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Literacy Coalition News
May/June 2012



Literacy Coalition Moves to New Location in NWS!

The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County (LCOC) is very excited to announce that we have moved to a new location with ProLiteracy in the Near Westside Initiative's Case Supply Complex which will also include WCNY's new Broadcast and Education Center (due to be completed this fall). In particular, the LCOC will work closely with the Ruth J. Colvin Center for Innovation and Excellence in Adult Literacy, representing ProLiteracy's commitment to Central New York by allowing for collaboration with local member programs and new partners on research, demonstrations, and public service. Our website (www.onliteracy.org) and phone number (315-428-8129) remains the same. Read more about ProLiteracy's relocation in the article below:

ProLiteracy moves into new digs on Syracuse's Near West Side

By Maureen Nolan, The Post-Standard

ProLiteracy opens for business Tuesday in new headquarters in a renovated warehouse on the Near West Side, a move that has been in the works for about two years.

Its relocation from Jamesville Avenue to Marcellus Street is another milestone in an ongoing neighborhood revitalization sparked by the Near Westside Initiative, a nonprofit partnership launched in 2007 and spearheaded by Syracuse University.

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ProLiteracy President and CEO David Harvey stands in their new offices. ProLiteracy moved into its new quarters in the former Case Supply warehouse on Syracuse's Near West Side on Friday (Gary Walts / The Post-Standard).

The international nonprofit, which focuses on creating or assisting programs that help people learn to read, write, compute, and use technology, brings 65 employees to the old Case Supply warehouse, said David Harvey, ProLiteracy president and chief executive officer. The new digs give the organization the platform it needs to get involved in local projects for the first time, he said. Click here to read more.

Syracuse Joins Grade-Level Reading Communities Network

More than 120 communities, including Syracuse, have submitted ambitious plans focused on getting students on track for grade-level reading by the end of third grade. The third grade milestone marks the point when children shift from learning to read and begin reading to learn. Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to get stuck in a cycle of academic failure, drop out of school, and struggle throughout their lives. We are now charter members of a national movement of local governments, nonprofit organizations, foundations and others adopting a collective impact strategy and engaging the full community around a focus on three challenges that keep children from learning to read well: school readiness (too many children are entering kindergarten already behind); chronic absence (too many young children are missing too many days of school); and summer learning loss (too many children are losing ground academically over the summer). Click here to learn more.

Going forward, we'll be sending a team to the Denver Grade-Level Reading Communities Network Conference where they will have the opportunity to connect with cities like ours and get feedback on our plan so that we can actually begin to make the Syracuse plan move from plan to performance. We are targeted, ready and realistic about the challenges before us. We know that the business of educating our children starts early to finish successfully and we need your continued support. If you have any further questions and/or suggestions, please contact us at (315) 428-8129 or info@onliteracy.org. Stay tuned, much more to come!

Syracuse leaders say Say Yes to Education is making a difference in the city schools

By Maureen Nolan, The Post-Standard

The Syracuse mayor, school superintendent and teacher union president, the Onondaga County executive and Syracuse University chancellor were among the crowd that gathered at an elementary school this morning to celebrate the improvements Say Yes to Education says it has helped foster in city schools.

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After a news conference today about Say Yes to Education Syracuse students showed the books they wrote as part of a Say Yes young authors program. George Weiss, founder of Say Yes, helps unveil one of four posters to introduce the young authors series. Children from left are: Taje Gilliam and ZaVon Johnson from McKinley-Brighton Elementary and Quinzell Williams from Le Moyne Elementary (Ellen M. Blalock / The Post-Standard).

The guest of honor was George Weiss, founder of Say Yes, a national nonprofit education foundation that has been active in the Syracuse school district for four years.

Say Yes is working with Syracuse University, the school district and other local partners to transform the school district. The goal is increased high school and college graduation. Click here to read more.

True equivalency: Adult wisdom evens out teenage mistakes

By Sean Kirst, The Post-Standard

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Reggie Dennis and Fred Gustina, two of the featured speakers at the OCM BOCES "Literacy Celebration" at The Palace Theatre: Through hard work and persistence, a chance to walk across the stage (Courtesy Nancy Jastemski, OCM BOCES).

The Palace Theatre in Syracuse was jammed Wednesday evening for the annual Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES "Adult Literacy Celebration," an all-encompassing name for an extraordinary ceremony. John Mauro, a longtime educator who's now a volunteer instructor with BOCES, said the old Eastwood movie house may be small, but it offers a major feature:

"It has a stage," he said, "and it means something to a lot of these men and women to finally get a chance to walk across a stage." Click here to read more.

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