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Midterm election resources for tutors and students

As we quickly approach voter registration deadline, the Literacy Council of Buncombe County urges tutors and students to register to vote in these very important midterm elections. If you have moved, changed your name, or changed your party affiliation, you are required to update your voter registration by Oct. 12.  If you are unable to vote on Nov. 6, the last day to request an absentee-by-mail ballot is Oct. 30. You may also choose to register and participate in early voting at the same time with same-day registration, from Oct. 17 through Nov. 3. To find your polling site to vote on Nov. 6 election day, click here.

Legislation is complex and often uses target language to appeal to certain audiences, and many of us can find political jargon difficult to digest. This may be especially true for speakers of other languages and people with fewer literacy skills. Furthermore, there is much controversy surrounding the transparency of the six proposed North Carolina constitutional amendments that will grace the bottoms of our ballots. We strongly encourage tutors to provide non-partisan guidance to help legally-able students register to vote, familiarize themselves with candidates, and seek clarification about the proposed amendments. Click here for a comprehensive guide to candidates, or here for a sample ballot for your district.

Important Dates:

October 12,
5:00 PM

Registration Deadline for November Election

October 17

One-Stop (Early Voting) Begins

October 30,
5:00 PM

Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot for November Election

November 3,
1:00 PM

One-Stop (Early Voting) Ends

November 6

Election Day

 

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Blue Line Media awards the Literacy Council a $100 grant

Community in Action is a new program by Blue Line Media designed to grant money (i.e., donation) to worthy nonprofit organizations. Blue Line Media understands that grants/donations are the lifeline of organizations that work to improve other people’s lives. Grants will be made to those organizations that show a need for dollars to enhance their community.

We appreciate this support from Blue Line Media, every dollar helps to support a student to reach his/her literacy goals.

Increased literacy and English language skills not only provide confidence, but give students the tools they need to change the trajectory of their lives.

Adults with increased literacy and English language skills are better able to participate in our local workforce, economy, and community. Children who can read, write and spell at grade-level have the basic skills they need to be successful in every subject. Through three tutoring programs, over 300 students of all ages increase these skills each and every year.

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Position Announcement: Adult Education & Augustine Project Director

Position Summary

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is seeking an LCBC Logo Color w Tagexperienced and passionate candidate to lead the organization’s Adult Education and Augustine Project programs. These two programs provide tutoring to adults and children who struggle with reading or who are low-literate. Many students in both programs have learning differences, like dyslexia, and live in low-income households.

The Adult Education & Augustine Project Director plans, coordinates, and implements all aspects of the Adult Education & Augustine Project programs, including: training volunteer literacy tutors, performing student intakes, matching students with tutors, tracking student progress, overseeing budget expenditures for instructional materials and curricula, and providing ongoing support to tutors and students. The Adult Education & Augustine Project Director sets goals for program development that are aligned with the organization’s strategic plan and budget.

Required Qualifications

  • A deep commitment to providing educational opportunities to economically disadvantaged adults, youth and those who are from other cultures
  • A bachelor’s degree in education or related field
  • Experience with multisensory instruction, familiarity with Fundations and/or the Wilson Reading System and/or related approach to teaching reading and spelling
  • Experience with program evaluation
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively with the Board of Directors, students, volunteers, staff, and others
  • Ability to be self-directed and work independently, yet collaborate effectively within the organization and in the wider community
  • Exceptional organizational skills with an ability to balance competing, changing priorities
  • Ability to provide sensitive, constructive feedback and instructions to tutors
  • Available to work an average of one evening per week.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in education, reading, curriculum, special education, or related
  • Experience working with low-income or at-risk adults and/or children
  • Experience with program databases

Compensation and Hours

This position is full-time exempt. Annual compensation is $36,000. The Literacy Council offers ten paid holidays and a generous PTO package. The Literacy Council does not provide health benefits at this time.

Application Process

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references via email only to: ashley@litcouncil.com. 

Application Deadline:  May 25, 2018

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2018 Spelling Bee is a Happy Success

The Literacy Council’s 27th Annual Spelling Bee crowned Malaprop’s Buzz Killz as this year’s winners.

The Buzz Killz in all their crowed glory.

The Imagination Librarians judged the event with aplomb despite the weight of their wigs.

JB Media provided the entire judges panel this year, The Imagination Librarians, left to right: Sarah Yerkey, Tara Mele, Dolly Parton, Leah Shapiro, and Mandy Gardner.

It was a fierce competition that came down to the final three teams: The Words & The Bees (Soomo Learning), The Phonetix (ESOL Tutor Team), and The Buzz Killz (Malaprop’s). After The Words & The Bees were eliminated, The Phonetix and The Buzz Killz went head to head to the finish. 

HUGE thanks you to all the teams that competed this year!

Bee Magic—Lily Stejskal
Beenut Butter Spelly Time—Buncombe Partnership for Children & Spellbound Bookshop
The Buzz Kills—Malaprop’s Book Store
The Phonetix – ESOL Tutor Team led by Ben Fehsenfeld
The Stone Cold Jane Austens—Pack Memorial Library
Tremendous Tutors—ESOL Tutor Team 2 led by Sarah Oram
Scattered & Smothered—Jasper Adams
The Words & The Bees – Soomo Learning

BIG bee hugs and thanks to all our in kind donors!

Asheville Bee Charmer 
Asheville Tourists 
Barbara Swell
Chestnut 
Cosmic Groove
Grail Moviehouse
Harvest Records
The Hop
JCC 
Kilwin’s
LaZoom 
Moog 
Nantahala Outdoor Center 
The Gorge/ Green River Adventures 
Southern Highland Craft Guild
YWCA 

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Join the Literacy Council Team in 2018/19

Are you looking for the opportunity to make a difference? The Literacy Council has an exciting opportunity to join our team for a year! Apply today to become the Literacy Council’s next Recruitment and Awareness Coordinator through AmeriCorps. Please follow the link below to fill out your application.

 

Position Description

Join AmeriCorps and “get things done”! Become a NC LiteracyCorps member at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County and improve literacy and English language skills in our community.

NC LiteracyCorps members provide literacy tutoring to youth and adults while building program capacity through volunteer tutor recruitment and management. The LiteracyCorps member working with the Literacy Council of Buncombe County will have the opportunity to:

  • provide direct service tutoring,
  • recruit and orient volunteers,
  • recruit and support students,
  • develop and enhance community partnerships,
  • conduct visibility campaigns,
  • manage a book gifting program, and
  • participate in national days of service.

The Literacy Council’s NC LiteracyCorps member will begin in August 2018 and complete their service year in July 2019. Over the course of the year, the member will become an integral part of the Literacy Council’s full-time team, providing 1,700 hours of service.

The initial application period closes May 21. 2018 but will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Benefits to the Member

NC LiteracyCorps members receive a living allowance of up to $13,732 and qualify for limited health insurance reimbursements. Upon completion of requirements, they are eligible to receive an educational award of $5,920. NC LiteracyCorps members receive training in volunteer management, literacy issues, tutoring strategies, diversity, and leadership skills. The member placed with the Literacy Council will also have a professional development stipend to participate in conferences and seminars throughout the service year.

Qualifications

To serve with the NC LiteracyCorps, the member must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • successfully pass statewide and national criminal background checks
  • be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States

Preferred qualifications are:

  • a deep commitment to providing educational opportunities to economically disadvantaged adults and youth and/or those who are from other cultures
  • excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers, and members of the community
  • outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • a working knowledge of office technology including Microsoft Office suites
  • ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • creative, strategic thinker with excellent organizational skills and ability to track deadlines
  • available to work occasional evenings
APPLY HERE TODAY

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