Tutor Workshops

Upcoming Trainings and Workshops


Mixing in Math Webinar: March 17, 10:00-11:00am EST

On a tight budget? Looking for resources for Summer Reading 2011? Learn how librarians and literacy coordinators are using Mixing in Math, a set of FREE materials in English and Spanish that add math to story times, displays, and crafts. In this session, librarians and others who work with families in libraries will share experiences using Mixing in Math activities, introduce you to the over 200 resources, and show you how they sprinkle a little math into what they already do: story times, family events, book displays, and summer reading programs. You'll also receive materials from Mix in Math for Summer Reading 2011. Come ready to explore shapes, sizes, and patterns in everyday life! Vonda Bryant with the Broward County Public Library will join a panel to share how she has used Mixing in Math with her literacy program.

For more information about these materials, check out the Mixing in Math website: http://mixinginmath.terc.edu/.

To register for this session or for questions about Mixing in Math, please contact Nuria Jaumot-Pascual at nuria_jaumot@terc.edu or at 617-873-9663. Also, please copy valflorida@hotmail.com as you register.

VALF Balancing Act: Building a Sustainable Volunteer Adult Literacy Program – Free Program Management Workshop

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Homosassa Public Library
4100 S. Grandmarch Ave.
Homosassa, FL  34446-1120
Phone: (352) 628-5626

To register, please email your name, the name of your program, email address and phone number to valflorida@hotmail.com by February 24.

More about the workshop:

Effective volunteer literacy programs pay equal attention to all aspects of the program.  Learn how to evaluate your program and develop strategies for making improvements.

The session will cover tutor and student recruitment, support, in-service, and recognition, all in the context of today’s tight funding climate.  Find out how to package your program for donors and funders.

The session will also explore the roles of administrative volunteers and the value of having a board or advisory group.

This session is for program managers, administrative volunteers, board members, library Friends and those interested in starting up or improving their adult literacy program.

Presenter: Sandy Newell, President of VALF and state and national speaker on volunteer literacy and library literacy programs.

Some of Our Past Programming

Fast Track Reading Program for Volunteers

On October 23, we will repeat the popular Fast Track Reading System session in Leesburg at the Lake Sumter Community College from 9 am - 2 pm ET . Sharon Jaskula, manager of the Center for Adult Learning (CAL) at the Jacksonville Public Library is presenting. This popular program was presented by VALF in Sarasota last year.

This flyer has details for the session.

 9-09 wrkshp flyer.pdf
Email us at literacyflorida@hotmail.com to register.

In the spring, we are hosting a grant writing workshop in Gainesville.


February 1, 2008 Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Explore the “Fast Track Reading” course developed specifically

for lower-level readers by the Jacksonville Public Library.

The system incorporates a unique, accelerated approach to reading instruction that

focuses on syllable division, syllable types, and other word attack strategies.

LFv is hosting this free workshop at the Selby Public Library, the downtown library in Sarasota,1331 First St, on February 1, Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST. The library has found proven instructional strategies that work with basic reading students who have not succeeded in other programs. Sharon Hastings Jaskula, long time manager of the Jacksonville Public Library’s award winning literacy program, is the program presenter. Register today by sending your name, program name, telephone number, fax number and e-mail to
literacyflorida@hotmail.com. Also include your title (Program Manager, Tutor Trainer, Tutor, Teacher etc.)

The Jacksonville Public Library developed this program with funding from a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a federal grant administered by the State Library and Archives of Florida.

If you would like a similar workshop in your area, contact
literacyflorida@hotmail.comto see if we can arrange this or provide something similar online.


Balancing Act: Volunteer Adult Literacy Program Management Workshop

Learn how quality volunteer literacy programs manage all aspects of running a program. Find out how they pay equal attention to both support as well as to intake of volunteers and students.
Learn concrete strategies to help plan, manage and package your literacy program in challenging times.
The workshop is based on the experience of VALF members, the book, Maintaining the Balance: A Guide to 50/50 Management and the 2007-2008 VALF student retention and persistence study.

Location: Duneden Public Library

223 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FloridaDunedin Florida 34698
Date: September 12, 2009
Time: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET


at literacyflorida@hotmail.com, 850-245-6624

If you would like a similar workshop in your area, contact
literacyflorida@hotmail.comto see if we can arrange this or provide something similar online.