July 2016

Tutor education & events
Registration is now required. Please click here to register for all opportunities.

Starting in July, we will be offering one-on-one professional development instead of strategy sessions. We will be contacting you in the coming months to arrange a time to meet with you. Please email Nancy or Cydne if you'd like to be in the first round. 

Coming soon...

7 Keys to Comprehension
 book club
This study group will meet for 4 sessions to learn about reading comprehension strategies and how to model them for your students.
Using the book 7 Keys to Comprehension by Susan Zimmermann, we will explore how proficient readers comprehend texts. 

Copies of the book are available in the Literacy Connects library. Please register through the link.

9:30 - 11:00 am 
1st four Fridays in July.

Refresher Training
There is always more to learn after some time spent with your student! Join us for all or part of the training in September to refresh your knowledge and get some great new ideas.

Evening/weekend session; Starts September 14

Click here for the Tutor Education page of the website.
DACA Clinic
ScholarshipsA-Z will be holding a clinic to assist DACA (deferred action) applicants with renewal and initial applications. Attorneys will be present to answer questions.

Thursday, July 7
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Literacy Connects 
North Classroom

Click here for flyer in English or flyer in Spanish that you can print and share.

"Travel changes you. As you move through life and this world, you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life -- and travel -- leaves marks on you."
--Anthony Bourdain

We just got back from a huge road trip. It was somewhere around 3200 miles of driving ... but it still wasn't realy enough.

In those 10 days we hugged redwoods and searched for sea glass and ate fresh cherries from a farm stand. We skipped stones in a river and examined tide pools. We learned the Boudin
 bakery is still using the same sourdough starter from its beginning in 1849. We learned that the tallest trees have the smallest pine cones and that there are no indigenous fish in Crater Lake. I learned that desert kids are unprepared to encounter snow drifts in June and are also magnetically drawn to them. And we learned that there are numerous markets in Chinatown selling dried things of all shapes and sizes.
We know more now about our world and have explored some of its beauty. We met some cool people -- three
British and Australian couples in San Francisco, lamenting the disgusting American iced coffees they had purchased; and the ladies in the gift shop at the Japanese gardens who taught my youngest child terms for sushi. We ate in more restaurants with translated menus than ever before --Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Indian. New flavors and smells and textures...some scary and some delightful.
And we are changed. I'm sure this trip has left marks beyond the scars on my ankle from sliding down a rock while tide pooling. I'm curious to see what marks will remain with my kids. What will they remember most? What will they want to know more about? What did they learn that they will use later? What new questions will drive them to the library? How will their journeys continue through the books or websites or magazines they explore? And how can I support them in these explorations?

How do these questions help you think about your learners and the journeys they want to take? How do you support their curiosity through rich travels through texts?
The exploration continues. Learning sparks more learning. Enjoy your travels.

~ Edie
Director, Basic Literacy Programs
(520) 882-8006 x 203
New Security Protocol
Due to recent incidences on campus, and for the protection and safety of all our volunteers, students, and staff, we've implemented new security procedures.
  • Everyone who comes on campus needs to sign in at the front desk each day. Students will also pick up a lanyard to wear while they are here.
  • All tutors must wear lanyards when they're on campus. Temporary lanyards are available if you forget your own. 
  • Please positively reinforce these new protocols with your students. Let us know if students need support or accommodations with the new process.
Thank you for helping us keep a safe space for learning. Please contact Cydne at if you have any concerns.
Seeking Amazing AmeriCorps Volunteers!
Interested in making a difference in the life of a child or adult? Work with one of our great programs!
Visit our website for details on these four AmeriCorps positions:
  • Infusion Project Site Coordinator (0.5 FTE - 900 service hours)
  • Reach Out and Read of Southern Arizona (RORSA) Assistant Program Coordinator (0.5 FTE - 900 service hours)
  • Reading Seed Coach/Peer Mentor (300 service hours)
All job descriptions are available on our website.
Affiliate of ProLiteracy