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In This Issue
Funding Opportunities
Governor Crist Issues Literacy Month Proclamation
Effective Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
Teresa Bestor Named to U.S. DOE Position
Literacy Ambassador Training
National Commission on Adult Literacy Releases Report
Florida Literacy Conference News
New Staying Healthy Curriculum
Report Shows Increase in GED Testing
Free Online In-Service on Multiple Intelligences
Upcoming Events

In recognition of Literacy Month (September) and Literacy Day September 8th, organizations across the state will be hosting various events:

Eighth Annual Literacy Fair
When: September 6, 2008
Where: Orange Park Mall; Orange Park, FL
For more information, contact Phyllis Weston at 904-215-0249.

Family Literacy Fair
When: September 6, 2008
Where: Miami Dade Public Library Main Library; Miami, FL 
For more information, contact J. Abigail Myeress at 305-375-5323. 

Literacy Fair and Open House
When: September 6, 2008 
9am - 1pm
Where: Learn to Read (LTR) Jacksonville; Jacksonville, FL 
For more information, contact Learn to Read Jacksonville at 904-399-8894. 

2008 ACE Conference
When: September 22-25, 2008
Where: Hyatt Regency Bonaventure; 250 Racket Club Rd. Westin-Ft. Lauderdale, FL
For more information.
Click here to go to website.  

2008 Proliteracy Worldwide Annual Conference
When: October 1-4, 2008
Where: Peabody Little Rock Little Rock, AR
For more information
Click here to go to website.

Free ESOL Tutor Training
When: September 26 & 27, 2008 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church; 730 S. Florida Ave Lakeland, FL
Trainer: Roberta Reiss
For more information contact Yari Payne at 407-246-7110 X 203 or payney@floridaliteracy.org.

Multiple Intelligences and the ESOL Learner Webinar
When: October 9, 2008 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fee: Free.
For more information
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Volunteer Literacy Tutor Symposium
When: October 11, 2008
10 am - 5 pm
Where: USF-St. Petersburg Campus
For more information, contact the Literacy Council of St. Petersburg at 727-521-1117. 

Continuing Tutor Education
When: October 16, 2008           11:30 am - 1 pm
Where: 345 West Michigan Street, Suite 100 Orlando, FL 32806 
For more information, contact Natasha Rogers at 407-422-1540 or via email at nrogers@adultliteracyleague.org.
Funding Opportunities  

Looking for an easy way to raise funds online?

Giftberry May be the Answer

Giftberry 2.0 is an online giving portal that can make fundraising easy. After setting up an organization profile, Giftberry offers easy to use portals providing users the ability to set up online auctions, publish wish lists, manage fundraising contacts and more. Basic membership is free.

For more information, visit www.giftberry.com.

Special thanks to the Florida Department of Education, Division of Workforce Education for helping to make this publication possible.
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Governor Crist Issues
Literacy Month Proclamation

Governor Crist recently issued a proclamation recognizing September 2008 as Florida Adult and Family Literacy Month.
In the proclamation, Governor Crist emphasizes the need for highly literate citizens and the importance of literacy and lifelong learning. Recognizing the broad range of adult and family literacy service providers throughout our state, Governor Crist encourages Floridians to come together to promote literacy in their communities. 

Download Proclamation

State Parks Celebrate Literacy Month
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida State Parks will celebrate the Second Annual Literacy Month in September. In celebration of International Literacy Day on September 8 and National Library Card Sign Up Month, entrance to Florida's 161 state parks will be free the week of September 7 through September 13. Visitor admittance will be granted by showing a library card, library book, or by donating a new/gently used book that is appropriate for families.

Click here to read more
New Resource!
Effective Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers; An Adult Literacy Perspective

Talented and committed volunteers are the backbone to Florida's volunteer-based literacy sector.
FLC has developed a white paper which explores trends, challenges and promising practices with regard to successfully recruiting and supporting volunteers. Drawing on data and expertise from volunteer service professionals from inside and outside the field of literacy, this paper seeks to inform the good work of literacy programs by sharing information and resources regarding what works here in Florida and throughout the country.
Supported through a grant from the Florida Department of Education.
Click here to view publication
Teresa Bestor Named to Position at the U.S. Department of Education

Florida's Teresa Bestor has been named the new area coordinator for the northeastern states by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).

Teresa served for 19 years at the Florida Department of Education, most recently as Florida's Director of Adult Programs and GED. 

Her dedication, leadership skills, and commitment to quality programming, served us well here in Florida. We have every confidence that she will be a tremendous contributor to the national leadership team at OVAE.
Literacy Ambassador Training Program
Student Voices Making a Difference

November 7th and 8th at the West Palm Beach Crowne Plaza
Do you know an adult learner with an interesting story to share?
This dynamic workshop prepares adult learners to become effective advocates and spokespeople for their organizations and adult literacy in general. 
Click here to read more and register
National Commission on Adult Literacy Releases Report: Reach Higher, America

The National Commission on Adult Literacy recently released  Reach Higher, America: Overcoming Crisis in the U.S. Workforce, the final in a series of studies about adult education and literacy in the U.S.

The blue ribbon commission's members included a prestigious list of business, education and public policy leaders including a former Governor and Secretary of Labor.  

Click here to read more
Florida Literacy Conference News
Belleview Biltmore Resort Clearwater, FL.
May 6-8, 2009

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Help Plan the 2009 Florida Literacy Conference

FLC is looking for volunteers to serve on it's 2009 Conference Planning Committee. This is a great way to meet other practitioners and help set the direction for your Florida Literacy Conference.
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Florida Literacy Conference 2009
Call for Presenters!

Do you have a something to share with Florida's literacy practitioners? We are now accepting proposals for workshop presentations and invite you to take this opportunity to share your knowledge and showcase your programs.

Click here to access the form and share your proposal

Early birds be on the look out for registration to begin early November. Registrations fees are now listed at www.floridaliteracy.org
New Resource!
Staying Healthy: An English Learner's Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living
Staying HealthyThe Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) has developed a new health literacy curriculum and corresponding student resource book which integrates health literacy and ESOL instruction. Staying Healthy: An English Learner's Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living focuses on increasing health literacy awareness among ESOL students and encourages them to make healthy choices in relation to nutrition, preventative health care and other health related issues.

Click here to read more

GED Testing Sees Its Highest Test Taker Increase in Seven Years

Florida Ranks Among Top 5 States in Percentage Gains

The GED Testing Service recently announced that the number of adults who took the GED Tests in 2007 rose to nearly 729,000, and almost a half million adults passed the test battery during the same period. According to the 2007 GEDŽ Testing Program Statistical Report, this is the highest annual number of adults who have tested and the highest number who passed the test battery since 2001.

Click here to read more
Free Online Tutor/Teacher In-Service
Multiple Intelligences and the ESOL Learner

Join the Florida Literacy Coalition as we offer the first in a series of online trainings aimed at helping tutors. Catherine Rifkin, a professor for ESOL at Florida Community College in Jacksonville, will lead a discussion titled "Multiple Intelligences and the ESOL Learner". Tutors will be able to participant from home via a telephone and access to the internet on October 9th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm..
For complete description of workshop click here.