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Wage Trajectories for Adult Basic Literacy Skills Program Participants vs. Nonparticipants

During the 10-year period of the study, participants showed mean income gains of 53 percent (in constant 1997 dollars) as compared to an income drop of 2 percent for nonparticipants. – See more at The Case for Investment in Adult Basic Education.

According to the LSAL study report, “This large overall difference suggests that adult basic literacy skills program participation may be central to sustained income growth for this low-education population.”

New Beginnings: Tarhonda

April 17, 2017

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Tutor Karen Weissberger and Tarhonda

Here is a picture from our first meeting. Tarhonda is a very hardworking, motivated woman who wants to get a driver license and earn her GED. I think this will be a good journey for both of us!

You Shop…AACLC Wins!

April 16, 2017

Support our students and tutors while you shop:


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

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

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

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Are you looking for a simple way to help your students learn? Try the Feynman Technique

The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything – Nobel winner Richard Feynman shares his secret to learning anything, which also works as an excellent framework for thinking and identifying gaps in other peoples knowledge.

A System for Remembering What you Read – From Farnam Street newsletter, a system you can use for non-fiction books that enables you to remember quite a bit. And when you can’t remember you generally know where to look to find the answers.

The Most Effective Way to Retain What You Read – Become a more effective reader with these simple tips from Nassim Taleb and psychologist Robert Cialdini designed to help you retain more of what you read.

The Top 3 Most Effective Ways to Take Notes While Reading

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Left to right:Mary Anne Stoner, tutor coordinator Anita Ewing, and Bob Stoner enjoy participating in the Literacy Council’s first Literacy Lights the Way walkathon, held last fall. Be sure to come dressed as one of your favorite book characters at our second walkathon, scheduled for next fall!

As Courtney Stoner, a George Washington University college freshman, was wrapping up her summer internship with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council in 2013 she recalled an off-hand comment her parents had made. “We’ve always wanted to get involved with literacy tutoring,” Bob and Mary Anne Stoner had remarked.

Little did the Stoner family imagine that tutoring with the Literacy Council would soon turn into a family affair.  Not long after Courtney sent her parents a link that enabled them to fill out online forms and eventually receive literacy training, Bob and Mary Anne were ready to meet their first students. Bob was teamed up with Iris, an English-as-a-Second Language (ESOL) student, while Mary Anne was matched with Iris’s cousin, Yulma.

Iris and Yulma are parents of young children and aim to hone their English speaking and writing skills so they can become more involved with their children’s education. They also want to be able to more effectively pursue job opportunities, and hopefully one day pass the GED.

Both Iris and Yulma are cheerful, hard-working, and attentive students. They’ve even encouraged other family members living in the Brooklyn Park area to take assessments and start working with tutors, too.  Bob and Mary Anne are so impressed with their students that they’ve said “If only we could win the lottery and give up our day jobs! That way we could tutor all the members of this wonderful family.”

Until then, Bob and Mary Anne are hoping that other Literacy Council tutors can find time to spend with Iris and Yulma’s motivated relatives.

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Please save the date!

Our Annual Appreciation Dinner will be held on April 27th this year and we hope that everyone will make plans to attend. Please RSVP and join us!

My favorite part of each year’s Appreciation Dinner is always the student testimonies. Our student’s courage and determination to achieve their goals is inspirational and shines through every story that is shared, reminding me of why we do what we do at the Literacy Council. Yes, literacy changes lives, not only for the student, but also for their families and our community.

Please also check out details on our GED math and ESOL tutor workshops, both scheduled for April. Space is limited for both workshops, so RSVP as soon as possible to reserve a seat. Later this week, we’ll post an article about inspiring husband and wife tutors Bob and Mary Anne Stoner and their 2 students.

Kind regards,

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
301-523-6750 (cell)

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

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English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) tutor trainers Phil Tawes and Suzy Ochs will be leading an ESOL workshop for interested tutors in April (date and time to be announced).

Please email or call 410-269-4419 to register for this valuable workshop.

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Tutors, Students, Assessors, and Volunteers…
Please let us honor you!

Date: April 27th, 2017
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Place:Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church. Severna Park

Please RSVP with a total count to
Mike Ahearn at
by April 20th

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UPDATE April, 2017:

While we await DLLR’s GED math tutoring workshop information, we are planning a training session for all interested Literacy Council math tutors to help get you started.

Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi and Susann Felton will lead this training, which will include an overview of the GED math test as well as the tutoring materials and books to be used.

Saturday, April 8th
9 a.m. – noon
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church
If interested in attending this workshop
you must RSVP by Friday, April 7th by
calling 410-269-4419 or

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Originally posted December, 2016

Do you have a love for math and want to help another person achieve their GED?

Next spring we will officially launch a new initiative with both the  Department of Labor, Licensing, and Review (DLLR), and the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland.

Fifteen students who have passed all sections of the GED but math, and who have missed passing the math section by only a few points, will participate in a targeted, 4 to 6 week, one-on-one math tutoring program.

We are offering this opportunity first to existing tutors and then, if necessary, we will recruit new tutors specifically for this program.

Think about the rewards:
  • The joy of seeing a student graduate to a new life of possibilities.
  • Specific training for tutoring GED math from GED professionals in the field.
  • An opportunity to be part of a pilot program that will set standards for the entire state and possibly be a model for the nation.
  • A commitment of 4-6 weeks.

Please let us know if you want to volunteer for this spring 2017 program by sending an email to either of the AACLC staff members below, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

We look forward to your participation in this exciting new venture!

Literacy Council GED Coordinators:
Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi
Susann Felton

Practical Affirmations

February 23, 2017

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A dyslexic woman and successful tech entrepreneur was interviewed and asked what helped her overcome the odds. Here’s what she said:

“Affirmations. I literally told myself the naysayers were wrong about me. I told myself exactly what I needed to hear every single day to move my life forward.”

  • My next step in the right direction does not have to be a big one.
  • I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. It’s about not letting my fear decide my future.
  • The biggest and most complex obstacle I will ever have to overcome is my mind. If I can overcome that, I can overcome anything.

From Dyslexic Advantage Newsletter January 2017 issue