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Throwback Thursday – Stories from The Student Voice

The Student Voice is a newsletter of articles, poems and stories written by READ Center students. Writing is an important part of literacy instruction. Students become better readers, writers and thinkers when reading and writing activities are woven together. Writing gives READ Center student opportunities to express their ideas, hopes, dreams, and sometimes pain and sadness. Here is a look back at a few articles written by READ Center students that have appeared in The Student Voice over the years. How I Survived Without Reading  By:...

How Literacy Rates Have Improved Since 1776

Today, 1 in 6 adults — approximately 35 million Americans — possess reading skills below the level of a fourth-grader. Studies show that adult literacy rates have not improved over the past 25 years, but many believe that this is still a marked improvement from where we were before the creation of the public school system. There’s a common misconception that Americans were illiterate before the 1830s. But in reality, that’s not quite true. In fact, the answer to...

Why has adult ed come to mean only high school completion and college entry, when there is such a critical need for beginning-reading programs?

It’s a great question and one we ask often at The READ Center. A recent Proliteracy blog provides some answers and raises even more questions. “There are 36 million Americans reading below a third-grade level. The non-reading adult is all but unemployable, severely hampered in his or her ability to navigate the digital world—never mind something as basic as public transportation or a utility bill. Recent calculations have suggested that for every dollar invested in literacy programs, $5 is saved in...

Local Trends in Adult Literacy

Local Trends in Adult Literacy

ProLiteracy recently released its 2016-2017 Annual Statistical Report of adult literacy programs across the United States. Here is how The READ Center compares: When it comes to gender, READ and the nation align pretty closely. READ serves more female students than male, and a strong majority of our volunteers are female also. READ serves a higher number of African American/Black students than the national percentage. This could be because many of the other organizations surveyed provide English as a Second Language classes,...

READ Center Offers Health Literacy Class

Health Literacy Could Mean Life or Death

A staggering number of Americans struggle with health literacy: Only 12 percent of adults have a high level of health literacy.* In “4 Cold Hard Facts About Health Literacy”, ProLiteracy frames the problem of health literacy and the issues around it. The blog does a great job of educating the public on the issues. What is not great is how many people have low health literacy, are harmed by it, and the immense cost low health literacy produces. A commonly accepted definition for...
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2017

Support Adult Literacy Year-Round

Adult Education and Family Literacy week ends tomorrow, but your support of adult literacy doesn’t have to. It’s been a great week at The READ Center! Mayor Levar Stoney issued a proclamation. Students, tutors, and teachers wrote letters to Editor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, two of which have been published (so far!). The Henrico Citizen published an article online. Dr. Andrew Daire, Dean of VCU’s School of Education, produced a video about AEFL Week. Students have...

Literacy Changes Lives

September 24 – September 30 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Tonight, invited guests will hear from authors of “Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail” at Read Between the Wines. The authors are former prisoners who have used the power of writing to heal themselves. READ Center students are learning to read well to improve their quality of life. Both have faced challenges in life that they are meeting head-on with renewed optimism. When adults improve their literacy skills,...

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Teach the Parent

The Weight of the World is Off My Shoulders

September 24 – September 30 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Watch as a mom shares her secret to her family after years of not being able to read. According to ProLiteracy, a mother’s education level is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors such as neighborhood and family income. By supporting The READ Center, you help stop the cycle of low-literacy among families in Richmond. Donate now.  ...

Help The READ Center Go Out of Business

Help The READ Center Go Out of Business

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is September 24 – September 30. Why should you care? Literacy touches on just about every social issue that we all care about, like health care, education, justice, poverty, and even domestic violence. If you could only read as well as a third grader, what would it be like to apply for a job? If you couldn’t do basic math, what would it be like to pay your bills each month? There are...