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Join your colleagues from around Chicago to learn effective practices for running a strong literacy program. Topics include volunteer management, student retention, fundraising, and more. Sessions occur 3-4 times annually.
Special Topics trainings are geared for tutors and literacy professionals who have been working in the field and seek fresh approaches and tools for their practice. Offered 5-6 times annually, these evening sessions cover in-demand subject areas, such as special learning needs and ESL and ABE writing.
- The requirements for applying for citizenship
- A typical U.S. naturalization timeline, from start to finish
- Community resources for immigration-related legal assistance
- The components of the naturalization interview (the “test”)
- Engaging and effective teaching activities for one-on-one tutoring and group classes
- Support for low-literacy students
- Free online resources through USCIS for citizenship teachers and tutors
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Job Readiness Skill Builders: Help your Learner with Resumes, Applications, Interviews, & More!
- Learn strategies to help your adult learner or client with resumes, applications, interviews, networking, and more.
- Understand cultural differences between you and your adult learner or client.
- Manage boundaries around what you can help with and what only a staff
member should handle.
- Identify the types of jobs that adult education students commonly apply for,
and the skills that managers look for when hiring.Receive activity suggestions and resources to use right away.
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Peer Learning is a multi-session workshop that gathers adult literacy program coordinators to more deeply explore solutions to a current challenge facing the field. Each series typically comprises four sessions.
Recognizing and Addressing the Need: Effective Intake, Referral and Peer Communication Pathways
At this training, we will look at the details of creating a user-friendly, effective framework for connecting your students to social services. Care will be taken to consider your agency’s particular needs and capacity. Discussion points will include:
- Student behaviors to look for that may indicate a need for services
- Tools to facilitate cross-departmental and agency-to-agency communication and cooperation
- Connecting ESL students to services when they have limited English
- Navigating boundaries and privacy between students, staff, teachers and tutors
- Crisis management basics
- The relationship between social service supports and student persistence
This program is designed for adult education teaching staff and other staff members at your agency.
Friday January 26, 2018
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
2032 N Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614
Partner Spotlight events offer information about community resources of interest to adult educators and learners.
Parents Active in Children’s Education Professional Development (PACE PD) is a training series for staff in family literacy programs, early childhood centers, schools, and other parent engagement settings. Participants learn effective ways to communicate with parents who may have low literacy and promote parent involvement in their children’s education.
How to Register for Professional Development Sessions
Please contact our Program Associate at 773-822-8242 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for Capacity Builders, Special Topics, Peer Learning, and PACE PD. If you are employed by a Literacy Works member agency, the training is free. If you are unaffiliated, the fee for Capacity Builders, Special Topics, and Peer Learning is $20. PACE PD sessions are $25.
Registration for Workforce Development trainings is through the Chicago Jobs Council. Please visit their website to sign up.