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1 …striving to bring literacy and technology together to better support adult learners.

2 Daniel’s Story  12 years ago, at the age of 29, Daniel finally sought help learning to read.  He turned to California Literacy, his local literacy organization, for help.  There, he worked with tutors who helped him overcome his dyslexia and learn to read.

3 Conquering Fears  First, Daniel conquered his fear of admitting he couldn’t read and that he needed help.  Second, he conquered his fear of computers and the Internet. A tutor showed him how to use a computer and introduced him to the Internet.A tutor showed him how to use a computer and introduced him to the Internet.

4 During the course of my traditional literacy program, I was introduced to computers and the Internet, resources that had been intimidating and confusing previously. However, I embraced them and soon saw those tools improve my literacy skills. Seeing my own success, I wanted to share what I learned with other adult learners struggling to not only become literate, but computer literate in a society that requires those skills for success. --Daniel Pedroza President & CEO

5 A Learner Helping Learners  While working at California Literacy for 11 years, Daniel started brainstorming want kind of literacy organization he wished had been there to supplement his traditional literacy program.  He wanted to take his unique perspective and experiences as a learner and help other learners.

6 United Literacy  Established in September 2007  A 501 (c)(3) nationwide nonprofit whose goal is to utilize technology to help adult learners on their road to literacy.  Sees itself as a supplementary resource for adult learners.

7 Online Platform  United Literacy uses an online platform to provide its services. This allows us:This allows us: 1. To make sure our resources are available to learners everywhere. 2. To provide these resources for free. 3. To encourage learners to start using technology, like the Internet and a computer, in a learner friendly environment so that they can become computer literate.

8 The Literacy Tribune

9  Published bi-monthly, on the 1 st Monday of the month.  8-10 pages  Written and formatted specifically for adult learners.

10 The Literacy Tribune Online  The Literacy Tribune is made available to adult learners primarily in an online format.  The Literacy Tribune website was designed to be simple to use.  Our goal is to help learners get comfortable reading “news” stories in an online format.

11 In each issue… we want to inform and educate adult learners.

12 Cover Story  Past articles have covered:  How to register to vote.  Understanding dyslexia  5 steps to writing a resume  Tips on how to spell better  Protecting yourself from identity theft  Heart disease & the warning signs of a heart attack.

13 Member Spotlight Adult learners share their personal stories and offer advice to fellow learners.

14 Member Spotlight Profiles  Juan Munoz struggled to learn to read, but once he got the right help, he went on to become a college disability counselor.  Kaddy Tamba always wanted to learn to read, but couldn’t afford to go to school in her native Gambia. She finally started learning to read at the Oakland Public Library at the age of 26.

15 Member Spotlight Profiles  John Corcoran, author of The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read and founder of the John Corcoran Foundation, who shared his story of learning to read at 48.  Actor and author Henry Winkler who struggled with reading until he was diagnosed with dyslexia at 31.

16 Organization Spotlight  A new feature  Profiles local & national adult literacy organizations  Helps learners: Understand how these organizations help themUnderstand how these organizations help them Learn how they can get involvedLearn how they can get involved

17 A History Lesson  Teaches adult learners about important people and events in U.S. history.  Past articles have covered: The U.S. ConstitutionThe U.S. Constitution Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson Origins of the 4th of JulyOrigins of the 4th of July The Native American WarsThe Native American Wars

18 Technology Watch  Teaches learners about useful computer programs & Internet features.  Past issues have featured: Text to SpeechText to Speech Search engineSearch engine Online dictionariesOnline dictionaries Tips for buying a netbookTips for buying a netbook

19 The Literacy Tribune  Is available for FREE!!  Can either be read or downloaded at The Literacy Tribune website:  Hardcopy subscriptions are also available to organizations. Contact us for pricing.

20 What’s Next for The Literacy Tribune?  We want adult learners to write the articles that appear in the pages of The Literacy Tribune.  Already, we have featured: the poems of adult learner Rodolfo Diaz the poems of adult learner Rodolfo Diaz Sharon Briones’ personal essay about dropping out of school but eventually returning to get her GED.Sharon Briones’ personal essay about dropping out of school but eventually returning to get her GED.

21 Learner’s Can Write About…  Their road to literacy  Their literacy program  Their favorite literacy resource  Book Reviews  Poetry  Short Stories

22 What’s Next for The Literacy Tribune?  Create the “Technology Watch” podcast library. Step-by-step video guides on how to use different computer & Internet features.Step-by-step video guides on how to use different computer & Internet features. For example:For example:  How to create, save, & print a document in Word  How to set up an address & write an

23 Technology Watch Podcasts  Goal: improve learners’ computer literacy  The podcasts can be used at home or while working on a computer at a learner’s literacy program.

24 United Literacy’s Future  Our goal is to create even more online written & video resources that adult learners can use to supplement their literacy program.  In addition, because our resources our online and available for free, we aim to serve adult learners who do not have access to a local literacy program.

25 Two Needs  We are trying to fill two needs: Helping adult learners become computer literate so they can become productive & full members of their communities & the workforce.Helping adult learners become computer literate so they can become productive & full members of their communities & the workforce. And, making sure that adult learners will always have access to some kind of literacy curriculum.And, making sure that adult learners will always have access to some kind of literacy curriculum.

26 What We Need From You!  Please fill out an Organization Membership form. This allows us to stay in contact with you & to let you know about The Literacy Tribune and other materials we have available.This allows us to stay in contact with you & to let you know about The Literacy Tribune and other materials we have available.  Please encourage your learners to join as well!  Membership forms are available at our website.

27 What We Need From You!  Feedback Feel free to contact us to give us your suggestions or comments about The Literacy Tribune and our other projects.Feel free to contact us to give us your suggestions or comments about The Literacy Tribune and our other projects.  Learners If you have learners who want to share their writing, contact us. We’d love to publish them.If you have learners who want to share their writing, contact us. We’d love to publish them. We are always looking for learners to profile in our “Member Spotlight.”We are always looking for learners to profile in our “Member Spotlight.”

28 Check Us Out! United Literacy website: The Literacy Tribune website:


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