Bob Burger - Chair
Sara King Cole - Library/Bookstore
Ellie Scholz - Secretary
Fram Nichols - Placement
Robbin Henson - Records
Liz Koester - RCC/CASAS Coordinator
Bob Burger - Bookkeeper
Notes From The Chair
Dear Volunteers and Friends,
I hope you all had a delightful Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa holiday. I was hoping for gifts for all three, but I am content with my lump of coal.
Our tutoring volunteers gave a lot of their time last year; a very valuable gift to their students. Thank you so much for your service to our community. I hope you are all looking forward to giving your knowledge for another year.
As the population of Jackson County increases, so does the need for volunteer tutors. Let your friends know the joys of tutoring and refer them to the volunteer opportunities at the Literacy Council. Tell the people who are struggling with English or reading and writing skills about our free service. Everyone might be able to get along once we work on breaking the language barriers.
I hope you all have a good time in 2007!
Greetings From The New Editor
Hi everyone! I got the greatest Christmas present this year! I am taking over for Liz Bestor as newsletter editor. I am looking forward to it! I have been getting a lot of help from Sara and Bob, who I thank from the bottom of my heart. This issue might be a little smaller than we are used to, but all the pertinent information will be included.
My plans for the newsletter include more personal interviews with the staff and the tutors. I am looking forward to meeting all the faces behind the names I see every month. I'll search the internet for articles that will help our mission in helping literacy in Jackson County.
For the next three months, I'll be in the office on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon due to my new Winter Term schedule. Please call or stop by! I'd love to hear what you do in the field. We could report your human interest stories portraying our continued fight for adult literacy in our county.
Happy New Year!
All meetings - 1 PM to 3 PM
Literacy Council office:
1175 Royal Ave, Suite B, Medford
Keeping the Records Straight
Tutor Hours - 48.5
Prep Hours - 9
Travel Hours - 8
Tutor Hours - 43
Prep Hours - 10
Travel Hours - 7.5
Tutor Hours - 52
Prep Hours - 12
Travel Hours - 5.5
October hours - 37
November - 37.5
December Hours - 31.5
QUARTERLY REPORT :
Active Tutors: 7
Inactive Tutors: 4
Tutor Hours: 268 hours (plus prep & travel)
Student Hours: 210.5
Board Member Hours: approx. 94.5
Robbin Henson- Records Clerk
Active Tutors - 11
Active Students - 16
13 Students need tutoring
1 - Ashland (Tibetan)
2 - Talent (Mexican)
3 - Phoenix (Mexican)
10 - Medford
2 (Indian couple)
4 - Medford
3 (Learning Disabled)
1 - Central Point (LD)
1 - Medford
Fram Nichols, Placement Coordinator
Our librarian is such a busy lady these days. As well as tutoring Santiaga and Juan, Sara works part-time. Sara and her husband will be expecting a little bundle of joy by the middle or end of February! She is doing well. Sara doesn't get much time in the library (about a half hour a week). The library is open a few hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday if you need supplies. Please call ahead if possible.
Tips for teaching word families, steps in
language experience stories, find quizzes
You can print out these exercises or student
can do them on line
Variety of activities for the more advanced
If you have internet access at your tutoring
site this is a great address for more advanced
Help with developing writing skills
Variety of activities: grammar, conversation
topics, cultural awareness, games, etc.
Pizzaz: Creative writing lessons
Self Study Quizzes
Conversation Questions for the ESL Classroom
Opportunities in ESL: Creative writing/
Free Services for Students
ESL Curriculum, Beginning Level
Diversity Calendar: Holidays around the
If you try one of the above sites let us know what you think of it, how you used it, did your student enjoy it, etc.
ABE Adult Basic Education: teaching basic kindergarten to 8th grade skills such as reading, writing and math to native speakers of English.
ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
CASAS Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System: A battery of tests that we use for tracking student progress.
ESL English as a Second Language: teaching basic kindergarten to 8th grade skills such as listening, speaking, reading, writing and math to non-native speakers of English.
GED General Education Development test: test which gives students a diploma equivalent to a high school diploma.
LCJC: Literacy Council of Jackson County
LD: Learning Disabled
RCC: Rogue Community College
TELT Training Effective Literacy Tutors: The training program for new volunteers.
TOPS Tracking of Programs and Students: form used to collect student demographics and test results reported to RCC.