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Unleashing Learners’ Full Potential: Tutor Institute Improving Literacy Levels for Adult Learners One Volunteer at a Time

29 October 2015
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DSCN2249The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy hosted its annual adult literacy volunteer conference, Tutor Institute, at District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

Adult literacy tutors, teachers, volunteer coordinators, site administrators, and partners came together for this one-day conference that included nine interactive sessions. The event closed with a panel discussion at which participants shared in depth strategies and best practices to ensure all adult learners, regardless of their literacy levels or learning challenges, are supported.

“Basic literacies are not just critical to the prosperity and well-being of individuals, they are also key drivers of economic growth and society,” said Diane C. Inverso, Interim Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy. “Tutor Institute is a way for the Commission to support the volunteers who work to improve the literacy levels of Philadelphia’s adults.”

The conference kicked off with a keynote address from education consultant Andrea Lawful-Trainer who reminded attendees that they are often a lifeline to the future success of their students.

We often find ourselves stumped in what should be otherwise rewarding work and need a boost, to remind us why we are important and a crucial link to the success of others.  Be inspired and continue to meet people where they are,” said Lawful-Trainer.

DSCN2265A panel discussion at the conference featured: Lynette Hazelton, communications manager at District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund; Keith Forsyth, MCOL tutor; Ellen Polsky, ESL teacher and administrator; and Ann Marie Doley, adult education instructor, focused on the conference theme: Unleashing Learners’ Full Potential.

“Literacy is more than reading, its being able to function in the environment,” said Polsky.

“It is very important, just like we get to know our students, to get to know what animates our volunteers. We need to utilize that enthusiasm and that energy connected to the training to put them in the best place possible; if they’re good, your students will prosper,” Hazelton added

The interactive sessions included:

Thank you to all conference attendees, workshop presenters, and the keynote speaker.

View photos from Tutor Institute 2015.

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