Posted by Shelli Pride on December 29, 2016
Posted by Shelli Pride on September 12, 2016
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is Sept. 26 – Oct. 1, 2016 This yearly event is sponsored by the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), National-coalition-literacy.org Check out the NCL fact-sheet to learn more about the importance of improving America’s literacy rates. WRAE is committed to investing in our students’ literacy skills. We strive to see our students attain success and improve the prospects for themselves and their families.
Each year, the NCL promotes a week to celebrate literacy, yet, it is important to champion literacy all year long. The celebration week focusing on literacy brings attention to the dire circumstances people can find themselves in if they are functioning below literate levels. Improving literacy improves lives! It is more than being able to read bed-time stories to your children. Literacy brings independence, freedom, choice, and power. Yes, and precious snuggle time with our kids which has the added benefit of improving their literacy skills.
Many adult education programs will bring to the forefront the importance of literacy thanks to this literacy-promoting week, but know literacy is important to us all the time. It drives our instruction and program planning. It is vital to achieving goals and gaining success.
Here is some facts and statistics related to literacy: http://hccbbooks.com/reasons-to-read-giveaway/Infographic.pdf
Starting young is important, but remember, wherever you are, is a great time to start!
Coincidentally, the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates Banned Books Week during the same exact dates as the AEFL Week. What better time to read a banned book than during a week-long celebration of reading. Now is the time to check out your local library for suggestions of banned books to read. You might be surprised to learn what it takes for a book to make this infamous list and equally surprised to find books you would never had thought to be controversial that actually have been challenged at one time or another (or on a daily-basis!). See below for more information about Banned Book Week from the ALA website:
Banned Books Week - September 26 - October 1, 2016
Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read since 1982, is observed the last week of September. Each year, librarians, booksellers, teachers and countless others take this opportunity to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and remind us not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Contact ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) with questions.
Posted by Shelli Pride on September 9, 2016 | Read more in: Events
Why is Reading so Important?
3 Individual Reasons and 3 Social Reasons
1. Readers have enhanced smarts.
Obvious, right? Well, it turns out that reading helps in almost every area of smarts. Those that read have higher GPA’s, higher intelligence, and general knowledge than those that don’t. In Anne E. Cunningham’s paper What Reading Does for the Mind, she found that reading, in general, makes you smarter, and it keeps you sharp as you age.
No matter what you want to do or become, you can’t do it without more knowledge. Reading is an excellent way to get where you want to go.
(From Glen Stanbury’s Blog found at http://lifedev.net/2009/06/reading-makes-you-better/)
2. Readers improve the world.
On the “The Reading Project” web site Carolyn Martin of Cornell University refers to an NEA survey and explains, “People who read for pleasure are many times more likely than those who do not to visit museums and attend concerts, and almost three times as likely to perform volunteer and charity work. Readers are active participants in the world around them, and that engagement is critical to individual and social well-being.”
3. Readers benefit personally.
Readers improve their self-esteem, develop self-discipline, get better jobs, improve their conversations by having something to discuss, forge social bonds (including friend-to-friend and parent-to-child), reduce boredom, relieve stress, lower anxiety, recover from trauma (bibliotherapy), and may actually raise their IQ’s.
(From Impact Publishing found at http://impactpublishingonline.com/index.php/reading/)
1. Improves the Safety of Society
“Up to 80% of incarcerated individuals are functionally illiterate; studies show that if a child reads on grade level by the end of 3rd grade, there is a 99% certainty that child will never be incarcerated; school performance, more than any other single factor, is a major contributor as to whether a youth becomes involved in drugs or violence.”
2. Improves Education Success
Education success is very dependent on reading abilities. This quote from the Warren Bolton emphasizes how importantreading skills are for education success:
“Today in America, more than 11 million children 5 years old and younger are living in poverty. Millions of these children will arrive at their first day of kindergarten bright, eager and happy — but with deficits in their reading readiness that leave them underprepared to read and learn along with classmates sitting in the chairs beside them… Sadly, starting one step behind decreases the likelihood that those smiling, eager children will ever catch up. Despite the billions of dollars Americans have invested in reading recovery programs, those children are at increased risk for absenteeism, dropping out, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.”
3. Improves the Standard of Living
In accordance with the previous two points, literacy can help improve the standard of living, as exposed in this statistic:
Only 50% of low-income 4th graders read at or above the basic level according to the Department of Education’s 2007 Nation’s Report Card.
(3 Social Reasons from Angela Stevens’ blog found at http://www.readinghorizons.com/blog/post/2010/06/10/3-Ways-Literacy-Can-Improve-Society.aspx)
Posted by Lisa Robertson on September 5, 2013
Posted by Lisa Robertson on October 3, 2012 | Read more in: Events
February 29, 2012 - Adult Education Day at the Hall of Flags
Windham Raymond students, Robin Freeman and Sagal Ugass, met with state representatives at the Hall of Flags Day at the Capitol in Augusta. They discussed the importance of Adult Education as an option for High School Completion, college readiness classes, and business training. Sagal was even invited to return as a special guest of the Senate! Thank you both for representing WinRay AE so well!
Posted by Lisa Robertson on March 7, 2012 | Read more in: Events
Check out our advertisement for Windham Raymond Adult Education's Academic Program on YouTube and Facebook:
Three members of the Bills family graduated this past June from Windham Adult Education. To read their story in the Windham Independent, click on the link http://www.keepmecurrent.com/lakes_region_weekly/news/article_bfb134e9-780a-57dc-8a48-cb2def3ca178.html
Posted by Lisa Robertson on August 25, 2009 | Read more in: Windham Adult Education in the News
On June 11, 2009, Windham Adult Education held their graduation ceremony. Fifty-eight adult learners earned their High School credential. It was the largest graduating class in the history of Windham Adult Education.
Posted by Margie Genereux on August 25, 2009 | Read more in: Windham Adult Education in the News