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Wanted: BEST Plus Trainer

The Finger Lakes RAEN is looking for a trainer to provide 10 -12 RAEN facilitated BEST Plus and BEST Plus Scoring Refresher Training sessions annually to adult education staff.

Existing test administrators would contact the Finger Lakes RAEN office for an interview and then submit an application to become a BEST Plus trainer. The trainer certification process includes observing a training session, videotaping two administrations of BEST Plus, successfully completing a scoring activity, and conducting a training workshop with an experienced BEST Plus trainer. The initial cost of becoming a certified BEST Plus trainer is $500, a fee that will be paid by the RAEN. All trainers are required to be recertified every two years. For details go to Trainer_Certification_Overview.doc

LVR Presents Awards

At their annual Awards & Recognition Ceremony on June 10, 2015, Literacy Volunteers of Rochester presented its advocates, tutors, and students with awards for service and numerous accomplishments.Nicole Viggiano LVR award

Bob Mahar, Executive Director of LVR, presented Nicole Viggiano, with a Friend of Literacy Award. Nicole is the Director of the Office of Community Education, Greece Central School District and Coordinator of its Literacy Zone.

Among the awardees were State Senator Joe Robach who received the President’s Literacy Award and Doris Leve, (LVR President from 1984-1988) who with the late Nan Oster (LVR President from 1970-73) received the 2015 Ruth J. Colvin Founders Award.


Senate Bill Reduces Funding for Education

On June 25, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which administer the education and workforce programs that serve low-income people, for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The Senate majority bill, much like last week’s House bill, cuts $331 million from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs, including $41 million from WIOA Title I Youth activities and $40 million from adult employment and training activities. The bill also cuts $29 million from the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) and an additional $6 million from AEFLA national leadership activities.

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Celebrate International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day will be celebrated on September 8th, 2015.  Communities around the world will bring attention to those who cannot read or write.

Approximately 775 million people- 64% of whom are women- are functionally illiterate. In other words, they lack the basic reading and writing skills to manage daily living and employment tasks. In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 as International Literacy Day. Since this proclamation, schools, organizations and communities around the world have united to promote awareness with the hope to one day eradicate this ongoing human rights violation.

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