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If you want to learn more about fluency and incorporating it into your curriculum, ProLiteracy Education Network free online course Developing Reading Fluency is an excellent first step.

Reading fluently means learners can dedicate more mental energy to understanding what they are reading. In this course, you will:

  • define and learn how to measure fluency
  • learn how alphabetics and vocabulary support reading fluency, and how reading fluency supports comprehension
  • discover 10 activities you can use with students to help them improve fluency
If you haven’t already, you can sign up for a free account on ProLiteracy Education Network to gain access to this course and a valuable selection of materials to help you build confidence and be successful.
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One-on-one literacy tutoring changes lives for both the student and tutor, while also creating life-long friendships in the process. Take, for example, tutor George Wood, who was trained and matched with 2 students in 1990.

“At church, I became acquainted with Dwight and June Blanton and learned that they were having difficulty reading because they both had only a 3rd-grade education” recounted former tutor George Wood.

“I then learned of a workshop for literacy tutors being conducted in March 1990 by the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. I signed up and attended the ten hour workshop and purchased a set of four Laubach teacher’s manuals and skill books.

For the next year and a half, I worked with Dwight and June for an average of one and a half hours every Monday night – going through one lesson each week.  By the end of that time, they were both able to read quite well.

When the company Dwight worked for went out of business he was able to get a steady job in the supply department of the hospital, which he said he would never have been able to do without being able to read.

June passed away several years ago, but the friendship Dwight and I developed has continued for over 25 years.  We still get together occasionally to visit, share gardening information and produce, and to go fishing together.”


George Wood
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Chrysalis House Executive Director Chris McCabe, AACLC math/GED coordinators Susann Felton and Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi, and Chrysalis House clients at the 2018 AACLC Appreciation Dinner.


GED and math coordinators Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi and Susann Felton are overseeing a new partnership with Chrysalis House to help interested women achieve their GED and/or successful reentry into college. Nine women have been matched thus far with math tutors, and Susann Felton has begun a small group math class. If you are interested in tutoring at Chrysalis, please email Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi or call 410-269-4419 and leave a message.

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Student Ridgely McGowan and tutor Larry Smith


What a night! Two hundred and thirty guest reservations were made for this year’s AACLC Appreciation Dinner, graciously hosted by Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.

Following a delicious buffet dinner, inspirational speakers Ray Williams (current student) and Deena Fujimoto (current tutor and math workshop instructor) held the rapt attention of the audience, followed by the awarding of student character certificates. Each tutor nominated their student for one of 6 certificates, based on specific character strengths they had observed in their students during the course of their tutoring. Student Coordinator JoAnn Cook created these beautiful student certificates, which will hopefully be lifelong keepsakes for the students.

Capital Gazette journalist Sharon Lee Tegler covered the evening live and captured key moments in her weekly column Around The Park: Anne Arundel County Literacy Council dinner celebrates tutors, students:
A tremendous “Thank you!” goes to Woods Memorial for hosting this dinner, as well as to the following restaurants who donated food and prizes. Please stop by these businesses to thank them for their support of our students and tutors:
Adam’s Grille, Severna Park
Adam’s Grille & Taphouse, Edgewater
All American Steakhouse & Sports, Edgewater
Bow Tie Harbour 9, Annapolis
Buffalo Wild Wings, Annapolis
The Cheesecake Factory, Westfield Annapolis Mall
Chick-fil-A, Severna Park
Chuy’s Mexican Eats, Annapolis
Franklin’s Toys
Fuddruckers, Annapolis
Giant Food, Annapolis
Giant Food, Edgewater
Glory Days Grill, Edgewater
The Greene Turtle, Annapolis
The Green Turtle, Waugh Chapel Towne Center
Grotto’s Pizza, Waugh Chapel Towne Center
Jimmy John’s, Severna Park,
Kirsten’s Cakery, Severna Park
Ledo Pizza, Edgewater
Maggiano’s Little Italy, Westfield Annapolis
Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe
Mission Bar-B-Que, Annapolis
Newk’s Eatery, The Village at Waugh Chapel
Outback Steakhouse, Annapolis
Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Annapolis Harbour Center
Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Glen Burnie,
Potbelly Sandwich shop, Westfield Mall
QDOBA Mexican Eats, Annapolis Towne Center
QDOBA Mexican Eats, Waugh Chapel,
QDOBA Mexican Eats, Glen Burnie
Sam’s Club, Annapolis
State Farm: Marie Waring, Odenton
TGI Fridays, Annapolis Harbour Center
Trader Joe’s, Annapolis
Deborah Turner (40 dozen gourmet desserts)
Wegmans, Waugh Chapel Towne Center
Weis Markets, Edgewater
Mary Catherine Wickham Photography
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church
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AACLC Appreciation dinner guest speaker, Ray Williams


Please take a look at Capital Gazette journalist Sharon Tegler’s recap of our 2018 Appreciation Dinner Sharon attended this year’s program, personally interviewed students and tutors, then shared her observations in her weekly Around the Park column.

Sharon also posted pictures of the evening on Facebook and wrote the following: “With most of its 250 reading and math tutors and volunteers and an equal number of students and their families in attendance, the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council Appreciation Dinner was an amazing occasion. The students I met were courageous and determined to conquer their reading problems.”

More details of this incredible evening are shared in the following article, along with the 40 restaurants and individuals who donated food and prizes to show support for our students and tutors.

Also take note of the following important math and literacy tutor training opportunities, which are shared in more detail below:

May 16 Endeavor Literacy Workshop
May 19 Teaching Geometry
Kind regards,
Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council

301-523-6750 (cell)

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Left to right: (not seen) Charity Passalacqua, Shirley Theimer, Janet Labella, Jill Mischo, Kathy Lang, Desiree Smith-Daugherty, Dan Milleville, and Michael Green.

Tutor Training Coordinator Jill Mischo led a very productive workshop on February 10th on ways to support our Jennifer Rd. Detention Center tutors. What a dedicated and inspirational group of women and men!

Benefits of Tutoring

April 2, 2018

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Featured below is a recent AACLC tutor review from

“Working as a tutor with AACLC has been an extremely rewarding experience and one of the most worthwhile projects I have ever undertaken. Things that someone who reads takes for granted are difficult if not impossible for an adult non-reader — applying for a job or even qualifying for most jobs, getting a driver license, finding items at a grocery store, reading the directions for your prescription medicines, paying bills, voting, reading notices children bring home from school, staying in touch with family and friends by texting or email or Facebook, etc.

The student I have been tutoring for the past six months is a 44-year old mother of six who dropped out of school when she was sixteen, with minimal reading skills. She sought out AACLC because her children were growing up and were not going to be around much longer to help her with things that required reading.

She and I were both nervous when we met and unsure about what this experience was going to be like, but we quickly found a comfortable routine. We meet at the library twice a week for two-hour tutoring sessions and her reading and writing skills improve with every session. Working at her own pace and with the undivided attention of a tutor are the reasons that she is learning how to read now, something she was never able to do when she was in school.

In addition to seeing a rapid increase in her reading ability, I have seen her whole appearance, personality and demeanor change from quiet and reserved to outgoing, smiling, and confident. She now has a part-time job, her first job in many years, and she looks forward to having access to a wider range of job opportunities as her reading and writing skills continue to grow. This is a strong woman who has a lot to offer our community, and AACLC is the reason she will be able to do that.

None of us could be effective tutors without the training, support, and educational materials provided by AACLC. Few adult non-readers would participate in literacy training without the warm, respectful, and supportive outreach that AACLC provides to them. Everyone in our community benefits when an adult non-reader learns to read. We are fortunate that AACLC is a well-run organization that is working to meet this need.”

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~ Spring 2018  Tutor Training Class ~

Despite the weather challenges we experienced on Day 2, thirty-five new literacy and math tutors were trained and matched with students on March 3rd.

A tremendous “Thank you!” goes out to tutor training coordinator Jill Mischo and presenters Bob and Mary Anne Stoner, Anita Ewing, Susann Felton, Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi, Emily Clement, Jan Booth, Bob Mondor, JoAnn Cook, and Jane Seiss. This is an excellent tutor class and it will be fun to watch these tutor/student matches progress over the coming months.

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Teaching Geometry Workshop

May 19, 9:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 208

Circles, spheres, and cubes. Oh, my! Let’s explore the various 2D and 3D geometric concepts that students will face in the Mathematical Reasoning GED test. We will start with understanding lines and graphs before moving on to shapes. In addition to the basics, tutors can learn different approaches to teaching that may help if your student is having a particularly difficult time as well as how to input information into the TI-30XS calculator.

Note: This will be an accelerated course. Tutors should come prepared with a basic understanding of reading graphs (x and y coordinates). A formula sheet will be provided for all relevant geometry formulas.

Teaching Fractions and use of the TI-30XS calculator Workshop

April 28, 9:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 208

Are fractions your student’s math nemesis? Does the sight of a 4/7 + 3/8 give your student the heebeejeebees? Come join us for an accelerated look into the world of fractions. We will cover the basics, learn to use the TI-30XS, and offer up some various approaches to common barriers students may encounter.

NOTE: Due to the accelerated nature of this workshop, tutors should have some experience with fractions.

If interested in one or both of these workshops, you must either pre-register with Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi at or call the office to leave a message at 410-269-4419.

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Students, Tutors, and Assessors

Save the Date

Literacy Council Annual Appreciation Dinner

Date: Thursday, April 26th

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Place: Woods Memorial Church

Severna Park

A fabulous buffet dinner will be followed by a short but exciting program to celebrate our volunteers, students, and our 41st anniversary serving Anne Arundel County.

Please make plans to attend and bring your family/friends with you for a night of fun and celebration!