On the Road to Literacy

 27th Annual On the Road to Literacy Conference

Thank you to everyone who made it a success!


Maureen Meehan, Dorothy Miaso, John McLeod, and Alex Crevi present the Literacy Leader Legacy Award to      Governor Jim Edgar


Conference Schedule: April 21th, 2018

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome Session
9:30 a.m. Round One Workshops
10:30 a.m. Round Two Workshops
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Round Three Workshops
1:30 p.m. Awards Presentation

Special thanks to all of this year's workshop presenters!

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Governor Jim Edgar is honored with the Literacy Leader Legacy Award

 
Celebrating 30 Years: A Retrospective on the State Literacy Office
 
Credits: Reynaldo Dumas; Studio Lumina Entertainment Inc.
 

 



From left: Jennifer Foster, Deputy Director, Illinois Community College Board; Carolyn Deneen, Assistant Program Director, VITA, accepting for Margaret Sents; Gail Fox, PhD, Associate Director, UIC Center for Literacy; and Alex Crevi, President of the Board, Literacy Volunteers of Illinois.

Tutor of the Year Award
Margaret Sents
Volunteers in Teaching Adults - Oakton Community College, Skokie

Margaret Sents is a retired reading specialist who wholeheartedly embraces volunteerism locally as well as globally. For the past ten years, she has been an active literacy tutor in Oakton Community College’s VITA program. Because of her background, she tutors learners in the lowest levels. 

The best of tutors recognizes that learning can only take place when the learner has his/her basic needs met. A few years ago, one of Margaret’s learners was facing homelessness. She helped him connect with the necessary social service agencies in order to retain his home. This is but one example of the good will and empathy that makes Margaret an outstanding volunteer.

Margaret works with developing learners who need lots of support and do not necessarily have strong test scores. Her current learners have begun to volunteer to answer questions and share thoughts with the whole class during discussion time. This is a big accomplishment because it shows that their level of confidence has grown. Under Margaret’s steady and gentle tutelage, her learners thrive and grow, achieving their goals in their new homeland.

 
Outstanding Tutor Awards


Don Bartak, Adult Literacy Institute at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights

“Mr. Bartak has been honored by the Secretary of State of Illinois and the Illinois Press Association for his exceptional work as a math tutor,” says his nominator Dora Ivory. He was also a Spotlight on Service Award winner in 2008, and his dedication has not flagged, as he volunteered for 954 hours in 2015. There are times when Don gets discouraged, but when his students achieve milestones, he feels it right along with them.


Sheila Dickson, Adult Literacy Institute at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights

“Ms. Dickson epitomizes the meaning of ‘touching lives and lifting spirits,’” says Dora Ivory, her nominator. In the 533 hours Sheila spent at the Adult Literacy Institute in 2015, she has encouraged creativity in her classroom and created an environment that her students love to learn in. She makes reading fun, they say, and that she always has a smile on her face.


Ron Happach, Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, Jump Start at IYC-Kewanee

“Ron is 83 years old and he still loves to tutor the youth at IYC-Kewanee,” Etta LaFlora, his nominator, says. Ron has dedicated 500 hours to service in 2015, even attempting to come in when the weather makes it hard to travel because he doesn’t want to let his students down. He works well with students from all points of the academic spectrum, but he is especially known among the youth as being an excellent math teacher due to his previous career as an engineer. Ron has been instrumental in keeping the program going.


Elaine Hynson, Adult Literacy Institute at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights

“Ms. Elaine Hynson is worth her weight in gold for our Literacy Program,” says her nominator Dora Ivory. In 2015, she dedicated 719 hours towards maintaining SOS statistical data records and tutoring small group classes. Elaine takes the time to explain her lessons to students at their level and in a way they can easily understand. She has been described by her students as wonderful, understanding, patient, and just plain awesome.

Dora Ivory, Adult Literacy Institute at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights

“Dora Ivory’s commitment to Prairie State College, the Adult Literacy Institute, and the communities we serve is exemplary,” says Kim Kunce, Dean of Adult Education and her nominator. She has donated 1,045 hours of her time in 2015 to teaching students, who describe her as fun, caring, and very helpful. She always makes sure everyone gets a chance to speak and answer questions.

Dr. Carolyn Kampe, Adult Literacy Institute at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights

“Dr. Kampe inspires, motivates, and empowers her students to succeed,” Dora Ivory, her nominator, states. She has spent 333 hours in 2015 working with a group of adult learners with special needs and helped her students remember that being disabled “doesn’t mean you can’t be anything you want to be!” Carolyn has been recognized in the past as one of the winners of the 2014 Spotlight on Service Awards for the state of Illinois.

Anna Manson, Adult Literacy Institute at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights

“Ms. Maonson’s constant affirmation of her students’ progress inspires, motivates, and empowers them to continue their goal achievements,” states Dora Ivory, her nominator. She has spent 658 hours in 2015 providing math tutorial support for beginning literacy level students in a small group. Anna’s small math tutorial group has a 99% retention rate and many of her students come to class early and stay late for extra help.


Leatrice Saffore, Adult Literacy Institute at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights

“Ms. Maonson’s constant affirmation of her students’ progress inspires, motivates, and empowers them to continue their goal achievements,” states Dora Ivory, her nominator. She has spent 658 hours in 2015 providing math tutorial support for beginning literacy level students in a small group. Anna’s small math tutorial group has a 99% retention rate and many of her students come to class early and stay late for extra help.

Neha Sharma, Indo-American Center, Chicago

“Even with a busy life and big decisions to make, Neha still finds the time to volunteer with us,” says Laura Smith, her nominator. Neha dedicated 54 hours to tutoring in 2015, despite also taking college classes and studying for the MCAT. Neha’s patience and consistency mean that her students have been making great strides in their English language journey!


Kim Wheeler, Aquinas Literacy Center, Chicago

“Kim’s work is exceptional because she is focused on sharing her love of literacy with others,” Alison Altmeyer, her nominator, says. Throughout her 91.5 hours of service in 2015, she has been gentle, patient, encouraging, and understanding. She tutors one-on-one, but also motivates her learners to continue to advance in English through the book club she leads, in which they have covered The Giver and Esperanza Rising.

Accepting on behalf of Kim was Alison Altmeyer, Executive Director, Aquinas Literacy Center and Kristen Dempsey Pasyk, Volunteer Coordinator, Aquinas Literacy Center.


Amy Zaman, Howard Area Community Center, Chicago

“Amy is a great tutor who understands the needs and motivations of her students,” says her nominator Carol Briggs. Her reliability, kindness, and willingness to show initiative help her develop a great rapport with her students that leaves them looking forward to every meeting with her. Amy has dedicated 38 hours in 2015 to helping her students set and achieve attainable goals and gain confidence.

 Dora Ivory Honored for 29 Years of Service
 
 
Dora's Resolution

Read the proclamation for
Volunteer Literacy Day by
Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Missing any handouts? Here are a few you can download and print!

 

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