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THE GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN

Adult learners from the Dunedin Elementary School ESL Conversation Class participated in the Great American Teach-In on November 14.  The learners were parents of students at the school, and they and their teachers read bilingual books in English and Spanish to kindergarten students at the school.

USCIS TRAINING FOR LCUP VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers from the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas attended a training seminar for adult educators, directors, volunteers, and representatives from immigrant-serving organizations.  The seminar was offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on September 13, 2018, in Tampa.

Instruction was designed to enhance the skills needed to teach U.S. history, civics, and the naturalization process to immigrant students and to administer a comprehensive adult citizenship education program.

Standing, from left: Sandra Reyes, Daise Castillo, Claudia Gonzalez, Vicky Obando, Gaye Staskiel, Pat Bauer; Seated: Eileen Smith, John Troesser

Back to School Event and Health Fair at North Greenwood Community Center

Soha Awad,  LCUP tutor (on the right in picture below), greeted students and parents at North Greenwood Community Center’s Back to School Event and Health Fair.  She had big mouth cat and shark pictures to color and crayons to send home. 

Several volunteers attended the event on August 4 to talk about ESL classes offered by the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas. We now have 14 English classes at 9 locations and individual tutors.  Therefore, more volunteers are always needed.

 

Tutor Training Books

The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas recently received a $1,175 grant from the ProLiteracy National Book Fund.  The National Book Fund makes grants for educational materials for adult literacy and adult basic education programs.  These programs help teach adults to read.Literacy tutors have new books

The grant was used to purchase 50 Tutor books published by New Readers Press.  Tutor offers step-by-step instructions for working with basic literacy adult learners in one-to-one, small group, or classroom settings.  These books will be given to all new LCUP volunteers during fall and spring tutor training sessions.