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Washington Literacy Center Welcomes Fulbright Scholars

On April 13th, the Washington Literacy Center hosted almost 40 Fulbright scholars from the Middle East, South America, Africa and Asia who are visiting scholars at U.S. universities, earning advanced degrees in fields ranging from linguistics to forest science. They converged on Washington, D.C., last week for a series of seminars on education, skills gaps, and workforce development. WLC was chosen for their site visit to an exemplary adult education program. Our instructors provided mini-courses to illustrate the concept of brain-based literacy using multi-sensory and multiple intelligences like the Color Vowel Approach, Vowel Yoga, integrated math and science problem solving, and an overvi

Free Books Teach a Love of Reading

Joshua Clark is happy as he sits down to read a book to his son, Mason. But Clark remembers not always being happy about reading. "I remember my mom almost forcing me to read books doing those summer reports right before you got back to school, and it was tough." Reading became like work to him. He decided that when he had his own child, he would make sure reading was an enjoyable experience. "When you can present things in a joyous way and not that it be a task, you're more willing to do it, and I wanted to provide that for my son." Today, Clark and his son live in Washington, D.C. The young father has been able to ready many great stories to 3-year-old Mason, thanks to a local program call

DC nonprofit in ‘disbelief’ after city misses grant deadline, losing $3.75M

Three nonprofits that tutor and teach D.C. kids how to read lost $3.75 million dollars in grant funding because the city missed a federal deadline. Two people have lost their jobs over what the mayor calls both a technical and human error. In 19 D.C. schools, Reading Partners serves nearly 1,000 kids a week. So when its executive director, Karen Gardner, learned the city missed a federal deadline allocating her nonprofit more than $560,000 in AmeriCorps funds and staffing, she was in shock. “My initial reaction was just complete disbelief that it couldn’t be possible that we would not have this completely essential, not just source of funding, but also source of talent that we need in order

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Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.

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