Why We Do What We Do!

November 4, 2019

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The need and demand is great for free adult literacy and math tutoring. Here is a sample of recent students seeking AACLC tutors:

  • Walter wants to improve his reading and math skills to enroll in job training college classes.
  • Tarhonda would like to get a GED and enroll in cosmetology school.
  • Jason would like to get his GED so he can open his own bakery/pastry shop.
  • Bernard has been homeless and wants help with his reading and writing skills.
  • Rosalyn has been working towards earning her GED.
  • Antonio would like help with his reading and writing skills to better his life.
  • Alicia and her husband Juan want to improve their English before they take the U.S. citizenship test.
  • Bobby would like to work on his reading skills to improve his job prospects.
  • Mia needs to pass a test to qualify for job advancement and enter other education.
  • Dayany wants to get her driver’s license and find employment.

AACLC GED Student News

November 1, 2019

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 LaToya successfully completed the NEDP program


Make no mistake: learning to read changes your life. The examples below are the kind of accomplishments we see regularly with our students:

  • Anthony got a job and is now preparing for the GED.
  • Ida has finished learning all 4 levels of Breakthrough To Math books and is now preparing for the GED.
  • Michele passed the NEDP Essay.
  • Brooklyn passed the Science test for her GED.
  • Latoya received her high school diploma and is working to pass entrance exams for college.
  • Nicole has completed 2 of the NEDP units and is working on the 3rd unit.

NEDP = The National External Diploma Program

GED = General Education Diploma

Fall 2019 AACLC Tutor Class

October 30, 2019

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Twenty-five new AACLC literacy and math volunteer tutors were trained and matched with students at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 5th. What a great tutor class!

If you would like to become an AACLC literacy or math tutor, please email Lisa Vernon at director@aaclc.org or call 410-269-4419 for more information.

For information on our upcoming Tutor Follow-On Workshop on November 16, 2019, CLICK HERE.

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AACLC student Latoya Saunders and Executive Director Lisa Vernon

Tremendous thanks to Phillips Charitable Foundation for purchasing 10 laptops for AACLC students to use as they pursue their GED, NEDP, or entrance exams for college!
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Tutors! Are you new to tutoring and need a little feedback? Do you have some successful strategies to share? Do you need some strategies to overcome a tutoring challenge?

Come to our Follow-On workshop on Saturday morning, November 16th, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Wood’s Memorial Church in Severna Park, Room 152. (go down the stairs located on the left – hand side of the lobby. At the bottom of the stairs turn right. Room 150 is the second classroom on the left.)

Share how your first sessions are going and how we can help. Learn how to incorporate writing into your lessons and how to use some graphic organizers that can help your student organize her thoughts. Learn where to find informative videos to help you tutor. Our basic tutoring simply can’t cover all the strategies and resources that will make you a successful tutor. Even experienced tutors can use a few refreshing strategies to boost their tutoring skills!


Set your calendars and RSVP to Jane Seiss at jane.seiss@gmail.com or call 410-269-4419.

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AACLC student Latoya Saunders


All tutors working with students seeking a High School Diploma through the National External Diploma Program (NEDP) should attend this workshop, as well as tutors who are considering the possibility of tutoring an NEDP student in the future.

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church:

611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146

Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 9 AM to Noon

Topics to be covered include:

  • How the NEDP works, and what are the requirements
  • The entrance requirements and tests
  • What happens once you get in the program
  • Online review of NEDP actual modules
  • Study skills critical to success with the NEDP
  • Tutoring and coaching roles for AACLC tutors
If you are interested please sign up before Nov 1st by responding to Perinaaz Gandhi perinaazgandhi@gmail.com
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Tutor Ally Hall and her Ft. Meade Army platoon


Beautiful October weather coupled with a fun and energetic group of AACLC and community supporters made for another great walkathon event this year! $8,040 was raised to purchase student and tutor books.

2019 Walkathon Walkers

Our 2019 Walkathon walkers

Thank you!

Tremendous thanks to everyone who participated, including the following groups:
  • Tutor Ally Hall and her Ft. Meade army platoon
  • Artists Anita Ewing and Steve Schulman from the Muddy Creek Artist Guild
  • Emma Seiss and her Severna Park high school friends
  • Circle K International UMBC students
  • Peabody Board members from Johns Hopkin University
  • DJ Dynasty
  • Ryan Seiss as Clifford the Dog
  • Rutor Pam Leutner as AACLC’s photographer
  • Debbie Turner and her delicious gourmet cookies
DJ Dynasty performing at the Walkathon

DJ Dynasty performing at the Walkathon

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Beautiful October weather coupled with a fun and energetic group of AACLC and community supporters made for another great walkathon event this year! $8,040 was raised for AACLC’s October 19th 5K Literacy Lights the Way Family Walkathon. Tremendous thanks to AACLC’s Executive Sponsor Annapolis Koons Toyota and to AACLC’s Major Sponsor Annapolis Sandy Spring Bank, as well as to the Glen Burnie Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Dunkin Donuts, Gambrills Family Veterinary Clinic, and Chick-fil-A for their support for our walkers and their dogs. CLICK HERE for more on our event.

Twenty-five new volunteer literacy and math tutors were trained on October 5th. What a great tutor class! We are always looking to train new volunteer tutors. If you have a passion for reading or math and want to make a positive difference in another person’s life and in your community, contact AACLC by calling 410-269-4419 or emailing director@aaclc.org for more information.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend upcoming tutor workshops on November 9 and 16. Details for both events are shared under “Upcoming Training Events” in the sidebar menu.

Best regards,

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

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

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This excellent blog post by the founder of BookShare shares a wonderful 4-step process to take notes from books you read to help you retain more:

  1. Save new words
  2. Save new expressions
  3. Write a review
  4. Apply or teach what you learned in the book

Click to read the article.

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Massive injections of #adultliteracy education are needed in the US to raise the #reading achievement levels of high school graduates through the intergenerational transfer of #literacy from parents to their children. Read the story by Thomas Sticht .