community literacy trainings

Before you sign up, please note:

media literacy:

navigating real

(and fake) online info

Media Literacy is all the rage right now, but what is it really? Media Literacy takes computer knowledge to a whole new level by teaching participants how to navigate the info they come across while they're online. This skill helps participants recognize what is real and what is fake and explains why it's so important to not share information if you're not sure of its legitimacy. ​

In this training, we'll cover the basics of media literacy and demonstrate some ways to incorporate these skills into your classroom and tutoring sessions. We'll cover some important terms like mis- and disinformation and share lots of resources to help you support your participants in becoming health media consumers (and creators!) 

This training is a part of our Instructional Techniques series and is geared towards adult literacy tutors and teachers (although everyone is welcome)

Date: December 6

Time: 5pm - 6:30pm CST

Location: Zoom


  • Free for members

  • $15 for non-members

literacy action project: collaboration over competition

In the United States, the concept of competition is considered sacred. We obsess over sports games, rally for our favorite politicians, and try to have the scariest house on the block for Halloween. We’re taught from the very beginning that competition is healthy and boosts creativity and innovation. But just because we've done something for a long time, doesn't mean it works.


We propose that by reimagining collaboration as a core value, the nonprofit field can work toward a more inclusive and energized future. In our latest action paper, we explore how capitalistic influences around competition impact progress and equity in the nonprofit sector, including adult education. 

This project from Literacy Works aims to bring thought-provoking ideas that advance social justice principles from discussion to action. Each quarter we'll focus on a new topic and provide resources for you to read, learn, discuss, and act. 

READ: our latest action paper

LEARN: check out the resources and extended learning opportunities

DISCUSS: what you learned in a safe, casual, group

ACT: take this information back to your work to start new conversations


Find our latest action paper here and register for the discussion group below! 

Date: December 7

Time: 5pm - 6:30pm CST

Location: Zoom

Fee: FREE for everyone

creating safe and welcoming intake processes

Before students step foot in a classroom for the first day of tutoring or class, they potentially interact with programs in multiple ways: through flyers or social media, phone calls and emails, forms, the environment of your school itself, and, of course, the intake process.

In this webinar, we’ll explore a variety of topics around creating a safe and welcoming intake process including:

  • Identifying what trauma is and how it impacts the brain

  • How and why plain language and information design support a trauma-informed practice

  • Share ideas for making your intake process more accessible, inviting, and empowering

This training is a part of our Program Operations series and is geared towards adult literacy administrators and coordinators (although everyone is welcome)

Date: December 8

Time: 3pm - 4:30pm CST

Location: Zoom


  • Free for members

  • $15 for non-members

community spotlight: academy of urban school leadership

Calling all tutors and teachers interested in getting a little more teacher training! Join us for a presentation by the Academy of Urban School Leadership to see if you're interested in what they have to offer with their Chicago Teacher Residency program.

 The Chicago Teacher Residency (CTR) is a one-year urban teacher preparation program for individuals with limited to no teaching experience. After one year, individuals who complete the program will receive a Masters's degree from DePaul University as well as a Professional Educator License granted by the State of Illinois that will allow them to begin a rewarding career in Chicago Public Schools. 

If you're intrigued by working in a new field or just want to see what they have to say, this community spotlight is for you! 

Date: December 14

Time: 5pm - 6pm CST

Location: Zoom

Fee: Free for everyone

Communicating around covid: helping folx build health confidence

Throughout this series we've talked a lot about what health professionals and community members can do to help their participants and patients understand and receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In this final session, we're going to focus on how patients can start to advocate for themselves to ensure they're getting the care and information they need. 

We will cover ways that health professionals and community members can encourage and amplify patient advocacy and how you can support your patients and participants to take control of their healthcare. 

Bring your lunch (it's a webinar so your camera is off!) and join us for this great discussion! You can attend one or attend all of them - consistent attendance is not required! 

This lunch and learn is part of an 8-part series around communicating with participants and staff about COVID-19 and the vaccine. We'll be offering two each month until the end of 2021. 

Date: December 15

Time: 12pm - 1pm CST

Location: Zoom

Fee: Free for everyone

Not sure if the organization you work or volunteer for is a member of Literacy Works?
Check out our full member list or email and we can help.