Test-Taking Skills Workshop

January 20, 2018


Saturday, January 20th from 9am – noon

Founders Room 
Wood’s Memorial Presbyterian Church
Severna Park

The GED, as well as the entrance tests for the NEDP and Community College, have multiple choice questions which can be tricky to maneuver. Deena Fujimoto will break it down to help us mentor our students for these tests.

Please consider attending the workshop if you are currently tutoring a student for the GED / NEDP / Community College or would like to tutor one such student in the future. Also, this workshop is open to both our tutors and our students. 

Be sure to RSVP so we can prepare enough materials:
Susann Felton, sdfelton@gmail.com
See you January 20th!

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Saturday, January 20th from 9am – noon
Founders Room 
Wood’s Memorial Presbyterian Church
Severna Park

The GED, as well as the entrance tests for the NEDP and Community College, have multiple choice questions which can be tricky to maneuver. Deena Fujimoto will break it down to help us mentor our students for these tests.

Please consider attending the workshop if you are currently tutoring a student for the GED / NEDP / Community College or would like to tutor one such student in the future. Also, this workshop is open to both our tutors and our students. 

Be sure to RSVP so we can prepare enough materials:
Susann Felton, sdfelton@gmail.com
See you January 20th!

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Workplace Giving is a simple way to make tax-deductible donations to local charities through payroll contributions. Please consider supporting the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council through your employer’s workplace giving program.

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As we near Thanksgiving, we want to thank you for helping 223 low-income county adults receive free and individualized reading, writing, math, and English instruction this year. By improving their skills they are gaining jobs, better-paying jobs, acceptance into Anne Arundel Community College’s adult Basic skills classes, GED’s, and an improved quality of life. Your caring, kindness, and generosity made this happen!

Please take a moment to “meet” several of these students and tutor John Carley in this newsletter. Their passion and determination to succeed is inspirational and beautifully illustrates why we do what we do at the Literacy Council.

Also, we have exciting news. AACLC Executive Board member Debby Turner is pledging to match the first $2,500 in online donations on #GivingTuesday, allowing you to double your donation on November 28th. Thank you, Debby!

Kind regards,

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Lisa Vernon, Executive Director
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
301-523-6750 (cell)
director@aaclc.org

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Support our students and tutors while you shop

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.

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To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

AACLC staff members pose in group photo

Literacy Council staff, from left to right: Jane Seiss (tutor coordinator), JoAnn Cook (student coordinator), Emily Clement (assessor coordinator), Patti Durst (database coordinator), Lisa Vernon (executive director), Jill Mischo (tutor training coordinator), and Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi (math/pre-GED coordinator). Not present: Susann Felton (math/pre-GED coordinator), Bruce Phillips (database administrator).

 

Student Spotlight: Eirly

October 16, 2017

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Eirly and tutor Monica Hawse

Eirly, who contacted the AACLC last spring because she wanted to sharpen her literacy skills, brings a lifetime of experience to her reading sessions with her tutor Monica. Eirly is not only a mother of four and grandmother to nine; she is also a great-grandmother four times over.

Monica enjoys the personal stories and life lessons that Eirly has shared with her. From her vantage point of 74 years, Eirly knows herself well: “I am a go-getter and don’t let anything defeat me. You need to pick up what you have in life (both good and bad) and walk with it.”

Monica reports that Eirly makes continuous progress in their tutoring sessions, completing not only her assigned homework, but new lesson exercises, too. Monica is delighted by Eirly’s always-positive attitude. When Eirly reads aloud, for example, she becomes so immersed in the story’s characters that she cheers them on, exclaiming, “Bless you, Tom!” or “Don’t do that, dear … ”

In short, this tutoring pair not only respects and admires each other; they laugh a lot, too!

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We are so proud of our students and their tutors for the remarkable milestones they’ve achieved this summer.

  • 4 students passed the GED exam.
  • 1 student qualified for entry into the National External Degree program.
  • 2 students enrolled in AACC classes.
  • 1 student registered to vote.
  • 25 students advanced a level in their curriculum series.
  • 1 student was promoted to sergeant at his security job.
  • 1 student was able to read a menu and comparison shop for the first time!
  • Several students obtained library cards and checked out books for their children for the first time.
  • 1 student passed his driver license exam.

Student testimony:

Comment from student Johnetta Jones to her tutor Pete Schanck: “I want to thank you for your help and encouragement. Not just with math, but with everything. I have confidence in myself again and know that I can do anything I set my mind to.”
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2017 Fall Tutor Training

Thirty new volunteers participated in our 2017 Fall Tutor Training. What a great tutor class! These new tutors are now being matched with students throughout the county. A tremendous “Thank you” also goes out to Tutor Training Coordinator Jill Mischo who led the training, along with trainers Anita Ewing, Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi, Susann Felton, Bob and Mary Ann Stoner, Jane Seiss, JoAnn Cook, Emily Clement, Bob Mondor and Shirley Theimer.

Tutor Follow-On Workshop

Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Our next tutor workshop will be held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church on November 4th. Valuable tutor resources will be shared from experienced math and literacy tutors, and student challenges will be addressed. Both new and experienced tutors are encouraged to attend.

— Mark Your Calendars and Make Plans to Attend —

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Alex Mann, a correspondent for  The Capital Gazette Style magazine wrote a very nice article Sunday (9/24/17) about our new math tutoring program. If you haven’t read it yet, click the title:

“Math Tutoring Adds Up” 

and see why we’re so excited to get this kind of exposure.

Maryland has 1,000 adults who have passed all sections of the GED except math. Our 45 volunteer math tutors are addressing this real need by meeting these adults in coffee shops and libraries across the county to provide free, targeted math instruction so they can pass the math section and earn their GED.

If being a math tutor sounds appealing, CLICK HERE for more information.

If you know of a student needing this kind of math tutoring, CLICK HERE to refer a student.