Register Now for Washtenaw Literacy's Free Power Tutoring Event

Network and sharpen your skills in these popular workshops

Jan 07, 2010, 15:22 ET from Washtenaw Literacy

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Washtenaw Literacy, a non-profit organization devoted to eradicating adult illiteracy, is now accepting registrations for the 6th annual Power Tutoring event. Power Tutoring offers a free series of learning workshops for Michigan's professional and paraprofessional literacy providers. This year, Power Tutoring will take place on Saturday, February 27th. Washtenaw Community College generously donates needed classroom space and equipment for the event.

Workshops provide answers to tutors' current concerns and focus on practical teaching techniques.

Sessions cover a broad range of topics including: working with advanced learners, making a book come alive, teaching to the test (both COMPASS and TOEFL), ESL tutoring, and more. The event is expected to draw participants from around the state, so early registration is strongly encouraged. Last year, the event attracted nearly 120 tutors and learners.

Participants enjoy networking and sharing ideas about tutoring programs. The event is planned and implemented by a group of mentors: dedicated and experienced Washtenaw Literacy volunteers. "It's very energizing and motivating to see so many people passionate about eliminating illiteracy," says Alison Austin, a Washtenaw Literacy staff member and organizer of the Power Tutoring event.

Amy Goodman, Washtenaw Literacy's Executive Director, notes: "Power Tutoring has become a key component of our fight against illiteracy. While the focus of this event is on individuals, there are also ways for corporations and businesses to get involved." Washtenaw Literacy offers brown bag lunch presentations, the ABCs of Washtenaw Literacy, to help prospective volunteers learn about all of the ways they can help neighbors who are struggling to read, write or communicate in English.

For more information on Power Tutoring or the ABCs of Washtenaw Literary, please call Washtenaw Literacy at (734) 879-1320 or go to

About Washtenaw Literacy

Washtenaw Literacy's purpose is straightforward: we help adults change their lives through literacy. Our organization has over 35 years experience in helping men and women improve their reading, writing and English as a second language skills.

Our core program is one-on-one tutoring. This is the approach our first volunteer tutors used in 1971. The reason we still use it today is because it works. Over 90% of adults in our one-on-one tutoring program reach one or more of their goals. Part of this success stems from our "designer tutor" approach. We train each of our volunteer tutors to plan lessons according to the learner's strengths, needs and goals. Adult learners in our program are motivated because they are setting, and meeting, their own standards for success.

This focus on individual goals makes our program unique in the county. Washtenaw Literacy is a critical part of our community's educational continuum. Someday we hope to have no need for our services. Until then, we'll support our volunteer tutors as they help low-literate men and women improve their skills and their lives.

SOURCE Washtenaw Literacy