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Make a Difference in 2016: Volunteer as a Reading Tutor!

Think about how different your life would be if you could not read. What doors would be closed to you?

Local schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations are looking for volunteer tutors (for children, adults, and English language learners). You can email us or call the literacy referral line at (405) 830-2790 to learn about current tutoring opportunities. If you know of a school, church, or organization recruiting tutors, please let us know!

OKC Metro Literacy Coalition Member Profile:
Payne Education Center

Founded in 1984, Payne Education Center’s mission is to train teachers to prevent reading difficulties in children and to remediate dyslexia, while serving as a resource and referral center. 

Payne provides evidence-based, multisensory reading professional development to classroom teachers, reading therapists, and tutors.  Payne also supplies information and resources regarding dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities to educators, parents and other interested parties.  Since the organization’s founding, Payne has trained over 19,000 teachers across the state of Oklahoma.

Payne Education Center has often been approached by corporate, business, and nonprofit literacy organizations about the need for user-friendly reading kits for community volunteers who desire to work with struggling readers. Payne’s incentive to help with this community need is a perfect match with the fulfillment of its mission, thus Payne started the Volunteer Tutor Training program. 

As an avenue to vocabulary acquisition, the Volunteer Program Kit is based on a multisensory design to encompass basic reading needs and exposure to age-appropriate reading stories and articles. The Volunteer Program is in compliance with Payne’s seminal knowledge and experience about the science of reading and Structured Multisensory Language Alphabetic Phonics instruction and learning.  

With scholarship funds provided by organizations such as American Fidelity Assurance Company, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City, nearly 300 tutors have been trained and committed to improving literacy for both adults and children in Oklahoma City.  In 2015, The Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition provided over 25 scholarships to volunteers to attend Payne’s 4-hour tutor training.

“Tutors can provide invaluable support to a struggling reader,” said Karen Leatherwood, Ph.D., and Payne Instructor.  “Payne’s tutor training program provides not only a toolbox of resources for tutors, but also instills in them confidence to successfully mentor and enrich a student’s life using evidence-based reading practices.”

The next Volunteer Tutor Training is January 23. Register here!

To learn more about Payne Education Center and its programs, visit or call 405-755-4205.

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January 2016

Coalition Establishes COE

In 2015, the OKC Metro Literacy Coalition established a Charitable Organization Endowment at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The Coalition is honored to be featured on page 33 of the OCCF's 2015 Annual Report. Recently, the Coalition was awarded a $20,000 Endowment Matching Grant from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.

Special thanks to the Mary Surbeck Literacy Fund, the Oklahoma City Literacy Council, Ms. Marion Jowaisis, the Reverend David B. Rose & Anna-Faye Rose Fund, and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund for investing in the Coalition and making a long-term impact on literacy! Interested in making a gift that will benefit the community now and into the future? Consider contributing to our endowment fund.

Upcoming Literacy Events

Community Volunteer Tutor Training
January 23, 2016
Training available for tutors for children and adults
Click here for more info

Third Thursday Reading at OK Hall of Fame
January 23, 2016
1400 Classen Blvd.
On the Third Thursday each month join us for a story and craft with FREE admission! Story time will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the craft  for families to enjoy together.
Click here for more info

Friends of the Library Booksale
February 19 - 21
Hours vary

Thousands of books for sale for 50 cents/$1.00 at the OK Fairgrounds
Click here for info

Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign Meeting
February 24, 2 - 4 pm
The focus for this meeting will be on early childhood development and improvements in Oklahoma. We will screen the film "The Raising of America."
Click here for details.

Payne Education Center Brain Games
February 26, 6 - 9 pm
Join Payne Education Center at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club for a trivia night fundraiser.
Click here for details.
Are you planning a literacy related event? Let us know and we'll share it in our next newsletter!
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