds Correctional Education Effective at Reducing Recidivism and Increasing Employment



A comprehensive study performed by the RAND Corporation found that correctional education initiatives are effective at reducing recidivism and increasing employment. The study, funded by the Department of Justice, additionally found that the costs associated with educating inmates are significantly lower than the costs associated with recidivism, with the reduced rates of reincarceration among inmates who receive education in prison amounting to $4 in savings for every $1 spent on education.



FLC Staff Update



The Florida Literacy Coalition bids farewell to Jessica Ward, who has accepted a position as Assistant Director of Operations at a charter school in Phoenix, Arizona. Good luck, Jessica!



We are pleased to welcome Kristine Babbish to the team. Kristine has come aboard as the new Resource Specialist and AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Coordinator. Kristine graduated from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with a B.A. in Languages. Previously, she has worked in youth correctional education, English as a Foreign Language instruction, and as a volunteer coordinator with AmeriCorps*VISTA. She is very passionate about education, with a special interest in language, culture, and geography. In her free time, she likes to read, cook, and enjoy the outdoors.


Literacy Initiative



Would your program benefit from a full-time addition to your team dedicated to expanding program capacity and coordinating new sustainable initiatives?

If so, Florida's AmeriCorps*VISTA Literacy Initiative may provide a good opportunity for you.
Areas of focus include:

  • ABE and Adult Literacy
  • College and Career Pathways
  • Financial Literacy
  • Health Literacy

For more information on how to become a VISTA site, contact Kristine Babbish at 407-246-7110, ext. 202, or




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.