Fall 2018 LEARN Meeting

The Fall 2018 LEARN Meeting will be at Joliet Public Library, Ottawa St. Branch (150 North Ottawa Street, Joliet, Illinois) on Tuesday, October 16 from 2-4 p.m.

2:00 Introductions
2:10 Charlene Choi of the Hanul Family Alliance
2:40 Brian Delli of the Joliet Area Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Neighborhood Affairs
3:00 Break
3:15 Spanish Community Center: Vernica Gloria, executive Director, on the Spanish Community Center in general
and Sylvia Acosta Chavez will speak on Family Advocacy
3:35 Jose E. Vera of the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project
3:55 Wrap Up
4:00 Tour of the Library (Optional)

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Spring 2018 LEARN Meeting

The Spring 2018 LEARN Meeting will be Tuesday, April 17 from 2-4 p.m. at Indian Trails Library, 355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling.

Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation Program at Addison Public Library by Brooke Sievers
Libraries as Safe Havens for Immigrants by Jean Demas
Tour of Indian Trails Library

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FCC Consumer Guides in Various Languages

FCC’s Top Five Consumer Guides:

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Fall 2017 LEARN Meeting

The Fall 2017 LEARN Meeting will be at the White Oak Library in Lockport located at 121 East 8th Street, Lockport. The meeting will be on Wed., Nov. 1 from 2-4 p.m. The Library parking lot is located directly across the street from the entrance on 8th Street.


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Spring 2017 LEARN Meeting

The Spring LEARN Meeting will be Tuesday, May 2 from 2-4 p.m. at Arlington Heights Library. We will discuss which types of online products seem to work best for our ESL populations, with everyone sharing experiences with current resources being used in their libraries.

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Assisting Immigrant Communities from Undocumented to Citizenship

LEARN is coordinating a one-day training presented by ICIRR (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights) called “Assisting Immigrant Communities from Undocumented to Citizenship” on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Oak Park Library (834 Lake St, Oak Park).
Below is a tentative agenda and a description of the training modules. There will be one hour for lunch, and we can provide a list of nearby places to eat for those who do not bring a lunch. If you are interested in attending, please email joep@ippl.info.
9:00 a.m. Refreshments and Sign-in
9:15 a.m. Module 1: Background & Introduction to Community Navigators (CN)
Community navigators (or promotores) are community members who receive specialized training to provide quality immigration information for their communities in an empowering and effective way. Community navigators are also liaisons between their community, legal service providers, social service organizations, and government representatives. They are often advocates, educators, mentors, and interpreters in their communities working in organizations, schools, libraries etc.
9:25 a.m. Group Activity: Immigration Timeline
9:40 a.m. Module 2: Immigration 101
Learn basic immigration law concepts (e.g. types of status, family-based immigration, etc.), discuss primary avenues for seeking legal status affirmatively, and understand what we mean when we talk about the “broken immigration system.”
10:45  a.m. Break
10:55 a.m. Module 9: Naturalization 101
Learn the basics of naturalization eligibility and how to prepare community members for their pathway from legal permanent residency to citizenship.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Module 5: Avoiding Unauthorized Practice of Law & Identifying Legal Help
Ensure that CNs understand the “bright lines” that demarcate practicing law and that CN’s are
equipped with simple, practical, and effective strategies to respond to communities’ hunger to know where they stand legally. Provide strategies on when and how to make legal referrals; and, provide strategies on when and how to report fraud.
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Module 10: Know Your Rights
During this presentation, participants will learn what to do and not to do in case of an immigration raid, what are their basic rights with immigration -regardless of legal status- and how to share the information learned to others. Issues: DACA, Detention, Consulate, Islamophobia, Hate Crimes, FSN/KYR Cards.
4:15 p.m. Post-assessment & Evaluation
4:30 p.m. End of Training
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LEARN Presentation at ILA, Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 3-4 p.m.

Jean Demas and Joe Popowitch will speak at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 40-41.

Besides giving an overview of LEARN and the networking opportunities it provides, the session will include lists and examples of recommended resources, website links, apps, marketing checklists, publishers lists, and promotional materials to spread the word about your Literacy/ESL services.

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LEARN Workshop Oct. 5, 2016, at Schaumburg Library

LEARN will Host an ESL Workshop at Schaumburg Library, 130 S. Roselle Rd., on October 5, 2016, funded by a RAILS Networking CE grant. The workshop, called “Serving the Literacy/ESL User,” will include four one-hour presentations, plus an overview of our updated recommended resources list.

9:00 Welcome & Refreshments
Helen Stewart (Schaumburg Library) and Jean Demas (Lisle Library)

9:15 WorkNet, JobLink, and Beyond: Resources for Work Readiness and Employment
by Laurie Martin (professional development specialist at the Adult Learning Resource Center)

10:15 Break

10:30 Reaching to Non-native English Speakers in Your Community
by Laurie Martin

11:30 Recommended Resources and Overview of Chicago’s Digital Learn Chicago.digitallearn.org

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Community Partnerships and Other Trends in ESL and Adult Literacy
by Kristin Lahurd (literacy officer, American Library Association)

1:45 Break

2:00 How to Keep Literacy Alive During Tough Economic Times
by Beth Paoli (literacy consultant, Illinois State Library)

To register, email Joe Popowitch at joep@ippl.info.

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TESOL Graduate Certificate Program at Northeastern

Dana Horstein coordinates the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Graduate Certificate Program at Northeastern Illinois University, which is geared at preparing individuals to teaching adult English language learners.  Many ESL volunteers, such as those that participate in library programs, are quite committed and would like further training on how to better serve the learners with whom they work.  The TESOL Graduate Certificate would serve this purpose and it seems like it may be the right level of commitment for volunteers since it offers significantly more training than a workshop, but not nearly the commitment of a full degree program.

The TESOL Graduate Certificate Program provides practical skills and knowledge to individuals who wish to teach adult English language learners.  It prepares individuals to create lessons, develop materials, and assess English language learners, while also providing a theoretical background for instruction.  The Certificate consists of 6 courses (18 credits), including a 60-hour practicum.  It is designed to be completed in 1 year.  Individuals who wish to pursue further study can transfer all of the course credits into the M.A. TESOL Program (36 credits).  For further information, please see the website at neiu.edu/tesolgraduatecertificate.

Dana Horstein, Coordinator, TESOL Graduate Certificate Program

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

TESOL Graduate Certificate Program Website and Video: neiu.edu/tesolgraduatecertificate
TESOL Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NeiuTeslProgram/
Northeastern Illinois University Website: www.neiu.edu

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LEARN Will Host an ESL Workshop at Schaumburg Library on October 5, 2016

LEARN will Host an ESL Workshop at Schaumburg Library, 130 S. Roselle Rd., on October 5, 2016, funded by a RAILS Networking CE grant. The workshop, called “Serving the Literacy/ESL User,” will include four one-hour presentations, plus an overview of our updated recommended resources list.

Laurie Martin, professional development specialist at the Adult Learning Resource Center in Arlington Heights will do two one-hour presentations: one on how to help ESL patrons with resources on job training and finding jobs that fit their skills and educational levels, and one on marketing and outreach strategies.
1) WorkNet, JobLink and Beyond: Resources for Work Readiness and Employment.
2) Reaching to Non-native English Speakers in Your Community.

Kristin Lahurd, Literacy and Diversity Officer, American Library Association will do a one-hour presentation on how libraries can be a conduit between local programs and potential ESL learners/library patrons integrated with how to build community partnerships and support. She will also discuss current trends in adult literacy and ESL programming.
3) Connecting ESL Learners to Local Literacy Programs and Building Community Literacy Partnerships.

Beth Paoli, Literacy Consultant, Illinois State Library, will present a workshop on how libraries and literacy programs can keep literacy alive during tough economic times through using grant resources, support services, partnership groups and other ideas for creative funding.
4) How to Keep Literacy Alive During Tough Economic Times.

Tentative Agenda
9:00 Welcome (Refreshments)
9:15 Job Training Resources for Immigrants (Laurie Martin)
10:15 Break
10:30 Marketing and Outreach for ESL (Laurie Martin)
11:30 Recommended Resources
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Partnering with Local Programs and Trends in ESL (Kristin Lahurd)
1:45 Break
2:00 Keeping Literacy Alive During Tough Economic Times (Beth Paoli)

Lunch Options
Attendees may bring their own lunch or opt to pay. Lunches include sandwich, chips, fruit and a cookie (plus two bottles of water). Visit http://www.cornerbakerycafe.com/menu/sandwiches to view sandwich choices. Then send your choice with a payment by check for $13 payable to “Schaumburg Township District Library” mailed to Helen Stewart c/o Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60193 by September 30.

To register, email Joe Popowitch at joep@ippl.info and indicate if you will be paying for lunch or bringing your own. You should receive a confirmation email within three days.

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