May 2018: Literacyworks in the News

May 2, 2018 Paul Heavenridge

 

2018 LITERACYWORKS LECTURE SERIES

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LITERACYWORKS & COPPERFIELD’S BOOKS PRESENTS GREG SARRIS

Event date: Sun, May 6, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PDT

HOW A MOUNTAIN WAS MADE: STORIES

Petaluma - In sixteen interconnected original stories, award-winning author Greg Sarris takes us through a world which blooms bright with poppies, lupines, and clover; where songs have the power to enchant and rain is a beautiful woman who keeps people's memories in stones. Inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales, these stories are timeless in their wisdom and beauty.

This series is a fundraiser for Literacyworks Center, a project that assists underserved, low-income, low-literacy adult students and their families with maneuvering and solving the educational, logistical and personal challenges they face to stay in school or succeed at work.
For more information on Literacyworks, go to: literacyworks.org

Event Location: 

Copperfield's Books (Petaluma Store)
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

DANIEL ELLSBERG IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER COYOTE

Sunday June 10, 2018, 4:00-5:30PM
Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall, 1094 Petaluma Blvd South, Petaluma

Daniel Ellsberg is an American activist and former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers. His new book, “The Doomsday Machine,” is an eyewitness expose of the dangers of America’s top secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day. Peter Coyote is an accomplished actor, author, director, screenwriter and Emmy award narrator.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/literacyworks-copperfields-books-present-daniel-ellsberg-peter-coyote-conversation

Go to http://www.literacyworks.org/events for the latest speaker list.

STRAIGHT UP!
A CHARBAY COCKTAIL COMPETITION & BENEFIT FOR LITERACYWORKS

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WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018
WHERE: BEAR REPUBLIC BREWERY - LAKESIDE 5000 ROBERTS LAKE ROAD, ROHNERT PARK

COMPETITION STARTS at 6 PM  ~  8:30 PM

  • Judge’s Panel & People’s Choice Voting

Bartenders from the following establishments will be creating cocktails with Charbay Blood Orange Vodka, come try all their libations and vote for your favorite!

  • Bear Republic - Lakeside, Rohnert Park
  • Beer Baron, Santa Rosa
  • Crush Italian Steakhouse, Ukiah
  • The Golden Pig, Hopland
  • Gun Club Bar, Geyserville
  • Jackson’s Bar & Oven, Santa Rosa
  • John Ash & Co., Santa Rosa
  • Mario & John’s, Petaluma
  • Perch + Plow, Santa Rosa
  • The Tavern on 4th, San Rafael
  • Ukiah Brewing Company, Ukiah

Thank you to our Judge’s Panel for ‘Straight Up’ 2018!

Scott Beattie
Author of ‘Artisanal Cocktails’
Meadowood Napa Valley

Erika Frey
Private Real Estate Consultant & Cocktail Aficionado
Healdsburg

Brian Griffith
Music Director
KRCB Radio 91, FM
Windsor

Pre-sale tickets $35 per person  Get your tickets here!
($40 at the door / 21 and over only)
Ticket price includes tasting all competitors’ cocktail creations & delicious appetizers

Raffle & Ticket Proceeds to fund Literacyworks Programs in the North Bay


2018 Literacyworks Lecture Series

ROBERT REICH IN CONVERSATION WITH LYNN WOOLSEY

Sunday April 8, 2018, 4:00-5:30PM
Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall, 1094 Petaluma Blvd South, Petaluma

Robert Bernard Reich is an American political commentator, professor, and author. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. He was Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997. His new book, “The Common Good,” is focused on why we must restore the idea of the common good to the center of our economics and politics. Congresswoman Lynn C. Woolsey is a former U.S. Representative for California's 6th congressional district serving Marin County and Sonoma County from 1993 to 2013. 

This timely event for the Literacyworks Center will feature a Center student, community partners and and keynote speaker Robert Reich and Lynn Woolsey.

This fundraiser will support low literacy, low income, highly motivated adults in the North Bay to access SRJC programs by providing scholarships, advising and support.

Purchase Tickets Here: https://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/literacyworks-copperfields-books-present-robert-b-reich-lynn-woolsey-conversation

2018 Literacyworks Lecture Series (more to come)

GREG SARRIS

Sunday May 6, 2018, Copperfield's Books Petaluma Store, 4:00PM
Greg Sarris is an author, screenwriter, producer, scholar, professor and Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria. His most recent book, which will be featured at the lecture, is “How a Mountain Was Made: Stories.”

DANIEL ELLSBERG IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER COYOTE

Sunday June 10, 2018, Sunday April 8, 2018, 4:00-5:30PM
Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall, 1094 Petaluma Blvd South, Petaluma

Daniel Ellsberg is an American activist and former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers. His new book, “The Doomsday Machine,” is an eyewitness expose of the dangers of America’s top secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day. Peter Coyote is an accomplished actor, author, director, screenwriter and Emmy award narrator.

ISABEL ALLENDE IN CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL KRASNY

July 2018 (tentative date), Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, Petaluma SRJC campus
Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, "The House of the Spirits", was published in 1982. Since then, she has written 22 more works. Allende’s books, all written in her native Spanish, have been translated into 35 languages and have sold nearly 70 million copies. Michael Krasny is the host of KQED’s “Forum” program as well as a renowned author and educator.

Go to http://www.literacyworks.org/events for the latest speaker list.

Please send an email to Rita at rita@literacyworks.org with you and your guest’s names so we can put them on our Will Call list

For questions, go to www.literacyworks.org/events or email info@literacyworks.org
or
Call Rita at Literacyworks: 707-981-8086

Tutors, Trainings, and Big Thanks!

February 2016 Newsletter

The Literacyworks Center Welcomes Talented Tutors

Part of the goal of The Literacyworks Center is to provide tutors to our adult students to help with navigating the often complex world of college classwork. Many of our low-literacy students speak English as their second language, and the preparation it takes to succeed in their courses can require extra time and guidance.

Our tutors are all volunteers, and come to The Center with a variety of professional and personal experience. In our free tutor training program, they get a sense of who adults with low literacy skills are, how they might learn best, and what they want to learn about or be able to do. Tutors learn to use effective, research-based tutoring strategies to help adult students improve their reading and writing skills, and allow them to persevere and over come obstacles to learning which may have derailed them in the past. 

If you are interested in joining our team of tutors in The Center, please call Center Director Chris Schultz at (707) 981-8086.

The Literacyworks Center Tutor Training Workshop a Success!

The first tutor training workshop was held Friday, January 29th at Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus. The workshop was led by Kathy St. John and Amy Prevendel who have 20+ years of adult education professional development training. As part of the training, tutors learned about the type of students enrolled in The Literacyworks Center, about tutoring materials and online learning activities, LINCS resources, and other free resources offered to adult literacy tutors. Also in attendance were Sonoma County Library Literacy Tutors.

We received a lot of positive feedback from the attendees on the content of the training and expertise of Kathy and Amy. We look forward to presenting more trainings in the future. 

Generous New Donations Received 

We're excited to share that Literacyworks has received new grants from the Marin Community Foundation and Codding Foundation. These generous organizations are excited to come on board supporting The Literacyworks Center in bringing educational opportunity to low-literacy adults in Sonoma and Marin counties.

We've also received another generous donation from The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Seven adult students from Graton are enrolled at The Center and taking courses at Santa Rosa Junior College. We continue to be grateful for their support.

Free Workshop for Adult Educators Well Attended 

Seventy educators from four counties attended a special workshop sponsored by theSonoma County Adult Education Consortium on January 22nd. The day-long training was organized in part by Literacyworks Executive Director Paul Heavenridge and led by two educators from Penn State College of Education: KayLinn Hamilton, a workforce development specialist, and Dr Blaire Willson Toso, a research associate and educator in ESL and family literacy. 

The topic of one workshop was new Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations relating to AE program development. Congress passed the WIOA to "help job seekers and workers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and match employers with skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy." 

Attendees were also able to create integrated work-based lessons for ESL and Basic Skills for use in the classroom.

"The educators in attendance will be able to take these lessons straight back to their classrooms and implement them immediately," enthused Paul Heavenridge. 

Future trainings in these topics are in the works. For information go to the Sonoma County Adult Education website.


Please get involved in the important job of giving basic education skills to the adults of Sonoma and Marin counties by clicking the button below!

Why Read? Reason #8. America, We Have a Literacy Problem.

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Yes, we have a serious literacy problem and it'll get worse if we don't help our citizens become literate.

Our economy, our society, our very democracy depends on an educated workforce. Basic skills are critical to the prosperity and wellbeing of individuals and are key drivers of economic growth and societal advancement. But today, adults in the U.S. score well below the international average in the foundational skills considered most critical for our global competitiveness and economic strength: math, reading and problem-solving. A 2013 study by the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies discovered that 1 in 6 adults have low literacy skills and nearly one-third have weak numeracy and problem solving skills.

Employers often struggle to fill jobs requiring basic skills while literacy funding is at an all-time low. In California, more than half of all adults are not proficient readers and 6,151,072 (almost 1 in 5) have not earned a high school diploma or its equivalent. The costs to society are immense. That’s the bad news.

What’s the good news? Becoming literate for life is not costly and the results are tangible.

Take Enrique, an adult with low literacy skills who was living in the Bay Area with few prospects to find a well-paying job to support his family. Then he stumbled upon a library literacy program that gave him the fundamentals to increase his workplace skills, which helped him to secure a job with a national airline. “When you go into a literacy program, you come out reading. You come out literate. And you never go back,” he says.

Enrique was lucky. The number of out-of-school adults needing help in Sonoma County is considerable. But our adult education services and programs are grossly underfunded and can’t hope to serve everyone in need. Every adult school program in the county, with the exception of Petaluma, has closed in recent years. Library literacy programs can’t meet the demand and Santa Rosa Junior College and other non-profits are trying to fill the gap but waiting lists are long.

If we do nothing, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said, "No matter how hard they work, these adults will be stuck, unable to support their families and contribute fully to our country."

Why should you care? Because we all benefit from an educated society.

On an economic level, the return on investment is huge. A literate workforce attracts more business resulting in higher salaries, enhanced job security, greater productivity, increased consumer spending and tax revenues, reduced correctional costs, and a decreased drain on social services. Literacy is the most basic employable skill, the essential element of economic development and living-wage jobs.

On a personal level, parents are better able to support their children’s education and nurture healthier citizens. When adults gain the power to read and write it is nothing short of transformational – resulting in healthier and, yes, happier communities.

To help address the need in Sonoma, we are launching The Literacyworks Center to provide more basic and workplace skills programs. The Center, partnering with the Santa Rosa Junior College on its Petaluma Campus, will work with underserved basic skills learners to address the educational and logistical issues they must manage to stay in school and succeed in work. The Center will act as a liaison between education programs and monitor each learner’s progress, helping them to complete their educational goals.

How can you help?

Help fund a hero! Support the new Literacyworks Center at SRJC by giving a donation to help administer The Center. Go to Literacyworks.org and click the “Donate” button.

Volunteer! Our local libraries and literacy programs need more tutors.

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This Op-Ed appeared in the Press Democrat on November 2, 2014. Written by Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and Paul Heavenridge, it was modified for this blog. Lynn Woolsey is a retired member of the U.S. House of Representatives where she sat on Education and Labor Committees during her 20-year tenure. Paul Heavenridge is Executive Director of Literacyworks. To find out more about the Literacyworks Center, visit Literacyworkscenter.org

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Then woman standing next to me said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

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Time to Reskill Event a Success

We are pleased to report that our Time to Reskill event in collaboration with Santa Rosa Junior College was a resounding success. Stakeholders from industry, education, government, and the non-profit world convened for a welcome message from Jane Saldana-Talley, Vice President Petaluma Campus Santa Rosa Junior College, followed by a discussion on the need for services for individuals with low literacy by Frank Chong, President/Superintendent Santa Rosa Junior College. Dr. Chong's talk was followed by a prerecorded message to the group by Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, an overview of The Survey of Adult Skill by Paul Heavenridge, Executive Director Literacyworks/LINCS RPDC 4, and a call to action by Lynn Woolsey, Congresswoman.

After the presentations, attendees were divided into three facilitated groups to discuss individual experiences and ideas about the U.S.'s growing employability skills gap. Literacyworks has submitted these ideas to the U.S. Department of Education for the national action plan to improve the foundational skills of adults.

Special thanks to the SRJC Petaluma Campus staff for helping make this event a success.

Watch the video introduction by Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education.

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