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All Classes and Activities Suspended Indefinitely Due to Coronavirus(COVID-19)

WLC Takes It On The Road: Workshops & Conferences

DC Public Library In coordination with the DC Public Library, who recently hosted an adult literacy workshop at the Cleveland Park location, WLC instructors Dr. Robin Barr and Tesa Leon taught a lesson called Table This!: Games and Activities with Tables. Literacy is not just reading - adults are often required to fill out timesheets and use an array of visual information for jobs, tests, and daily life. The workshop included games and activities that helped teach easy ways to organize information. ______________________________ ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Education - San Diego, CA WLC Senior Instructor Tesa Leon recently participated in a panel discussion called Providing ESL Services

HOLIDAY WRAP UP: November 25th to January 6th

Please join us for our annual holiday gift wrapping with Politics & Prose, where you can purchase a book at any of the P&P locations. For a small donation (or more if you like!) our volunteers will gift wrap your purchase with holiday-appropriate paper, whether you are celebrating Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanza or Festivas! We need people to sign up for shifts! Please contact Janet Hodur at to volunteer.

President’s Message

Dear Friends, The Washington Literacy Center has had a busy year, so we’d like to share recent updates and also tell you about some exciting events on the horizon. When I became executive director three years ago, I had several goals in mind. The most important goal was to increase our funding so that we could make a significant impact on the unacceptably high number of low literate adults in DC. Thanks to our funders and supporters, like Congressional Sports for Charity, Politics’ & Prose, DC Government, Compass Pro Bono and others, we’ve been able to hire incredibly talented and dedicated instructors who have elevated and expanded our curriculum for adult students. This year, students ha

Instructor Spotlight: Amy Fingerhut

As an elementary educator in Shaker Heights, Ohio, teaching reading was always my favorite part of the day. When I moved to DC with my husband, and now high school age boys, I looked for a way to integrate into my new community. It took a few years, but I found the perfect opportunity at WLC. From the moment I read our mission statement, I was hooked. I believe that the importance of being able to read fluently in today's society cannot be overstated. Adults who cannot read at a level of basic proficiency will always be disadvantaged - socially, emotionally and politically. I look forward to coming to work every day at WLC. I have the privilege of working with smart, compassionate, supportiv

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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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