Friday, September 14, 2012

Family Literacy

Cathy Fleischer and Kim Pavlock

Lots of growth and change in the Family Literacy Initiative. Some recent highlights:
• Regional Training Institute: Last May, twenty-three Teacher Consultants and Writing Project Directors from Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan joined us for an all day workshop on how to create and support Family Literacy Initiatives at their own sites. It was a wonderful day, filled with creativity and camaraderie! We look forward to offering more of these—as the interest seems to be there.
Pictures from Family Writing Fun Night at Pattengill Elementary School in Ann Arbor:

• Upcoming NWP Presentation: We were invited by the National Writing Project to present at the Annual Meeting in November in Las Vegas. The National office is very intrigued by our model and wants us to share it with TCs across the country. We’re thrilled by this opportunity!
• Bright Futures Grant Project. We met recently with the director and the site coordinators for the state-funded Bright Futures Project. This project offers afterschool support for at-risk students and their families at 15 different schools in 4 area districts. (We did some work for them a few years ago.) They have written the FLI into their grant and we hope to work with their students and families across the school year.
826 Michigan. We continue to partner with this wonderful organization. This year we’ve been invited to do several workshops through their after school program at Ypsilanti Middle School.
• New FLI Assistant. Join us in welcoming Karen Hoffman (EMWP TC) who will assist us as a Family Literacy Assistant. Specifically, Karen will be coordinating the Bright Futures outreach.

We have the potential for lots of new work and the need for many presenters. Please let us know if you’d like to join the fun!
We will offer a training session Wednesday, October 10, at Cathy’s house, 6:30-8 (pizza provided). Let Kim know if you are interested ( If you’ve already gone through training but want a refresher and to meet new presenters, please join us!
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