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NJSL Literacy Boot Camp

NJSL Literacy Boot Camp 2015

In 2015 the New Jersey State Library held its first Literacy Boot Camp, a four-part series designed for librarians and library professionals who are responsible for creating, implementing or maintaining adult literacy programs at their libraries.  The series consisted of four full days of intensive training, spread over four months.  Developed in partnership with the Plainfield Public Library, it included structured, hands-on learning, and sharing of New Jersey libraries’ best practices in the field of adult literacy.  Outside professionals provided informative and inspirational messages in their keynote speeches.

The Literacy Boot Camp was designed to help participants discover new tools and strategies, organize user-centered instruction programs, and engage with a diverse group of their peers from other libraries of all types and sizes.

The Literacy Boot Camp took place at the Plainfield Public Library (800 Park Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060). It was led by Scott Kuchinsky, PPL’s Adult Literacy Coordinator and Mimi Lee, Diversity and Community Engagement Specialist of New Jersey State Library.

There was no cost for participants, registration was limited to 30 applicants, one per library. The selection committee reviewed applications to select a participant mix based on type of library (public, academic, school, special, etc.), organizational responsibility, geography, etc. This selective process was based on the library’s demonstrated commitment to providing adult literacy services to the community and the potential to form a vibrant learning network within the community they serve.

For more information or questions, please contact Mimi Lee at mlee@njstatelib.org
Click here to view the 2015 Literacy Boot Camp Graduate Yearbook.

PAST AGENDA


Day One - Friday, September 18, 2015

★ DAY ONE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

9:00 – 9:30
  • Arrival
  • Registration
  • Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00
  • Opening Session
    • Welcome:
      Mary Chute, State Librarian                                                       Joseph Da Rold, Executive Director, Plainfield Public Library
    • Introduction
    • Orientation to the agenda and key materials
10:00 – 12:00
  • Keynote Address
    • “Current Status and Future Directions of NJ’s Adult Literacy”
    • Speakers:
      • Dr. Hal Beder
        Professor Emeritus- Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration, Rutgers University                                    Acting Chair- State Council for Adult Literacy Education Services (SCALES)                                                 President, former- NJALL (NJ Association for Lifelong Learning)
      • Barry Semple
        Consultant- Semple and Associates                            Member-at-Large– NJALL (NJ Association for Lifelong Learning)
      • Dr. Erik Jacobson
        Associate Professor- Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Education, Montclair State University             Member-at-Large– NJALL (NJ Association for Lifelong Learning)
12:00 – 12:30
  • Best practices/field examples in adult literacy – NJ libraries
    • Speaker(s): Joseph Da Rold, Executive Director, Plainfield Public Library
12:30 – 1:30 (LUNCH)
  • Please use this time to meet up with other participants you don’t know.
1:30 – 3:15
  • Hands-on Learning
    • Instructor: Scott Kuchinsky
    • Agenda: 1) Overview, 2) Survey the landscape
    • This workshop begins with a general overview of adult literacy in New Jersey as well as the broad steps required to create and run a program. The day then focuses on conducting community need and resource surveys to get the information you need to determine the optimal service model for your program.
3:15 – 3:30
  • Wrap Up
  • Q&A

Day Two - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

★ DAY TWO

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015

9:00 – 9:30
  • Arrival
  • Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 12:00
12:00 – 12:30
  • Best practices/field examples in adult literacy –Analyzing Literacy Partnerships                                                                          Speaker(s): Joe Da Rold, Executive Director, Retired, Plainfield Public Library
12:30 – 1:30 (LUNCH)
  • Please use this time to meet up with other participants you don’t know.
1:30 – 3:15
  • Hands-on Learning
    • Instructor: Scott Kuchinsky
    • Agenda: Using data to design program
    • The second day takes the information that you’ve collected from your surveys and helps you to create a clear model of service provision and an implementation timeline. We will also discuss partnerships and the complexities of various funding sources.
3:15 – 3:30
  • Wrap Up
  • Q&A

Day Three - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

★ DAY THREE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2015

9:00 – 9:30
  • Arrival
  • Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 12:00
12:00 – 12:30
  • Best practices/field examples in adult literacy – East Brunswick Public Library
    • Speaker(s): MaryEllen Firestone, Director, Retired, East Brunswick Public Library
12:30 – 1:30 (LUNCH)
  • Please use this time to meet up with other participants you don’t know.
1:30 – 3:15
  • Hands-on Learning
    • Instructor: Scott Kuchinsky
    • Agenda: 1) Administrative matters, 2) Advertising
    • The third training session deals with the day-to-day operations of a literacy program. Various administrative roles and functions will be explained with particular attention paid to data protocols and record keeping. We will also spend some time on public relations matters focusing on community engagement and tutor/student recruitment.
3:15 – 3:30
  • Wrap Up
  • Q&A

Day Four - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

★ DAY FOUR

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015

9:00 – 9:30
  • Arrival
  • Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 12:00
  • Keynote Address
    • “Supporting Adult Literacy: The Role and Resources of Libraries”
    • In this session, we will review the data from an international assessment of adult competencies and discuss where the United States ranks. We will discuss the implications of those rankings as well as the impact of the new adult education legislation and the role libraries may play in supporting adult learners to be successful. Resources that provide tools for libraries to assist adult learners will be shared and the series will wrap up with an activity around local planning for expanding and supporting adult literacy activities.
    • Speaker:
      • Beth Ponder
        Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
12:00 – 12:30
  • Best practices/field examples in adult literacy – NJ libraries
    • Speaker(s): TBA
12:30 – 2:15 (LUNCH)
  • Working Lunch
12:30 – 2:15
  • Hands-on Learning
    • Instructor: Scott Kuchinsky
    • Agenda: 1) Recruiting & training tutors, 2) Curriculum, 3) Wrap-up
    • Now that you have a program what are your teachers going to be doing? This session focuses specifically on training tutors and creating curriculum.
2:30 – 3:30
  • Graduation Ceremony & Celebration
  • Future Plan


 

 

 

 

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