Ready for School!

Ready for School! is a 10-week curriculum for working with young refugee families. These families often come from countries that do not offer children’s literature or a culture of parents reading to their little ones. Some of the refugee parents have limited English language skills and very few homes have children’s books in English.

The Ready for School! curriculum targets the following skill areas:

  • Reading, language, and reasoning
  • Math
  • Motor
  • Social
  • Parenting

Children and parents meet in a group setting one day a week for activities and instruction. Each week they are sent home with a new book, a bag of materials, and new skills to practice.

Click here for the Ready for School! Curriculum Guide


3rd Annual GCLC Cancelled

The Gulf Coast Literacy Conference scheduled for Saturday, January 31, has been postponed indefinitely due to low registration.

Please consider participating in two Houston in-service trainings for ESL on February 20-21. Second Baptist Church will host a workshop on Pronunciation on Friday evening, Feb. 20, and one on teaching higher level students on Saturday morning, Feb. 21. In San Antonio, the San Antonio Baptist Association will host a Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students on Feb. 6-7. Also, please consider participating in the Love in Deed Refugee Resettlement Conference, Feb. 27-28 in Houston.

3rd Annual Gulf Coast Literacy Conference

Click here to register for the GCLC!

GCLC for events

Sessions include:

Hispanic Education Initiative

Grow your program: Strategies for Deliberate and Effective Growth

Effective Multilevel Teaching Practices in the ESL/ABE/ASE Classroom
Hospitality: Just Do It!
ProLiteracy, the Benefits of Membership
ESL-Awake, Alive, and Fun–Round 2
Hope for Refugees
Favorite Teaching Techniques from a Sample Lesson on “Family”    
Using Lipson Lessons & Picture Sequence Pages
Critically Rethinking Literacy in the 21st Century
How to Transition your ESL Students into College
Higher Level Activities
Focus on EL Civics–Great, Engaging Lessons on the Topics We All Teach!

New Readers Press

Family Literacy

A Big Success

Many families will be blessed thanks to your generosity this Christmas season through Nuts over Reading.

We’re thankful, also, to Leonard Farms, for wonderful participation and support.

Merry Christmas to all!

Nuts over Reading

We’re one week into the shopping season and maybe you’re looking for something special that you just can’t find in a store. Nuts over Reading is an opportunity to give the gift of delicious Texas pecans to friends and loved ones, and at the same time, the gift of literacy to families in need. What could be better than that?

Please click here to learn more.

Fifty Ways #46 — Register Voters – especially among young adults. Elected officials pay attention to voters.

Did you vote yesterday?

According to a report last year by Enrique Rangel, Texas ranked 42nd in voter registration, 49th in the number of citizens who contact public officials and 44th in the number of people who discuss politics a few times a week or more.

Did you vote yesterday?

Yesterday’s ballot not only gave voters a voice regarding the November ballot for elected officials but the opportunity to speak up regarding a variety of referendum items including immigration reform, religious freedom, increasing the minimum wage, the second amendment, expanding Medicaid, welfare reform, non-discrimination legislation, and the affordable care act.

Will you vote in November?

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Consider a project at your church to register voters.  It’s fairly simple.  Here’s a link to the online process:

You may fill out a voter registration application online, print it and mail it to the voter registrar in your county of residence.  You are not registered until you have filled out the online application, printed it, and mailed it to your local County Voter Registrar. The County Voter Registrar’s address can be found at the top of the online outputted voter registration application once you have submitted your information from the fill-in-the blanks screen.

Will your voice be heard in November?

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50 Ways posters available now!

In the church, around the community, and at the capitol, the church can have an impact through literacy.

Contact us to get your free poster–or several to share!

Check out our electronic version here with links to examples and further information.

Then, let us know what you think and share some ideas of your own.

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A Leap of Faith

We are finalists for the 2013 Better World Books Literacy and Education in Action Program (LEAP)  grant!

We’re planning family reading fairs along the Texas-Mexico border for the summer and fall. The $7,500 LEAP grant will go a long way toward allowing us to help five churches provide books and bookcases to families in need.

Please click here and read our project description . . . and cast your vote our way! Please vote once every day through June 21st.

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