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The Charlotte Adult Learning Center, in partnership with Southside Literacy Partners, will host a FREE 12-hour volunteer Tutor Training.

Those who complete the training will be ready to tutor adults needing assistance in Literacy, Numeracy, & ESOL. The training will be on the following dates:

February 18th, 2017 – 9:30AM – 3:30PM (lunch provided)

February 19th, 2017 – 2PM – 6PM

March 11th, 2017 – 10AM -2 PM


395 Thomas Jefferson Highway, Suite B

Charlotte Court House, Virginia 23923

For any questions and to register please contact the Charlotte Adult Learning Center at 434-542-5782 .

Charlotte Adult Learning Center’s Director Position Filled

We are excited to announce that we have filled the director position! After interviewing many qualified applicants, the Charlotte Adult Learning Center’s board and staff chose Lonnie Calhoun! Lonnie comes to us with prior engagement with the center, grant writing experience, and great ideas about our future.

Plugged-In Virginia Grant Goes to Two Counties’ Adult Literacy Programs

Funding from the Pathways to Improvement Program known as Plugged-In Virginia, was recently awarded to Charlotte and Brunswick county adult literacy programs. This is a Virginia Literacy Foundation initiative to improve employability skills of adult education and literacy students. Free classes, such as Communication on the Workplace, for adults reading at or below a 5th grade level have been and will be made available at these two counties in the coming months and years. Stay tuned for more information!

January 2016 Tutor Training

The Charlotte Adult Learning Center is hosting an initial 12-hour Tutor Training in January and February 2016. Location: Southside Virginia Community College, Room #20, in the main instructional building. Snacks provided.

January 9, 10 am-2 pm: characteristics of an adult learner, components of reading, motivation

January 16, 10 am-2 pm: strategies for comprehension, writing, assessments and goal setting

Feb. 6, 10 am-3 pm: special workshop by former Reading Recovery teachers Wanda Stewart and Gay Robinson

Learn how to teach a neighbor reading, writing, and basic math. Call 434-542-5782 to register. Free.

Spring 2015 Tutor Training

The Charlotte Adult Learning Center is hosting spring tutor training. Below are the dates:

Friday, March 27 at CALC 6-7 pm Orientation
Saturday, March 28 at CALC 9am-1pm (Light snacks)
Saturday, April 11 at CALC 9am-1pm (Light snacks)
Saturday, April 18 Special Writing Workshop at SVCC Keysville 10am-3pm (hour lunch break)

Volunteers will be trained in:

the teaching and motivating of adults
a variety of basic literacy instructing strategies
some basic math strategies including using manipulatives
some ESL strategies

All attendees will be certified with ProLiteracy upon completing all 12 hours. Becoming a tutor will enable you to make a profound difference in a person’s life. Please call434-542-5782 to register.

Put Power in Your Hour

Put Power in Your Hour!
Tutoring Strategies for Adult Low Readers
Southside Virginia Community College, Keysville, VA
Room: 103
Saturday, October 25, 10 am-3pm with a one-hour lunch break
RSVP by Oct. 23rd by calling 434-542-5782, or
Open to instructors in adult education and volunteer-based literacy programs in Southside Virginia. Other programs also eligible (call the Charlotte Adult Learning Center at 434-542-5782)

Being an effective reading teacher is a lot like rocket science. In this Southside Literacy Partners sponsored event you will gain skills and confidence as a reading instructor, whether you have experience or not. For example, what do you tell your students to do when they get to a word they don’t know? What reading materials are best for your students? How and when can you integrate complex reading tasks without frustrating learners? What can you do when a student can read the words, but doesn’t understand what he has read?

In this workshop attendees will learn to teach PreK through 8th grade word analysis skills, how to select appropriate material so students progress faster, how to use writing to improve reading, and how to improve students’ overall comprehension. One important resource, Pat Cunningham’s Making Words books will be introduced because of their simplicity of use and wide range of grade levels which perfectly complement individualized literacy instruction.

This workshop will be led by Wanda Stewart and Gay Robinson. In their forty plus years each of teaching, both have worked as staff development trainers and Reading Recovery teachers for Chesterfield County Public Schools. After retiring, Wanda spent ten years in Thailand as an English teacher and now tutors for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Youth Program and the Charlotte Adult Learning Center. Gay, who still tutors part-time, helped write, among other programs, the SOAR reading program for Chesterfield County Public Schools, a program specifically designed for teaching reading in small groups.

Attendees will leave with a handout of suggested activities to use during a tutoring session. This will serve as a reminder of how to teach students to be independent problem solvers using research-based techniques. Put Power in Your Hour! Funded by Virginia Literacy Foundation.