Connecting the Dots: Parental Involvement in Children’s Education Starts with Adult Literacy

January 31, 2014 at 12:07 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Jay Mathews writes about reaching students through their parents to achieve academic success in this week’s Washington Post; http://wapo.st/1nr4IT9.

Mathews states that “the most promising initiatives have educators visiting parents at their homes”  and also refers to the success of a New Jersey educator who pulls out his cell phone and calls the father of a disruptive student as the bad behavior occurs.  This article is just one more call for increased parent involvement as a hugely important part of student success. 

This is not the first time we have heard about the importance of parent engagement as a predictor of a child’s success in school.  One of the challenges we see in the Northern Virginia region is lack of parent engagement due to a lack of English language skills. So much of the school/parent connection: parent teacher conferences, PTA involvement, and of course, parental access of the technology that is supposed to aid in all of this, (email and Blackboard or other online posting of homework or test dates), is just not an option for the English illiterate parent.

When will our society connect the dots about how English language literacy of parents has such a profound effect on kids, and their potential?  In this current academic year, 54% of Fairfax County Public School kindergarten parents are deemed language minority.  Wouldn’t supporting English language and literacy education for these kindergarten parents help their children succeed in the important school years ahead? I think Jay Mathews and all the studies that advocate increased parent involvement as a tool for academic success would agree that the impact of increased English literacy of parents would be a significant positive step for kids.

Anne Spears_photo5_smallAnne Spear, LCNV tutor, tutor trainer
and board member
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

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Mark Your Calendars: LCNV’s 8th Annual Reading: A Family Affair

January 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM | Posted in Family Learning, RAFA | Leave a comment
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The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will host its 8th Annual Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA) on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the James Lee Community Center. A suggested donation of $5 per family at the door will benefit LCNV’s Student Scholarship Fund.

Come to Reading: A Family Affair, and enjoy a spell-binding day filled with stories,dance, songs, puppets and even a bit of magic as created by nine local performing artists and WETA Kids’ Clifford the Big Red Dog! Download the RAFA Poster, and share it with your friends and colleagues to help spread the word about this great family event!  Volunteers are needed too!  Express your interest and expedite your placement process.

NEW! Pre-register to attend RAFA and you’ll be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a Nook® HD.

Reading: A Family Affair 2014

Reading: A Family Affair 2014

 

Tonight’s LCNV In-service is Canceled

January 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tonight’s LCNV In-service, Teaching English with Technology, has been canceled.

Please contact Katie Beckman-Gotrich, Programs and Training Administrator, at kbeckman@lcnv.org  or 703-237-0866,  if you would be interested in having LCNV reschedule this workshop at a later date for your participation, or have any suggestions for future in-service training that would be beneficial to your instruction.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

All LCNV Canceled Class Registrations Have Been Rescheduled

January 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Know anyone who needs English classes? Let them know that any LCNV classroom registration that was canceled due to inclement weather has been rescheduled. Find the updated English class registration Spring 2014 schedule at: http://bit.ly/1dYuer7.

Please call 703-237-0866 or email info@lcnv.org for more information.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

A New Year Means New Ways to Get Involved with LCNV

January 23, 2014 at 10:56 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Kitty Porterfield, Board President (left) and Patti Donnelly, Executive Director (right)

It always happens in January.  I am still putting away the last of the Christmas ornaments, when I suddenly realize that the new year is well underway.  For LCNV, 2014 promises to be a year full of new challenges and new energy.

LCNV staff, fresh from the holidays, are charging ahead. Your board of directors is holding its annual retreat this month to look at plans for the coming year with an eye to finding ways to get the news out to wider and wider audiences. (We are a well-kept secret.)

It’s not too late to get aboard. 

  • Did you miss the holiday giving drive?  You can still send a check or donate online to support the program—and get a head start on your 2015 giving.
  • Thinking about tutoring?  Last year we had over 1200 volunteers working with us.  Give the volunteer office a call now. (http://www.lcnv.org/volunteer )
  • Want to have a “book adventure” with your family?  Make a date for RAFA, a day of fun, food, and stories, on March 1.  (Details at http://www.lcnv.org/events/rafa )

Come join us.  Make some new friends.  Don’t let the new year get away from you.

Kitty Porterfield, Board President
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

All LCNV Class Registrations Are Canceled Today / LCNV Offices Open at Noon Today

January 22, 2014 at 8:26 AM | Posted in Calendar, Class, Staff, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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All LCNV class registrations are canceled today and the LCNV offices are delayed opening until Noon due to inclement weather.  To see the Spring 2014 classroom registration schedule for alternate registration dates, visit our website. Students may register at any convenient registration site for all LCNV English class locations. Please call 703-237-0866 or email info@lcnv.org for more information.  Stay warm and safe!

All LCNV Class Registrations Are Canceled and the Offices Closed Today (Jan. 21, 2014) Due to Inclement Weather

January 21, 2014 at 8:24 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
All LCNV class registrations are canceled and the offices are closed today, Jan. 21, 2014, due to inclement weather.  To see the Spring 2014 classroom registration schedule for alternate registration dates, visit our website. Students may register at any convenient registration site for all LCNV English class locations. Please call 703-237-0866 or email info@lcnv.org for more information.
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

In the Community: American University Pronunciation Workshop

January 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Photo courtesy of American University, Pronunciation Workshop

American University Spring 2014 Pronunciation Workshopmore info

Learn more about the sounds you’re actually making when you speak. Experience and try out ways to improve your students’ intonation, stress, and rhythm in addition to their consonants and vowels. Chat with working professionals, grad students, and others in the field.

Dates: 9am-2pm on Saturday, January 25, 2014

Cost: $20 if check is received by January 17. Otherwise, $25

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 20, 2014

To get an idea of what’s covered, check out this for the PowerPoint from the 2012 workshop. 

Xavier Mũnoz, AmeriCorps Classroom Instructor
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

For Instructors: Learning English with Technology In-service

January 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM | Posted in Training, Tutoring, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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IMG_5373Do you have questions about using technology with students?  People say you can find anything and everything on the internet, but where do you start? If you feel overwhelmed, take some tips from LCNV instructors, Laurie Hayden and Alexandra Roncal. They will guide you through over a dozen websites and apps to help your students practice English skills. Using free or free versions of resources, they will cover grammar, oral reading, reading comprehension, speaking/pronunciation, and listening skills. Volunteers with basic working knowledge of computers and internet browsing are invited to bring laptops, tablets, or smartphones to practice exploring and bookmarking/downloading these exciting resources.

To whet your appetite and see an example of the fun ways to practice English with your student, check out duolingo.com! This is free!

Location:
James Lee Community Center
2855 Annandale Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22042

When:
Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6:30-8:30PM

Registration:
Tell us if you are coming and if you are bringing a electronic device!

To register contact info@lcnv.org or call 703.237.0866 by January 24, 2014.

Katie Beckman-Gotrich, Programs and Training Administrator
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

LCNV Spring 2014 Adult English Class Registration Starts Jan. 21

January 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM | Posted in Class | Leave a comment
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Student registration for #LCNV Adult English classes  starts Jan. 21 and runs through Jan. 27. Please direct anyone who needs to register for class to our updated Spring 2014 class schedule. http://bit.ly/1dYuer7

The Literacy Council offers two types of classes for adults who want to learn English: ESOL Learning Centers (ESOLC) and the Family Learning Program (FLP).

  • ESOL Learning Centers offer ESOL classes three times a year to students who want to improve their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Classes teach adults about American culture and life (workplace and finance, health and nutrition, civics and community, etc.).
  • The Family Learning Program provides ESOL classes for parents or caregivers, while their children participate in reading and writing activities, and receive homework help. At least twice a month, the children join the adult class for PACT (Parent and Child Together Time) activities. The class also encourages reading as a family through workshops, book give-a-ways, and fieldtrips.
Some centers offer conversation classes. The conversation classes are free and provide an opportunity for students to practice their English speaking and listening skills. Find a conversation class.

Please contact the Literacy Council at (703) 237-0866 for more information.

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Classes are in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.
  • You must register prior to class.
  • During registration, students pay a $60 registration fee and take an oral placement exam.
  • Partial and full Scholarships are available.
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