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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters!

February 24, 2011

Dear Colleagues:

What do 33% of the adult learners in Massachusetts have in common?
They're parents!

All parents want their children to succeed. Adult learners are very often motivated by a strong desire to help their children do well in school. Because Adult Learning Centers are in a unique position to support adult learners in their role as parents, ACLS is offering a two-part professional development series, Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters!, designed to give adult educators the tools they need to support parents. The workshops will feature experts in reading and English language acquisition and participants will leave with "hands-on" strategies and resources to use with parents.

I recently attended a Quinceaneros (15th birthday party) in Lynn. It was an opportunity to see old friends and former students including Alba and her daughter, Jasmine. Alba is a Guatemalan immigrant who participated in Operation Bootstrap's family literacy program - 15 years ago. Alba struggled to learn English while raising two daughters and working in a low-skill, low-wage job. Through the program, she learned how to be a partner with her children's school and teachers and she learned how to support her children's literacy development in the home.

Fast forward 15 years and Alba's English was okay. She still works at the same job. But something changed in her family. Her daughter, Jasmine was 5 years old when I knew her. Now, she's a beautiful young woman. Alba turned to Jasmine and said; "Tell Anne what you do" and Jasmine turned to me and said, "I'm a junior at Harvard".

I urge you to participate in this series. The work you do not only impacts the adults in your program but it also extends to their children. Parents will thank you for helping them acquire the skills and knowledge they need to help their children achieve the American dream.

To register, please visit: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BXASFFSA9/
If you are interested, register soon because seating is limited!

With Literacy in Mind,

Anne Serino



Last Updated: March 1, 2011
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