Archive for June, 2011


The Write to Read Summer session 2011 begins on June 13th. During the months of June, July and August, there will be several Reading Clubs offered to second language learners, computer labs and two workshops open to tutors and learners. See below for a description of the workshops. Participants must sign-up to attend any Write to Read class or workshop. You must be a current student or tutor. Please call (510) 745-1480 to register.


Taught by Sandra Barton.

Fun with Writing

Tuesday, July 12th, 6-8:30 p.m. 

Join us in exploring different writing methods, strategies, and other fun ways to get our brains geared toward the writing process.  This workshop is for teachers, tutors, and adult learners who would like to practice different, non-traditional ways to approach writing. We will aim to write and to look at some of writing’s different rhetorical components, such as: narration, description, cause / effect, and process The key concepts we will be focusing on are: vocabulary/word choice, brainstorming/drafting, and organizing/composing. You will leave this workshop with materials and fun, new ways to get started writing!

Introduction to Basic Math

Tuesday, July 26th, 6-8:30 p.m. 

In this workshop, we are going to first learn why we DO or DON’T like math. There will be an exploration of how we learn and don’t learn math.  We will discuss the purpose of math in everyday life and different strategies of how it can be taught, as well as learned.  Throughout the workshop, we will be discussing vocabulary, and how teaching affects learning. The math content will focus on Multiplication, Division, Decimals, Fractions, and Percents.  The strategies offered in this workshop are intended for instructors, tutors, and adult learners.


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               The Adult Learner Leadership Institute (ALLI) program was founded by a man who was learner like me and you. His name was Henry Huffman. My first day was on January 5, 2011. Like many people, I was scared because I thought why did they pick me to go to a leadership class. When I got there, the people welcomed me with a hugs and great big smiles. I thought what a nice place to be – friendly, outgoing and everyone had nothing but positive things to say.
                We began by introducing ourselves and sharing which library we came from. Faye Comb was the first speaker to tell us about ALLI (leadership class) and a little bit about how she came to the Adult Literacy Program. Then she went on to talking about the leadership program, and how she has been doing these classes for awhile now. The first day we spent talking about how they were going to equip us with tools we need to be a leader – Setting and Achieving Goals, Self Esteem, Advocacy and much more. They taught me so far that anyone can be a leader. A good leader is someone who can listen, take criticism, advice from their co-workers, friends, family and anyone who has an opinion about what you are doing, and to learn from it because you don’t have all the answers. We can learn from one another how to succeed in life and be an advocate for others who can’t do it for themselves. ALLI has taught me that I want to speak for those who trust me and appointed me to be their representative, for them, that’s what a leader does. Speak out against what you oppose whether they are work issues, voting, or your rights as a human being. That’s just some of the things this program has to offer you. It teaches you valuable lessons that you can take away with you and apply it to your everyday life. 

          Come join me next year at ALLI to learn the skills and be a leader for yourself, and your community. I promise you the commitment for six months is worth the time and the effort it takes. When it’s all said and done for me, to take this journey was well worth the time that I sacrificed to be a part of this tremendous group.

Update: Denise completed the Adult Learner Leadership Institute at the Benicia Library. The six-month leadership training was sponsored by Bay Area Literacy Network and the California State Library. She graduates on June 11th. Congratulations, Denise!

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