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Lisa 5 We have had a flurry of activity at the Literacy Council this summer.  Tutor and assessor trainings, a Tutor Follow On Workshop, creation of our new logo, tri-fold brochure, and steady progress on our first-ever database has kept us all busy.

Our September tutor training dates have been finalized! If you or someone you know would like to become a literacy tutor, please contact me as soon as possible to reserve a seat.  Class size is limited to 20, and we are expecting each session to fill quickly.

Warmest regards,

Lisa Vernon   


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We will have two tutor training dates to choose from this Fall!  Both trainings will be held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.  Our training will familiarize you with the Laubach teaching materials we use, and will cover both basic literacy and ESL instruction.  We hope to match you with a student at the end of the training day.  There will be a required October 26 Tutor Follow-On Workshop 9:00 am-12:00 noon, also at Woods Memorial. 
Here are the training dates and the Follow-On Workshop information: 
September 14 Tutor Training 9:00-3:00 
September 28 Tutor Training 9:00-3:00 
Required October 26 Tutor Follow-On Workshop

Class size will be limited to 20 participants for each training.  If interested in either of these training dates, please email or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

Deborah & Nicole
Why We Do What We Do 

Deborah Ryan Johnson of Millersville has been a high school teacher, an elementary school principal and trained other teachers. Yet, she describes the student she tutors through the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, as the "single most highly motivated and hardest working person I've ever worked with in a teacher-student capacity."    


When asked about how he felt about his tutoring sessions, Deborah's student enthused, "I don't like it, I love it!" Her student is a man in his mid-30s who recently moved to the United States from Jamaica. His wife, along with staff at the local library and community center, helped him connect with the Literacy Council. He spoke with the Capital Gazette on the condition that he not be identified by name because he wanted to maintain privacy about his illiteracy.  
"I can tell you, it's beautiful!" the man said. "My tutor, she's good, very good. I want to get a high school diploma, a proper education for a good job. With education you can go where you want to go. I've got the chance to do it. I'm grabbing it with both hands and I'm never letting it go!"


Excerpts from "Literacy Council Expands in North County" By SUSAN SHILLENN, for the Capital Gazette | Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012



Deborah Johnson has been tutoring her student for 4 hours a week this past year.  He is making excellent progress in his studies, has advanced several reading levels, has obtained his learners permit, and is eager to start driving!  


"To me it is an image of people rising, helping themselves to achieve what they thought they might never achieve. It also speaks to the excitement that tutors feel when they are able to help their students reach their goals."  Jill York, Event Coordinator

Graphic art student Chanc Baylor has created our new AACLC logo! We love it and hope you do, too. A big thank you goes to Chanc Baylor, Mighel Jackson and Mike Busby for their important work on our new logo design, as well as to our dedicated Board members for their helpful input on this project throughout the summer.  
August, 2013 Assessors Training Class

Aug Assessors Class

Nineteen wonderful new assessors were trained on August 10th, 2013. A big thank you goes out to our trainers Phil Tawes, Judy Smallwood and Ellen Webster as well as to Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park for graciously hosting this training session. 

Tutor Corner

Breaking News English - Current topics with activities and answers
California Distance Learning Project - News stories on lots of topics, some with video
Visual Dictionary - Thousands of illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in six languages
Quizlet - Create your own study cards and flash cards; test yourself, play games with your words

Book Review

I just finished reading an outstanding book which I'm sure other Literacy Council members would also enjoy.  The book is a compelling story about how learning to read makes such a dramatic difference in a person's life. Here's my review; if you could pass it on to others, that would be great!  Tutor Monica Hawse

The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is about Ki Lim and Sang Ly and their sick baby who live at Stung Meanchey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living by scavenging recyclables from the trash. It has all of the elements of a good read: well-developed characters that you soon grow attached to, a fascinating story line, an education about a totally different and difficult way of life--and also focuses on love, mystery, and the power of hope. Cameron Wright is a wonderful storyteller; I loved his writing style. Although the book is a novel it is partly derived from Cameron's son's documentary of life in Stung Meanchey. A wonderful surprise awaits you at the end of the book, where there are photos of Ki Lim, Sang Ly, and baby Nisay, along with scenes of life at the dump. Somehow these photos made the novel even more meaningful. I strongly recommend reading The Rent Collector--you'll be glad you did.

Upcoming Events

AACLC  September Board
of Directors  Meeting
Sept. 11, 7-8:45PM 

Eastport United Methodist Church

Anne Arundel Cares Week
Friday, Sept. 6th through
Thursday, Sept. 12th

Three $2,500 challenge grants will be awarded to the nonprofits raising the most money during this week.

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