SCLLN Annual Conference Report
SCLLN’s Annual Literacy Conference has offered a wonderful opportunity for tutors, learners and staff to learn together for more than a decade. This year’s conference on February 25 at the Holiday Inn, Buena Park was no different. Tutors and staff improved skills and understanding of issues important to the field of literacy through workshops on financial literacy, reading fluency, job readiness, health literacy, family literacy, social media, teaching methods and much more. Workshops specifically designed for learners included writing skills, ProLiteracy’s EdNet and Naturalization 101. The 2012 cadre of presenters from all over Southern California was outstanding and they received positive feedback from participants.
One of the most powerful elements of SCLLN’s Annual Literacy Conference is that it brings together people from diverse areas of Southern California. This year, more than 30 different literacy providers from READ Ventura County Library down to READ San Diego and from coastal areas like Huntington Beach and Newport Beach out to Palmdale and Beaumont were represented. The Annual Literacy Conference also provides the perfect occasion to recognize and honor the winners and runners up of SCLLN’s annual Writer to Writer Contest. This year 12 adult learners were honored and, during the luncheon, attendees had the privilege to hear the inspiring letters of the four winners. For anyone interested in current issues in adult literacy, this conference is a must.
--Amy Crepeau, Literacy Volunteers, Huntington Beach Public Library