Food For Thought: Dyslexia

August 17, 2018

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Are you interested in free math, reading, or GED prep help? If so, please check out our Literacy Library: Tutor Tools & Resources page on AACLC’s website this summer. You can also explore an array of topics such as beginning graphic design, Excel spreadsheet tutorials, online money tips, free typing tutorials, and fun math games. Here is a small sample of the interesting sites shared on our AACLC Resources page:

GED Teaching Resources This is an excellent link providing resources for GED tutors.

BBC’s Skillswise Math Games  Improve your math skills by playing fun math games for adults from BBC’s Skillswise website.

Crossword Puzzlemaker A project of The Internet TESL Journal. Online crossword puzzle site allows you to create puzzles in 6 levels, and it’s very easy to use!

GCF Goodwill Community Foundation is user-friendly for self-paced learning modules on computer skills, basic literacy, ESL, Math, money, and more.

Khan Academy  Khan Academy’s  mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.Tutors can link with their learners (through G-mail) to see what has been mastered and what the learner is “stuck” on.

Congratulations, Aleem Rao!

August 17, 2018

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Aleem Rao, fluent in 3 languages, emigrated to this country in 1990. Recently he accomplished an impressive goal, passing all the clearances necessary to hold a high-security position within the federal government.

But one last hurdle kept Aleem from starting his new job. The bureaucratic red tape had snarled his ability to retrieve his educational records from his home country. His prospective new boss agreed, however, that if Aleem secured a GED, he would satisfy all the prerequisites for the job.

Aleem studied on his own and quickly passed three out of four sections of the GED. However, when the math portion of the test proved more challenging, Aleem was referred to the AACLC, where he was teamed with tutor Susann Felton. Susan reports that her new pupil was not only “very intelligent and highly motivated; he was an absolute delight to work with.” After a brief review of algebra and geometry, Aleem and Susan shifted their focus to test-taking skills and gaining calculator expertise. Aleem went on to ace the GED math test earlier this year.

Today, Aleem is a proud federal government employee, with a salary and benefits package that substantially improves his ability to care for his family, which includes three children. And he has expressed his gratitude to the Literary Council in a most meaningful way: Aleem would now like to volunteer with our organization and help others as he was helped.

Did You Know?

August 17, 2018

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AACLC Appreciation dinner pictures (photographer Mary Wickman)


“Every study shows that a parent’s education level—particularly the mother’s—is the highest determinant of a child’s academic success. The positive effects are virtually lifelong, as one longitudinal study showed. It found that children of high school graduates pursue more education, get better jobs, make more money and are more optimistic than children whose mothers never graduated.” – Sharon Bonney, executive director of the National Coalition on Adult Basic Education.

Student Success: Ameeta

August 17, 2018

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Ameeta and tutor Michael Green


Congratulations to Ameeta for achieving her GED on May 29th! Ameeta successfully completed the first 3 sections of the GED on her first go-around. The Reading Language Arts section was the final hurdle and she pursued it doggedly until she passed. Several tutors—and the encouragement of her family—helped her along the way towards achieving her goal.

Ameeta and current tutor Michael Green held two 2-hour tutoring sessions per week, with Ameeta working hard the entire time and always asking for homework. She also enlisted her 7th and 8th-grade sons to work with her at home, checking her work so that she could then go over the areas she needed more help with.  Michael says “I told her about a month before she took the test that she should schedule it – giving herself a deadline – and she didn’t balk. She took and passed it on May 29th. It has been an honor and a privilege working with Ameeta.”

Ameeta is now enrolled at AACC with a view towards a career in Physical Therapy. Her desire to be a Physical Therapist assistant was formed when her son, who is now a big, healthy middle-schooler, was born prematurely and needed physical and occupational therapy.

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Literacy Lights The Way 5K Walk-A-Thon

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Please celebrate family literacy with your friends, family, and leashed dogs on Saturday, October 13th at AACLC’s 3rd Annual Literacy Lights the Way 5K Walk-a-Thon. Donation requests are $25 per adult and all proceeds will be used to purchase AACLC student and tutor books for the upcoming 2018/2019 school year. Registration is free for all AACLC students and children ages 16 and under.


2018 Walkathon Brochure

2018 Walkathon Flyer

This fun family walk will begin at 9 a.m. on the beautiful B & A Trail (Marley Station Mall entrance) and participants will receive free snacks, drinks, and a personalized wristband. Plus, all children and dogs who complete the walk will receive a prize this year!
Baltimore & Annapolis (B&A) Trail
Start at trail entrance at Marley Station Mall (Near Penney’s)
7900 Ritchie Hwy.
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
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Lisa Vernon, Executive Director AACLC

Mark your calendars for 3rd Annual Walk-a-Thon

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 13th and make plans to celebrate family literacy with your friends, family, and leashed dogs at AACLC’s 3rd Annual Literacy Lights the Way 5K Walk-a-Thon! This fun family walk will begin at 9 a.m. on the beautiful B & A Trail (Marley Station Mall entrance).

Donation requests are $25 per person and all proceeds will be used to purchase AACLC student and tutor books for the upcoming 2018/2019 school year.

REGISTRATION is free for all AACLC students and children ages 16 and under. Plus, all children and leashed dogs who complete the walk will receive a prize this year! Walk-a-thon participants will receive free snacks and drinks.  CHECK HERE for additional information.

Fall tutor training Sept. 29, 2018

Also, if you, or someone you know, would like to become a literacy or math tutor, please note that our fall tutor training date is set for Saturday, September 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. This will be a one-day extended training and will fill rapidly. Please call 410-269-4419 or email ASAP to reserve a seat.

Kind regards,

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

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Our next tutor training opportunity will be

September 29th
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church
Severna Park, MD

This one-day tutor training will include basic literacy, math, and English Language Learner (ELL) instruction.

We have a class size limit of 35. Training classes fill quickly, so if you, or someone you know, would be interested in attending this training, please email Lisa Vernon at  or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

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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.


The Chrysalis House math and literacy tutoring program is flourishing! Seven women are currently being tutored on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.30 am to noon, and on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Literacy and math goals for these women include earning their GED, improving job skills, and/or successful re-entry into college.

Kiera, a 31-year-old mother of two is a new student who would like to complete her GED this summer. If you are interested in tutoring Kiera in math or reading at the Chrysalis House, please call 410-269-4419 or email Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi at for more information.

The mission of Chrysalis House Inc. is to transform the lives of women and children by providing comprehensive recovery programs and services that support the development of their inherent strengths, talents, and potential.

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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.