NALC Update

Following 16 years of dedicated service, Meg Nugent, NALC’s Executive Director, has resigned her post to pursue other opportunities. Meg has seen the NALC through many successful chapters, and we are grateful for her leadership. During this transition, Ann Bardone, longtime NALC team member, will lead the agency as Interim Executive Director. Please contact Ann at abardone@nashvilleliteracy.org for any assistance.

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: HAILEY HANKS, START NOW TUTOR

While I was immediately excited about the chance to tutor for the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, I must admit that I had my fair share of nerves when it came time to actually begin tutoring. I worried about whether or not I would be able to articulate definitions and principles clearly enough and whether or not I would be able to connect with the students I worked with. I am happy to say, however, that all of my worries dissipated after my first tutoring session. While there are still challenges and I still push myself to communicate better, tutoring ...

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Yelp Foundation Awards $2000 Grant to NALC

NALC has received a $2000 grant from the Yelp Foundation, having been nominated and supported by votes from community members in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest. Of many nonprofits considered for recognition, only three in the Nashville area were nominated to participate in the grant contest, which awarded $10,000 total to local nonprofits. The Gives Local grant contest encouraged community members in 75 U.S. cities to vote for the organizations they wanted to support with grants and drew more than 160,000 votes. Each winning nonprofit aligns with an area ...

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Patty Swartzbaugh Asked to Speak for the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services Annual Conference

Many may know Patty as Nashville Adult Literacy’s (NALC) Program Manager, managing our citizenship classes, but did you know she also established and leads our Elite Interview Group (EIG) program? A few years ago, she recognized a need for our English Language Learners (ELL) pursuing citizenship to brush up on a few skills they needed to successfully complete the naturalization process. Many learners knew the information needed to pass the standardized civics part but were breaking under pressure of doing the verbal interview part of the test. To our learners, ...

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Meet the Staff: Jake Stallard, enrollment assistant

 “I have a passion for learning. I like being motivated with very specific goals. I like to encourage others to set their own goals to better themselves.” From an early age, Jake Stallard knew that he wanted to be an educator. After earning his undergraduate degree in elementary education from the University of Florida and a master’s in special education from Vanderbilt University, he settled into a career as a special education teacher. “This past year, I taught third graders with special needs at Murrell Elementary School in Nashville. A lot of the children ...

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Christian Science Monitor includes NALC in May 10th article…

Titled “Do kids today have too much homework?,” the article presents the facts about parents sometimes being unable to help their child with homework. "One of the main reasons people sign up with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council," says executive director Meg Nugent, "is to help their kids in school."  Some immigrants speak too little English to help their children with homework, and the American-born who have grown up speaking English but cannot read, or at least not well enough, don't want their children to suffer the way they did in school and in life ...

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NALC gets a spotlight on WSMV’s newscasts on May 5….

Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, May 5), reporter Terry Bulger from WSMV came out to our Nashville classrooms to film some great footage of a teaching session featuring one of our learner and tutor pairs.  We set everything up in Room 306 with Bulger and his cameraman the only ones privy to the film shoot because they wanted it to be a straight-forward and natural representation of what our programs are about.  This means that today, when the "Pay It Forward" slice-of-life segment airs within the newscast at 4:30PM to 5PM, and again 6:30PM and 7PM, we'll be seeing ...

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Smithsonian Exhibit is coming to Martha O’Bryan Center…

"Every day, Americans are hard at work keeping our communities thriving.  But, what would life be like without farmers, factory workers, teachers, doctors, or firefighters?"  This excerpt from a press release issued by Martha O'Bryan Center (MOBC) establishes the tone for "The Way We Worked," a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition on view from May 9 to June 13 at MOBC's main campus located at 711 South Seventh Street near downtown Nashville. "The Way We Worked" explores this central element of American culture, tracing the many changes that have affected ...

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Anticipation…The Big Payback 2015…

Actress Natashcha McElhone, she of English descent and famous for her role in The Truman Show, once wrote this about anticipation:  "Living with very limited expectation is a more more immediate way of living.  You really do just make the best of everything you have.  I guess kids have that ability; they wait in joyful anticipation of something rather than that sense of entitlement." We have been anticipating The Big Payback Tuesday, May 5, since the beginning of this year.   At the time gets nearer, our excitement grows! Everyday, Nashville Adult Literacy ...

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Nashville Adult Literacy Council publishes article in Voices magazine …

Just last week, the Spring 2015 edition of ProLiteracy's magazine, Voices was delivered through the U.S. mail. As we thumbed through Volume 8 - Issue 1, we arrived at page 15 to find an article featuring...{drum roll}...the Nashville Adult Literacy Council! In the latter part of 2014, we submitted a feature article, which was edited to adhere to the guidelines of Voices and titled "Learners' Words Come From the Heart," that presented an overview of a book called "In Our Words."  We publish this book each year. In case you have yet to read "I-O-W," you should ...

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