This spring I had the pleasure of speaking with Anne Glassman from the Lakeville Area Learning Center, and her lead volunteer Angie Farrell, about their Skype Coaching program.  This innovative program matches volunteer tutors with adult English learners for one-to-one coaching in English via Skype, an Internet-based video calling service.  The Coa

Our Literacy Leader for July, Joe Schaedler, has been a volunteer at the International Education Center for over seven years. During evening classes at the IEC, Joe works as a teaching assistant, providing one-on-one tutoring to ESL students and leading small group reading activities. His flexibility and deep interest in education and language make him a great educator, but it is the personal touch that he brings to the classroom that makes Joe a truly exceptional volunteer.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
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As I entered the room and sat down for my first GED tutor training session, I noted that I was most likely the youngest person in the room. My fellow volunteers went around, introducing themselves, and my prediction was confirmed. I shared a table with a college grad, a recent empty nester, a young professional, and a retired school teacher. I am a college student, and I spend almost all of my days surrounded by others their early 20s. I was grateful for this opportunity to interact with a group of individuals where every generation was represented. As I later learned, for the first time in a while, all four generations are entering the work force- and volunteering- together.
All volunteers, program staff and those interested in literacy are invited to join us. This quarter the members have chosen to discuss Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.
A CLUES volunteer shares the experience.
On the challenge of learning a foreign language.
I apologize for the lack of posts; this summer has been a time of transition for me. Starting next week, I will be working full time at the MLC Learning Center - Lake Street in South Minneapolis as an ESL Teacher and Evening Coordinator. Due to this new venture, I had to leave my volunteering position at Metro North but now am daily in the classroom with my own class of pre-literate learners.
Elaine Zimmer
When I retired 11 years ago, I knew that I wanted to tutor as a volunteer. I’m a teacher at heart, love social interaction and have always enjoyed learning and sharing knowledge.
Curt Cameron reflects on two and a half years of volunteering at the Hubbs Center.



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