New Training Model for Augustine Project Tutors

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circleThe Literacy Council trains Augustine Project volunteers to tutor low-income children who read, write or spell below grade level. In the past, tutors have been required to complete two weeks of face-to-face training, which created a barrier for many interested volunteers.

To make the tutoring experience more accessible, we are piloting a Hybrid Training Model. This new training only requires 16 hours of face-to-face pre-service training. To ensure that Hybrid Training Model volunteers are still fully prepared to tutor struggling young readers, the additional training content is delivered online and through follow-up lesson observations.

Training Dates

The Hybrid Training Model will be offered for the first time November 11-12 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Literacy Council. Approximately 10 hours of online instruction will be required before attending.

Training Content

Augustine Project volunteer tutors in the Hybrid Training will learn about:
  • the essential elements of reading instruction
  • current brain research on dyslexia
  • the impact of poverty on literacy
  • syllable types in the English language
  • multisensory learning and the Wilson Reading System
Tutors will learn to use Orton-Gillingham methodologies and Wilson Reading System materials. The program provides the curriculum and lesson plans needed to be successful in teaching a child to read. New tutors will also practice their new skills by delivering their first lessons to a student under the supervision of an experienced mentor.

Qualities of a Great Tutor

It is not necessary to have a background in teaching or education to be a successful Augustine Project tutor! We look for tutors that: 
  • can make a school-year commitment of providing two 50-minute lessons per week
  • have patience and an open mind
  • are sensitive to cultural and learning differences
  • have a GED or high school diploma
  • are willing to undergo a background check

Learn More and Sign Up

Contact Niki Paganelli at niki@litcouncil.com or 828-254-3442 x202 to learn more and sign up for the upcoming tutor training. Click here to read more about the Augustine Project program. 

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“Buy it Now” at the Authors for Literacy Silent Auction!

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This year we are offering a new twist on the Authors for Literacy Silent Auction.

We have always offered a Buy It Now price for items at the bottom of each bid sheet. If you purchase the item at the Buy It Now price, the item is no longer up for bidding–it is guaranteed yours! 

This year there will also be one table with specially selected items that will only be Buy It Now priced — they are not up for bidding. That means if you want it, you pay the set price without having to compete with other bidders.

If you choose to Buy It Now (either at the bottom of a regular item’s bid sheet or by purchasing a specialty “Buy It Now Only” item), you may pay for Buy It Now items on the spot, without waiting in the check-out line at the end of the evening.

Three Advantages to Buy It Now:

  • No one can out-bid you
  • You may check out any items that you purchase at a Buy It Now price immediately
  • Your gift will make a significant difference for Literacy Council students

A few of this year’s items:

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Imagination Library Waiting List Temporarily CLOSED

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Important Update Aug. 7, 2017

dpil launchIncreasing interest

We have received an unprecedented amount of interest in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library over the past two months, leading to an explosion of the waiting list. While the state of North Carolina did pass a budget with funds to expand the program in the state, we have not been informed of if or when we might receive funding (or how much!) to further expand beyond our current 500-child capacity. 

Reaching our dreams

Please know that it is our intention to expand this program to as many children in Buncombe County as is financially possible. Right now, we do not have additional funding to serve more than 500 children per month. We hope that the state budget will impact enrollment positively. At this time it is unclear when we will have information about this from the state, but we are working closely with our partner Buncombe Partnership for Children to gather information as quickly as possible.

Right now, the waiting list is a year and a half long.

We know that it is not fair to add families to a waiting list on which they could have to wait multiple years under our current capacity, particularly if their children are likely to age out of the program while on the waiting list.

A temporary solution

We have therefore decided to temporarily stop accepting registrations for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library waiting list at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County. Registrations postmarked Aug. 6, 2017 or earlier will still be added to the waiting list. We will continue to pursue information (together with Buncombe Partnership for Children) from the state about whether we qualify for funding through the state budget. If we receive funding in order to serve additional children, we will reopen the waiting list for new registrations. This will be announced on the Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s website and Facebook page

Please don’t forget, if your child lives in Swannanoa, Black Mountain, or Montreat they are eligible to register through the Black Mountain Rotary Club, which does not currently have a waiting list. Click here to register with them

We ask for your patience as we pursue the opportunity to expand this program. We share your goal of serving as many children as possible in our community. 

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Authors for Literacy VIP tickets available now

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Would you like to spend one-on-one time with Ann Patchett? Purchase VIP tickets today!

The Authors for Literacy VIP reception includes the opportunity to spend one-on-one time taking pictures and talking with the keynote speaker, Ann Patchett. VIP guests will also enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine at the Renaissance Hotel Top of the Plaza — one of downtown Asheville’s most spectacular viewpoints. VIP passes cost $500 and include two general admission tickets to the Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction, as well as two tickets to the VIP reception.

The reception is at the Top of the Plaza, 12th floor, from 5:30-6:15 pm. VIP Tickets include passed hors d’oeuvres.  Space is limited.

Purchase tickets online

For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, contact LuAnn Arena at 828-254-3442 x206 or luann@litcouncil.com

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Free Passes Available to Local Attractions

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Buncombe County Public Libraries recently launched a new program to give library card holders access to free passes for local museums and attractions. It’s called a ZOOM pass, and anyone with a library card has access to the program.

zoomThis creates an opportunity for Literacy Council tutors to take their students on field trips to museums and hubs of community life–at no cost. Consider using a ZOOM pass to accompany your ESOL student to a place they have never been and practice their English skills in a new environment. Or take your Adult Education student to a museum and practice reading the venue map, signs, or exhibit descriptions together. Or just take your student somewhere new in celebration of achieving a personal literacy goal!

Click here to make your reservation with your library card number, then pick up your pass at Pack Library and enjoy your day

Current ZOOM Passes Available:

How does it work?

1) Request the pass online:

  • Have your library card handy and click here
  • Search for the location and date that you would like to reserve.
  • Click on the museum/attraction name to see how many adults and children gain entry with each pass.
  • Click “Request Pass” for the location and date that you would like to reserve. 
  • Enter your library card number.
  • Confirm your request details.
  • Check your email for a confirmation of your reservation.

2) Pick up your pass:

Take your library card to the Youth Services Desk downstairs at Pack Library (downtown Asheville) to pick up your pass up to 48 hours before your visit.

3) Use your ZOOM pass:

Take your ZOOM pass to the museum or attraction for FREE admission. 

Special notes

  • Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance and you may visit each attraction once every 30 days. Reservations are made online only.
  • The pass will be good for your reservation day only and can only be used by you and your guest(s).
  • Your reservation may be canceled up to one day in advance. You can use the “My Passes” link on the web page to manage and cancel your reservations. 

 

This program was funded by the Buncombe County Friends of the Library.

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