Building Literacy in the Digital Age
|Workshop (90 minutes) = red||Showcase (20 minutes) = green|
|Monday 2/22||Tuesday 2/23||Wednesday 2/24||Thursday 2/25||Friday 2/26|
|Morning||10-11:30 AM: “I Read it But I Don’t Get It”: Strategies to Promote Comprehension||10-11:30 AM: Facilitating Virtual Writing Workshops||10-11:30 AM: Beyond Tutoring: The Power of Mentoring Students|
|Afternoon||2-2:20 PM: Acing the HiSET Essay||1-2:30 PM: Standards- Based Reading Instruction Using the News, Both In-Person and Virtually? Show Me! |
4-5:30 PM: Creating Lesson Plans for Online Instruction
|12-12:20 PM: Mapping Adult Literacy & Numeracy by State & County |
3-4:30 PM: Using
Technology to Advance Learner Capabilities
|1:30-1:50 PM: Community Connect |
2-2:20 PM: Next Chapter Book Club
4-5:30 PM: Document Cameras and Drawing Tablets
|1-2:30 PM: Google Basics|
|Evening||6-6:20 PM: Maine’s Connecting with Opportunities Initiative||6-7:30 PM: Teaching with Short Stories||6-6:20 PM: Developing Rapport in a Digital World|
Workshop Session Descriptions (90 minutes)
“I Read It But I Don’t Get It!”: Strategies To Promote Comprehension
Tuesday, February 23rd from 10-11:30 AM
Susan Bennett-Armistead, UMaine College of Education and Human Development
We read to understand. Unfortunately, some of our learners encounter texts that challenge their comprehension. In this session, we will identify comprehension issues and learn researched-based strategies that improve comprehension.
Standards-Based Reading Instruction Using the News, Both In-Person and Virtually? Show Me!
Tuesday, February 23rd from 1-2:30 PM
Greg Stultz and Rebecca Eller-Molitas, New Readers Press
Greg and Rebecca show how to facilitate evidence-based reading instruction using News for You print and online–in-person or virtually, synchronously or asynchronously. Literacy Volunteers of Bangor subscribes to News for You Online for tutor and student use; all other attendees will receive a free two-week access code to News for You Online.
Creating Lesson Plans for Online Instruction
Tuesday, February 23rd from 4-5:30 PM
Ashleigh Briggs, Briggs Solutions for Business
What are the similarities and differences between teaching in person and online? What should instructors consider when transitioning to a virtual environment for the first time? This session on lesson planning for online instruction will highlight some tools to help instructors and students adapt and model some of the features for engagement available in Zoom: whiteboard, polls, and breakout rooms.
Using Technology to Advance Learner Capabilities
Wednesday, February 23rd from 3-4:30 PM
Virginia Marriner, Domingo Cheleuitte, and Dick Thompson, Literacy Volunteers of Augusta
Join Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta (LVA) to learn about an exciting new program that facilitates virtual learning and helps to address one of the most significant barriers that hinder digital skill development–lack of appropriate technology tools. LVA identified that a future for our agency and the people we serve is through technology. In collaboration with our Technology Consultant, LVA developed a program that provides a uniform device to learners and tutors. This allows for the devices to be set up with the same apps and software, while also operating the same for tutors and learners alike. We will discuss initial start-up, training, funding, support, and security; share policies that guide the program; introduce you to a tutor/learner pair working with the tablets; and provide plenty of opportunity for questions.
Teaching with Short Stories
Wednesday, February 24th from 6-7:30 PM
Eileen McAvoy and Claire Levesque
Short stories are readily available, accessible to students who aren’t yet ready for a longer text. They provide an opportunity to improve reading comprehension, fluency, critical thinking, vocabulary skills, and more. There are many free resources for finding stories and we will explore these. In this session, we lead a discussion of “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant and share tips about incorporating short stories into lessons with adult students at a variety of reading levels. Participants will receive a link to read this story prior to the session along with a list of discussion questions. We will also explore various resources tutors may use in preparing lesson plans for students using short stories.
Facilitating Virtual Writing Workshops
Thursday, February 25th from 10-11:30 AM
Barb Averill, Sara Beech, & Elizabeth Cooke, Literacy Volunteers of Franklin & Somerset Counties
LVFSC had a four-session virtual writing workshop series in July that has become a much anticipated monthly class. This session will be about our process in planning and implementing the pilot series, what we learned, and how the writing workshop has evolved. We will talk about creating accessible writing activities for a wide variety of learners and how we tie our writing activities in with other class topics. There will also be time for participants to experience a mini writing workshop during the presentation.
Tech for Teaching: Document Cameras & Drawing Tablets
Thursday, February 25th from 4-5:30 PM
Vanessa Richards, Ellsworth Adult Education
This year, as much of learning is remote or at least six feet apart, there have been several challenges in working with learners, especially one-on-one. Graphics drawing tablets have been very helpful in giving lessons to learners, both one-on-one and in groups, in-person and remotely. Drawing tablets are affordable, starting at $35, and easy to use. We will discuss how to use the Kami app to open and complete worksheets, ways to use it like a whiteboard, how to record your lesson as a video, how to make notes on a PowerPoint presentation, and how to share files with learners. Drawing tablets can be connected to desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and even phones. We’ll save lots of trees if we transition to this fun digital tool!
Beyond Tutoring: The Power of Mentoring Students
Friday, February 26th from 10-11:30 AM
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor’s Poverty Team: JoAnne Rollins, Gianna Marrs, Claire Levesque, and Eileen McAvoy
In this interactive workshop, our goal is to demonstrate the power of mentoring to empower students to identify and reach their goals. A video case study will be shown for active discussion. We will explore strategies and best practices for literacy tutors and advocates to act as mentors and resource guides for their students.
Friday, February 26th from 1-2:30 PM
Meredith Eaton, Literacy Volunteers of Bangor
Google Applications are free for personal use and offer a wide range of functions, from email to document collaboration and storage to video meetings. In this session for beginners, participants will learn about what Google has to offer and become more closely acquainted with the features of a few useful apps for remote tutoring: Docs, Drive, and Meet.
Showcase Session Descriptions (20 minutes)
Acing the HiSET Essay
Monday, February 22nd from 2-2:20 PM
Emily Nash, Ellsworth Adult Education
Writing the essay required as part of the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) often fills adult students with dread. This showcase session outlines the expectations and scoring for the HiSET essay and gives helpful tips for preparation and test-day approaches.
Maine’s Connecting with Opportunities Initiative
Tuesday, February 23rd from 6-6:20 PM
Doug Dunbar and Leah Gulliver, Eastern Maine Development Corporation
Learn about Maine’s hopeful and life-changing Connecting with Opportunities Initiative. It’s changing the trajectory of many lives and giving people new purpose by opening doors to education, training and employment. This relatively new initiative is one of several “Workforce Development” programs available to assist your students and others in your life who are ready to further their education or secure meaningful employment. Eastern Maine Development Corporation is a non-profit economic development organization headquartered in Bangor and offering services to many areas of the state. Join this energetic presentation to learn about significant services available to support individuals who are unemployed or earning little and need support with education and/or securing a good job.
Mapping Adult Literacy & Numeracy by State & County
Wednesday, February 24th from 12-12:20 PM
Meredith Eaton, Literacy Volunteers of Bangor
Recently released data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a survey conducted in 40 countries, measures key cognitive and workplace skills needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper. This showcase session will introduce the PIAAC Skills Map, then focus on state- and county-level findings comparing Maine and Penobscot County to US data.
Thursday, February 25th from 1:30-1:50 PM
Barb Averill & Sara Beech, Literacy Volunteers of Franklin & Somerset Counties
Our Community Connect classes started as monthly classes that brought presenters from community organizations together with students and tutors for conversational learning about the presenters’ areas of expertise. In response to COVID 19 we began to do weekly classes with participants in their own homes as well as three physical classroom spaces. This presentation will be about why we began Community Connect and how it has changed in response to COVID 19.
Next Chapter Book Club
Thursday, February 25th from 2-2:20 PM
Karen Corbett, Bangor Public Library
Next Chapter Book Club is a community-based book club for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our members (including some who cannot read) love books for the same reasons most people do. We all enjoy being transported to different worlds where we meet interesting characters and learn new things. Taking that journey with a group of friends makes it even more delightful and fun. The Next Chapter Book Club has chapters in the US, Canada, and Europe. Bangor Public Library is the only affiliate in Maine. Learn more about the club, how it started as an affiliate in Bangor, and how we have adapted to a virtual model during the pandemic. Then members of the book club will join us to share their own thoughts and experiences.
Learner Engagement in a Digital World
Thursday, February 25th from 6-6:20 PM
Ashleigh Briggs, Briggs Solutions for Business
Tutoring, teaching, or training while separated by screens can be disorienting, lacking many of the nonverbal cues most of us inherently recognize from in-person interactions. This session will teach strategies to engage participants, check for understanding, and build rapport in a virtual environment, whether interacting with one learner or a group.
Susan Bennett-Armistead, Ph.D.
Karen Corbett is a Reference Librarian at Bangor Public Library and a former Basic Literacy tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.
Doug Dunbar is a Recovery and Re-entry Workforce Specialist at Eastern Maine Development Corporation and a familiar face assisting at Literacy Volunteers of Bangor’s events since 2018. In 2020, he was certified as a Basic Literacy tutor.
Leah Gulliver is the Assistant Director of Workforce Services at Eastern Maine Development Corporation and a former Basic Literacy tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.
Emily Nash is the Humanities Teacher and Orientation Coordinator for Ellsworth Adult Education.