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Small group pull-outs and one-to-one tutoring can make a world of difference for ESL learners, but preparing the activities and materials for these tutoring sessions can be time-consuming for teachers and volunteers. The new ESL Pull-Out Kits are designed to make preparation for tutoring sessions easier by providing volunteers with complete activity instructions and materials for small-group and one-on-one instruction. The kits also provide structured support for volunteers which helps to develop their confidence, build independence and strengthen their teaching skills.

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In the wake of the recent executive order that was recently passed that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely, there have been numerous online and in-person conversations around this topic. When looking for information regarding refugee resettlement, it can be frustrating and time-consuming to sift through the massive amount of information that is available to us online.

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Thanks to Meredith Sommers for creating and contributing this great resource!

Thousands of students who are taking English, Adult Basic Education or Citizenship classes are, or will be, eligible to vote in the upcoming elections. Even if students are not eligible to vote, they can encourage and coach others on the voting process. They also have values and opinions that they can express to friends or family who are eligible voters.

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This free, online course was created by PANDA: Minnesota Adult Basic Education Disability Specialists in order to carry forward the mission of their organization: Providing Minnesota Adult Basic Education programs with disability support, knowledge and resources to increase academic opportunities for students. 

Check out this month's issue of the VISTA Voice, our Literacy VISTA e-newsletter: Attachment

One of our partners and Literacy VISTA host sites, the Saint Paul Public Library, shares the power of learning in this short clip filmed by Google.
VISTA members attended an In-Service Training session titled Volunteer Support on Friday, January 24th. Posted below are questions asked by VISTA members and answered by the Literacy Council volunteer support team Allison Runchey and Mela Shah.

Read about the AMAZING impact the 2012-2013 Minnesota Literacy Council VISTAs had in their communities. We are proud to share some of the success stories of our VISTA programming!

As you wrap up and reflect upon your service year, it is important to move forward with more than feelings of nostalgia and AmeriCorps pride. Whether you are continuing your service, heading to school or entering the work force it’s a good idea to create a tangible resource that identifies and celebrates your growth and experiences from the past year. A great way to do this is through a professional portfolio!
It's that time of the (VISTA) year and some of us are feeling the cruch to find a job by the end of our service year...in a little more than two months! Not to worry, though. In this VISTA Living Blog, you have a wide array of resources, opportunities, tips and tools to help you move forward in your job search. Now, onward!

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