NOTES FROM THE CHAIR
Dear Volunteers and Friends,
Grab your rakes, the fall weather has us buried in
leaves! Yes, autumn has arrived in all its splendor. Too
bad those leaves can't just stay on the trees until they turn green
again next spring. Why can't they put that on the ballot?
That's a rhetorical question, of course.
Just a quick welcome
to our newest tutor, Catherine Heilman. No sooner did she come
in for an interview did she get placed with a student. Great
timing! We hate to keep potential students waiting to get help
from one of our volunteers. I hope that match works out.
We have other potential students on the list, so if you're a tutor
with spare time, call Liz to see what she has for you.
most of the votes counted, it was a tight race. The illiterate
rarely vote; and when they do vote, they do so without the ability
to make decisions based on textual information. Our tutors are here
to help if you know of anyone that falls in this category. That is,
after all, what the Literacy Council is all about.
rest of this newsletter. Our editor, Nancy, would love to hear
some feedback from you. Your own articles would also be
appreciated for future issues.
Have a great time bagging the
We offer individualized tutoring for Basic Reading,
GED, ESL, Workforce Development Classes, and Citizenship. Our Workforce Development class offers training in
Microsoft Office and Résumé Building.
If you know of anyone who might benefit from our
program, please let them know about our services. The Literacy
Council serves all of Jackson County.
Literacy Council of Jackson
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
LITERACY COUNCIL OF
------------------------------------------- Bob Burger
Placement ------------------------------------- Liz
Dyslexia: A learning difficulty that impacts on
spelling, reading and writing ability, dyslexia can come in many
forms. The most common is caused by difficulty hearing all of the
sounds that make up a word. This impacts on decoding skills and can
make it hard to sound words out - a crucial step in early reading.
Learners may benefit from memorizing high frequency English
vocabulary, such as sight words. Learn more tips and strategies for
helping dyslexic students.
Dyspraxia: Adults who struggle
with fine motor skills may have a form of dyspraxia. This makes it
difficult to hold a pencil and can cause messy handwriting and even
impact on planning skills. Learn how to help dyspraxic students in
Dysgraphia: A condition that causes
difficulties in writing, dysgraphia can make handwriting painful and
frustrating for students. The best alternative is for learners to
acquire touch-typing skills and produce written assignments on the
computer vs. with a pen and paper.
Slow processing: Some
adults may master decoding but still struggle with comprehension
skills. This can sometimes be a result of slow processing in which
they simply require more time than their peers to understand what
has been read. Teachers can help by encouraging learners to engage
top-down reading strategies that activate relevant content and
vocabulary and make it easier to use prior knowledge to help
Courtesy of readandspell.com
Choose the correct Plural form
Word games can be used as a tool for learning. Not
only are they fun to play, but they can help the student with
spelling, grammar, and reading.
They can also serve as an
ice-breaker between the student and tutor, as well as keeping the
student's interest on the subject.
AND NOW A WORD
The Teresa McCormick Center (TMC) is graciously
providing space for the Literacy Council office and tutor’s library.
We would like to thank them for their generosity, and share a bit of
information about their positive influence in our valley.
Acting as a gateway to the Southern Oregon
community, TMC aims to help connect individuals with assistance,
training, and other resources that allow them to create a solid and
sustainable foundation in their lives.
Working as advocates, they're able to create a
bridge connecting them to a wide network of support that's
determined to help them achieve success. TMC can help connect you
with resources all over the Rogue Valley including: rental
assistance, food pantries and free meals, energy assistance, shower
locations and much more.
TMC will soon be offering classes that can help
benefit your day-to-day life. Classes such as basic computer skills,
knowing your rights, stretching your dollar, and living with chronic
diseases or pain will soon be offered to anyone interested.
The Teresa McCormick Center offers a computer lab at
its primary location on S. Pacific Highway in Medford. This lab is
available for individuals to use relating to job readiness and
search, housing, or education. Please see one of their volunteers at
the front desk to sign up for a time slot. You can watch for
updates and information on their Facebook page at fb.me/TeresaMcCormickCenter.
Teresa cared deeply for the Southern Oregon
community. While working at Harry & David, she discovered that
many qualified job applicants didn't own closed-toe shoes. She
instigated a donation drive that was able to provide more than 700
pairs of shoes to those in need. She was the primary force in
establishing the trust that Harry & David shares with the
Southern Oregon area, and our community suffered a great loss when
she passed away suddenly in 2007. Teresa left an incredible mark on
the Rogue Valley, and her absence is still felt to this day.
Address: 2500 S Pacific Highway, Medford,
Phone: (541) 864-5000
Hours: M.W.F. 2pm-4:30pm Tu.Th. 10am-1pm
Hours are approximate and
subject to change. Please feel free to call and schedule an
appointment to ensure availability.
We are currently in need of more tutors. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we would
love to hear from you.
A tutor will typically spend one
or two sessions per week with an adult learner. These sessions
usually run 60 to 90 minutes long. A tutor and an adult learner
often work together for 6 months to 2 years.
There are no
credentials required. Simply attend free training sessions and learn
how to be an effective tutor!
"When one teaches, two learn."