Welcome to Literacy Coalition of Colorado.


The Literacy Coalition of Colorado promotes and fosters adult literacy in all forms with ongoing professional development opportunities, volunteer training and referrals, and other projects to meet the changing needs of adult literacy agencies in Colorado. We are dedicated to supporting programs whose mission is adult education, in all forms, and the opportunities these programs create so businesses can hire, people can work and families can thrive.


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The goal of Literacy Coalition of Colorado is to train and place qualified volunteers with organizations looking for your skills to make a real difference.
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Programs that need Volunteers?

Are you an organization that is looking for qualified and trained volunteers for adult literacy? Literacy Coalition of Colorado can provide those volunteers, trained and professional.
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Upcoming Events

Free Volunteer Workshops For New or Experienced Literacy Tutors
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

At the Jeffco Family Literacy Bldg., 5280 W. Ohio St. (Ohio at Sheridan Blvd.)
Check-in and continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.; Workshops from 9 a.m. to 1l:45 a.m.

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Workshop 1 – Authentic Conversation: Encouraging ESL Students to Speak and Listen – How can teachers and tutors encourage ESL students to speak more? We’ll begin by briefly examining the research in second language speaking. Then we will discuss strategies that help students negotiate meaning, increase fluency, and improve pronunciation. A handout with ready-to-go activities will be included.

Presenter Mary Jo Sobocinski has taught Adult ESL in Jefferson County for 18 years and ABE/Literacy for 2 years. She has a BA in English from Penn State, a teaching certificate from the University of Colorado at Denver, and an ABEA from the Colorado Department of Education.
9:00-10:15 a.m.: Workshop 2 , ESL Reading and Writing Strategies – Part 1 – This is a two part presentation. Part 1 will be a mini-lecture on basic reading and writing strategies. Participants will learn key strategies and teaching/learning tools, such as basic sentence structure, basic paragraph structure, basic reading skills and patterns of organization, parts of speech, transition words, graphic organizers, and more to help ESL students improve their basic reading and writing skills. A list of transition words will also be provided.

Presenter Ranee Cervania, PhD – With an MA in ESL, a PhD in Education and 40 years of teaching experience in higher education under her belt, Ranee Cervania regularly provides professional development workshops to Adult Ed/ESL/GED instructors and volunteers.

10:15-10:30 a.m. – 15-minute Break between Workshops – Time for a bathroom visit or a cup of coffee

10:30-11:45 a.m.: Workshop 3 – ESL Reading and Writing Strategies – Part 2. This workshop will be a practical application of the strategies presented in Part 1. Participants will have an opportunity to apply and evaluate the effectiveness and/or ineffectiveness of these learning strategies and tools, and discuss how these strategies can be implemented in their own classrooms or with students they are tutoring.

Presenter Ranee Cervania, PhD – See bio in Workshop 2, Part 1 above.

10:30-11:45 a.m.: Workshop 4 –Reading Success for Adult Learners: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition – Come join Lorna Idol for an exploration of proven and effective strategies for improving beginning reading performance. These research-based strategies are documented in a large follow-up study (1078-2007) of 663 students of all school ages who experience difficulty with reading. The students had learning disabilities, mild mental retardation, behavior challenges, were at risk for school failure or were transitioning from speaking Spanish to English and experiencing literacy problems. In this session, we will explore strategies for guiding adult learners to hear the sounds in words (phonemic awareness), learn to manipulate and utilize sound-letter relationships (phonics) and to recognize unfamiliar words that are not phonetically sound.

Presenter Lorna Idol, PhD is an Educational Consultant and former university professor tenured in special education and literacy education specializing in learning/reading disabilities. She has worked with Collaboration in the Schools, is a well-published author and former Editor –in-Chief of the journal, Remedial and Special Education. One of her works, Reading Success: A Specialized Literacy Program for Students with Challenging Learning Needs, has impressive student achievement data with gains ranging from 2.0 to 6.0 months curricular progress per month of tutorial instruction. Currently Dr. Idol is interested in supporting school agencies in coordinating literacy instruction for struggling readers with the Response to Intervention Model and in working with volunteer literacy programs for adults.

Registration can be made by email or phone. Please indicate your name, telephone number (in case of cancellations), and the workshops you would like to attend (#1 – 4).

To register by Email send to: wmezo@jeffco.k12.co.us
by phone to: 720-233-7924.

Space is limited so be sure to register early. You will be contacted if a workshop is full so that you can choose an alternate.

Benefits of Literacy

In Colorado today, there are over 585,000 people aged 16+ with no high school diploma. That number will most likely grow dramatically as the high school drop out rate in the state is 32% and a dismal and discouraging 54% in the city of Denver. Long term we must identify the key issues to reducing this extremely high drop out rate. We all have a vested interest in education that produces graduates that become productive citizens.
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The Literacy Coalition of Colorado works on a strict budget and all donations will be used for services like volunteer training events, program benefits and services for the class attendees.
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