Over one quarter of Chicagoans lack the basic literacy skills that are necessary to function competitively and communicate effectively in society. Low literacy affects everything from high unemployment rates to violent crime and overcrowded prisons. Over the years, the On the Road to Literacy Conference has become a point of reference in surveying the achievements the literacy community has made and the challenges that lie ahead.
Held at the UIC’s Center for Literacy on April 18th, the On the Road to Literacy Conference, sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of Illinois and UIC’s Center for Literacy, will bring together many students, teachers, tutors and administrators from literacy programs across Chicago and Illinois to tackle the roots of low literacy.
This event will explore strategies, techniques and materials for use by adult literacy tutors and program staff. Over 20 workshops throughout the day will address the experiences of tutors, staff and students in their work together.
“This conference serves as an annual reminder that the work we are doing is critical to improving our society,” said Dorothy Miaso, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Illinois.
The On the Road to Literacy Conference provides valuable training and resources for tutors and students, but it also acts as a forum for discussion between dozens of agencies and exposes more effective ways of achieving shared goals.
This is an important event for a community that makes up one of Chicago’s greatest social services and educational resources. Anyone can register to attend, whether you are a tutor, a student, or simply interested in the critical work that we do and what else needs to be done.