A Busy Fall 2015! #FamilyLiteracyMonth, Notes From ProLiteracy Conference, and #GivingTuesday!
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Fall 2015 - Family Literacy Month - Notes From ProLiteracy Conference

October was a month of extraordinary activity for the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition. Following a successful and fun-filled Scrabble Showdown, the Coalition was afforded the opportunity to attend the national ProLiteracy Conference thanks to a scholarship awarded by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. There was much to learn and to appreciate.

Workshops addressing the topic of English Language Learning were particularly prolific and worthwhile. Literacy organizations across the United States are sharing successful ELL program models. Workshops like “Moving to a New Paradigm in ESOL Instruction,” and “ESL Group Tutoring” presented innovative and interesting new concepts. Ideally, these programs address the need for welcoming and safe classroom communities that help families succeed in finding employment, understanding healthcare and supporting their children in school. The Coalition encourages partnerships in various aspects of English Language Learning.

Training, volunteering, researching curricula and best practices (including technology) can be best addressed when organizations collaborate to strengthen a network of programs across a community.

The Coalition's Literacy Referral Service receives numerous calls from individuals looking for English classes. This service depends on our knowledge of all programs available to those seeking help. If you are aware of a program in your church, school, or neighborhood, please help us update our information.

Which leads us to November. November is national Family Literacy Month. Our members are intensely engaged in literacy work that tackles the family from “wrinkle to wrinkle.” Studies have shown that children of parents who are participating in literacy programs (GED, basic literacy or ESL) have good attendance in school and read more at home.  We commend our members who are helping families improve their literacy levels. Our Oklahoma City Public Schools are developing community programs in some schools so that parents and children are getting the help they need. Another stimulating ProLiteracy workshop, “Why Family Literacy Matters,” stressed the benefits of work with the whole family. Again, a collaborative working network involving public schools and literacy non-profits not only strengthens the education levels of citizens, but also the economy of a community.

To help you celebrate National Family Literacy Month, the National Center for Families Learning has gathered their most-popular educational tools and resources designed to help families, educators, community leaders, and librarians facilitate two-generation learning. See them by clicking here!

OKC Metro Literacy Coalition Member Profile:
Smart Start Central Oklahoma

When Melissa Parsons first brought her son Stephen to a Smart Start in the Schools activity at her local elementary school, he held onto her leg and was hesitant to participate. But after attending several sessions, Stephen’s reaction couldn’t be more different.

"At first I couldn't get him to go into school; now I can't get him to go out of school!"

At Smart Start in the Schools, young children under the age of five participate in educational activities and learn how to socialize with other children. Their parents receive information on community resources and tips on how structured play can help prepare their children for school. Melissa reports that Stephen now has a better grasp on colors, numbers, reading, and interacting with other children. Melissa also learned something for herself. “I didn't understand the importance of things like scribbling, and what it will become in learning to write and read.” Stephen and Melissa also spend more time reading together at home.

Click here to read more about Stephen, Melissa and Smart Start Central Oklahoma.

November 2015

#GivingTuesday is Around the Corner!

Since 2010, the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition has hosted more than 1,200 school children for D.E.A.R. DAY at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The kids and state legislators literally drop everything and read in the rotunda. Your gift will provide bus transportation, snacks, and a field trip to the Oklahoma State Capitol and Oklahoma History Center to more than 200 second graders in Oklahoma City. Plus, every kid receives free books to take home!

Stay tuned for correspondence on and before December 1 on how you can help us reach our donation goal and help kids in #OKC!

To learn more about #GivingTuesday (a nice complement to #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday), visit the national website.

Upcoming Literacy Events

Barriers to Early Literacy in OKC

December 3, 2015
Barriers to Early Literacy in OKC
8:30-10:30, location TBD
For more info or to RSVP, contact

Smart Start on the Silver Screen

November 25, 2015
9:30 am to noon

Join SmartStart Central Oklahoma for a private screening of the newest Disney-Pixar movie on the day of its release, "The Good Dinosaur" and do fun dinosaur-related crafts and activities!
Click here to learn more

Wanna Scrabble?

If you didn't get enough at the 6th Annual Scrabble Showdown, the OKC Scrabble Club invites all scrabblers (any level) to come and play! The Club meets on Monday evenings at Jim’s Diner at NW 63rd and Meridian. For more info, call Glenda at 405.752.1315.
Are you planning a literacy related event? Let us know and we'll share it in our next newsletter!
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