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Oswego Providers 1 22 2010

  1. 1. Literacy Providers Summit January 22, 2010 <ul><li>Presenter: </li></ul><ul><li>Kimberly Scott </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Powerline </li></ul>
  2. 2. Literacy Coalition of Oswego County <ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>100% Literacy through 100% Community Engagement </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The Workforce Investment Act defines literacy as &quot;an individual's ability to read, write, speak in English, compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual and in society.&quot; </li></ul>What is Literacy?
  4. 4. What is Community Literacy? <ul><li>The community comes together around shared problem-solving and promotes the vision of 100% literacy through 100 % community engagement. </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy is infused into all community initiatives. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why a Literacy Coalition? <ul><li>The magnitude of our low literacy problem is daunting. Oswego County is estimated to have: </li></ul><ul><li>11,500 adults below basic literacy levels (National Center for Education statistics based on 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy research) </li></ul><ul><li>23,800 adults without a high school diploma </li></ul><ul><li>(U. S. Census, 2000) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why a Literacy Coalition? <ul><li>Our problem continues to grow. </li></ul><ul><li>High school graduation rates (2008-09 NYS Report Cards) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>72% Altmar-Parish-Williamstown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70% Central Square </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>66% Fulton </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>68% Hannibal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>73% Mexico </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>79% Phoenix </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>73% Pulaski </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>69% Oswego City </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>85% Sandy Creek </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Why a Literacy Coalition? <ul><li>We need to dig deeper into whether our children are ready for kindergarten. </li></ul><ul><li>Other communities find: </li></ul><ul><li>% not ready for kindergarten </li></ul><ul><li>% below expectations on state exams </li></ul><ul><li>% not graduating from high school </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why a Literacy Coalition? <ul><li>Literacy and economic development go hand in hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, starting in early childhood and throughout the lifespan, the community and literacy programs must create a strong, literate foundation on which the education system can build. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why a Literacy Coalition? <ul><li>Children are prepared for success in school. </li></ul><ul><li>By increasing high school graduation rates, each graduate will earn on average $267,000 more than a non-graduate over a lifespan. </li></ul><ul><li>By reducing the number of people receiving welfare support, there is a savings of $127,000 in the cost of a person’s welfare support over a lifespan. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why a Literacy Coalition? <ul><li>By increasing vocational information and skills training, more people will embark on a career ladder rather than get stuck in a dead end, low paying job. </li></ul><ul><li>By increasing literacy levels unnecessary, health care expenses that are attributable to low literacy will be reduced nationally by $73 billion annually. </li></ul><ul><li>By developing a culture of literacy, Oswego County will build high expectations, high quality programs and high quality results. </li></ul>
  11. 11. What does a Coalition look like?
  12. 12. What does a Literacy Coalition do?
  13. 13. What does a Literacy Coalition do? <ul><li>Spread best practice throughout an integrated system of lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure accountability to achieve high instruction and program management </li></ul><ul><li>Engage the leadership of the community at its highest levels to build lasting solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Keep literacy visible as a top priority in the community </li></ul>
  14. 14. What does a Literacy Coalition do? <ul><li>With a county-wide literacy coalition and plan we have a much higher chance of success. We can ... </li></ul><ul><li>Increase resources for literacy and target investments for the greatest impact </li></ul><ul><li>Expand access to literacy services throughout the community </li></ul><ul><li>Provide coordination to assure the most efficient and effective services </li></ul>
  15. 15. NYS Literacy Coalitions <ul><li>Allegany </li></ul><ul><li>Clinton </li></ul><ul><li>Chemung </li></ul><ul><li>Cortland </li></ul><ul><li>Erie </li></ul><ul><li>Franklin </li></ul><ul><li>Herkimer </li></ul><ul><li>Kings (Brooklyn) </li></ul><ul><li>Madison </li></ul><ul><li>Monroe </li></ul><ul><li>Montgomery </li></ul><ul><li>Niagara </li></ul><ul><li>Oneida </li></ul><ul><li>Onondaga </li></ul><ul><li>Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>Queens </li></ul><ul><li>Saratoga </li></ul><ul><li>Seneca </li></ul><ul><li>Sullivan </li></ul><ul><li>Tompkins </li></ul><ul><li>Westchester </li></ul>
  16. 16. What has been done? <ul><li>Leadership Champion stepped up– Phil Church </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Council began meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce Action Team formed and initiative underway </li></ul>
  17. 17. What has been done? <ul><li>Workforce Initiative Action Team: </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy Bellow - SUNY Oswego </li></ul><ul><li>Phil Church - Oswego County </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Coultrap-McQuin  - SUNY Oswego </li></ul><ul><li>Nick DellaPenna - Workforce Development Board </li></ul><ul><li>Donna Donabella - Oswego County BOCES </li></ul><ul><li>Beth Hilton – Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Sabine Ingerson – ARISE </li></ul><ul><li>Maggie Killoran , Cayuga Community College </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Kurtzman – Oswego Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Jane Murphy , Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Weaver – One-Stop Career Center </li></ul>
  18. 18. What has been done? <ul><li>Workforce Initiative underway </li></ul><ul><li>Coalition (via Wes Hyde Foundation) received Snow Foundation grant to bridge low literacy learners to vocational training and workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Oswego County Opportunities received Job Applications Readiness Training grant </li></ul>
  19. 19. What has been done? <ul><li>Workforce Initiative underway </li></ul><ul><li>Unions and BOCES entered collaboration and linked apprenticeship program needs to training </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Volunteers Oswego secured VISTA volunteers to work on NY Reads: NY Works campaign </li></ul>
  20. 20. What has been done? <ul><li>Survey of literacy providers in Oswego County </li></ul><ul><li>Development of Literacy Landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Development of Literacy Provider Directory </li></ul><ul><li>Launch of Re$ourceLine as funding resource (today) </li></ul>
  21. 21. Next Steps <ul><li>Launch Re$ourceLine </li></ul><ul><li>Breakout Sessions – Action Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Gather edits/comments on Literacy Landscape and Directory </li></ul><ul><li>Next Workforce Action – Employer Summit – Feb. 25 </li></ul>
  22. 22. Literacy Coalition of Oswego County <ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>100% Literacy through 100% Community Engagement </li></ul>
  23. 23. ANY THOUGHTS OR QUESTIONS? CONTACT JANE MURPHY 342-8839 [email_address] The Conversation Continues…

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