About our projects
Recent projects include program improvement initiatives, such as the PluggedInVirginia Pathways project funded by the VLF and Angell Foundation, an online tutor training workshop funded by the VLF and Verizon, an annual conference, now in combination with VAACE (Virginia Adult and Continuing Education), and ExCell, and early language and literacy project funded by a variety of sources, including public schools in Virginia.
Click on each title below to learn more about VLF’s projects.
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The joint VLF/VAACE conference provides nonprofit adult literacy program staff with the opportunity to learn the latest adult education strategies alongside the instructors and staff of public adult education providers. The conference strengthens partnerships and collaboration among regional groups, and provides individuals with an opportunity to share learning and support each other.
Regular, relevant, and collaborative opportunities for PD help educators master strategies to identify and address the specific challenges of adult learners and tailor their instruction to a widely varying range of skills and life experiences.” – Sarah Cornelius, Edmentum, 2016. Click here for the full article
This two-year project (2014-2016) was paid for by the Virginia Literacy Foundation, the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center, and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation The PluggedInVA Pathways curriculum is designed for low literate adults who read at the 2-4th grade levels, and teaches the top soft skills identified by employers.
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One of the major hurdles nonprofit literacy programs face is the turnover of volunteer trainers who are experienced in teaching new tutors. Rural programs especially face difficulties in finding enough new tutor volunteers to set up a workshop. This asynchronous online workshop, designed by the Virginia Literacy Foundation and the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center, and funded by the Verizon Foundation, has been used by programs across Virginia, as well as Texas, California, Illinois, and the like. Over 10,000 individuals across the U.S. have used all or a portion of this workshop to hone their tutoring skills.
Teaching a Child vs. Adult Graphic from Unit One