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The neuroscience of deep reading will make you want to curl up with a great book. “Deep reading nurtures true empathetic connection to your fellow humans. In these difficult and lonely times, who couldn’t use a little more of that?”

Written by Jessica Stillman

CLICK HERE to read the whole article

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AACLC tutors have a passion for reading, writing, and/or math, a love for learning, and a desire to make a positive difference in another person’s life and in their community. Tutor Cheri Gerard, who took the March 16th spring tutor training as a refresher course and is soon to be matched with both an English Language Learner (ELL) and a math student, beautifully illustrates the passion, integrity, and talents of AACLC’s tutors.

Cheri was trained as an ELL teacher by Peace Corps in 1978 and served as an English teacher in Zaire from 1978 through 1981. Additionally, she lived in Africa for 14 years, speaks French and Kikongo, and understands the difficulties that folks experience in acclimating to a new country, culture, and language. She has also studied Swahili, Kipende, Lingala, Luganda, Russian, and Spanish!

Math has always been one of Cheri’s favorite subjects, and she enjoys making math fun for others. Cheri was a budget analyst for the federal government (9 years) and then for the State of Maryland (20 years).

The Color Vowel Chart

March 27, 2019

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This is a powerful tool for teaching spoken English and helps teachers incorporate pronunciation into lessons. Click the link above to check out the chart, the teacher’s guide, and the webinar on how to teach with The Color Vowel Chart.
Created by the U.S. Department of State.
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Read the whole article: “It’s Important To Read Every Day” by David Bruce Smith Publications

  1. Cognitive Mental Stimulation and Brain Exercising
  2. Vocabulary and Knowledge Expansion
  3. Lower levels of Stress and Tension Relief
  4. Helps With Depression and Dysthymia
  5. Memory Improvement and Better Focus
  6. Strengthens Your Writing Abilities
  7. Enhances Your Imagination and Empathy
  8. Boosts Your Sleep
  9. Enjoy Your Entertainment and Peace
  10. Reading Can Brighten Your Day
  11. Helps You to Broaden Your Mind
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What a great tutor class!

AACLC welcomes these talented new tutors who were trained and matched with students at our Spring 2019 Tutor Training.

A big thank you also goes out to tutor trainer coordinator Jill Mischo along with trainers Dr. Perinaaz Gandhi, Susann Felton, Bob and Mary Anne Stoner, Anita Ewing, Phil Tawes, Emily Clement, Michael Green, Kathy Lotterbach, Ellen Riley, Jane Seis, JoAnn Cook, former student LaToya Saunders, and presenter NEDP coordinator Susan Peters.

Follow-on Training April 27, 2019

Please note that our Follow-On training is scheduled for April 27th from 9-11 a.m. at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.

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Tutoring Students With Dyslexia Workshop

Come learn about dyslexia and some strategies to help your students
living with dyslexia.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church
Saturday, March 30th
9:00 a.m. to noon

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Jane Seiss at or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

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Please join us for a night of fun and celebration!

Date: Thursday, April 25th
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Place: Woods Memorial Church
Severna Park, MD

A fabulous buffet dinner will be followed by a short but exciting program to celebrate our 247 student/tutor matches and our 42nd anniversary serving Anne Arundel County County Executive Steuart Pittman will be our keynote speaker.

Please RSVP below as soon as possible and also print out the invitation to give to your student.


Student Invitation

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It’s National Reading Month!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March is designated as National Reading Month – a month to motivate Americans of all ages to read every day. The article “10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day” explains why reading can calm nerves, increase vocabulary, improve memory, and so much more!

Please grab your calendar and make note of several upcoming events. There is a Dyslexia workshop opportunity on Saturday, March 30th from 9 a.m. – noon, and a workshop for our English Language Learner (ELL) tutors on Tuesday, March 20th from 6-8 p.m. Both workshops will be held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severa Park. If you are interested in attending either of these workshops, please contact tutor coordinator Jane Seiss at as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

We are already at capacity with 200 reservations for our April 25th Annual Appreciation dinner! If you have not yet reserved a seat and would like to attend, a wait list has been started in case of possible cancellations. Please contact for more information.

Kind regards,

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director


Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
301-523-6750 (cell)
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By Tom Sticht, International Consultant in Adult Education (Ret.)

“In 1890… the economist Alfred Marshall wrote, “The most valuable of all capital is that invested in human beings; and of that capital, the most precious part is the result of the care and influence of the mother” (cited in Cunha & Heckman, 2009, p. 2)…

“In particular, it is argued that money spent on the education of women who are or are about to become mothers can produce ‘double duty’ effects. Monies spent on the education of women contribute not only to the development of the women, but also to the educational participation and achievement of their children.”

Excellent article. Click here to read it in its entirety:

Educating Mothers to Increase Family Literacy