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Innovative Ways to Address the Literacy Crisis

By Amber Harris, guest blogger When it comes to literacy, it might seem to the casual observer that the United States as a whole is doing well, especially for people living in urban areas. The numbers, however, tell a different story: a story of a literacy crisis, even in big cities. New York City is home to 6.4 million working age adults, but 2.2 million of these adults do not have a high school diploma or English proficiency, reducing their ability to make a living wage and lead a fulfilling life in the United States. 50% of adults who do

Join us at the IAACE conference in French Lick!

You probably know by now that the IAACE Annual Conference is being held in French Lick from April 25th to April 27th, but did you know that we were included in the conference planning? Our board members have worked hard to ensure that adult literacy is represented and that there are many literacy sessions to choose from. Take a look at the sessions to be presented by ILA board members: Decoding Skills for Beginning Readers, presenter Cynthia Cates, Executive Director, Kosciusko Literacy Services This lecture is for tutors or teachers teaching decoding skills to adult learners. The sessions will blend

ILA Offering Five (5) $100 Mini-Grants for the IAACE Conference

We are excited to announce that we will be awarding FIVE mini grants worth $100 each to ILA members interested in attending the IAACE conference on April 25th to the 27th in French Lick. The mini-grants will be awarded based on the completion of the short application located at the bottom of the page. Eligibility requirements and additional details are as follows: You must be an ILA member You must attend the ILA meeting held at the IAACE conference (meeting date and time TBD) Reimbursements will be given out on April 27th, at the end of the conference Deadline to

How do you recognize your volunteers?

By Laura Priebe, Literacy Administrator, Hoosier Hills Literacy League How do you recognize your volunteers? Some organizations have a volunteer appreciation dinner, others give gifts, but if your budget is limited, here’s an option for your organization that requires just the cost of nice paper and color printing. The idea came from a session that I attended at the ProLiteracy Conference in Minneapolis. The title caught my eye – “More than a Gift Card – Low and No Cost Ways to Recognize Volunteers.” Minnesota has a huge volunteer literacy organization, as their state funding mandates that a certain percentage of

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