9 MAR 2020

Read Write Now Newsletter

Have you noted the new location and office phone number of the RWN Central Office? We moved from Northbridge to the Leederville campus of North Metropolitan TAFE at the end of 2019. 

You can always find us by ringing 1800 018 802 or direct on 9202 4315.


WAALC Conference 2020 - Collaborative Practices – Creative ideas
Friday April 17 2020
NM TAFE Northbridge.

The Western Australian Adult Literacy Council Conference will bring together literacy professionals to share ideas, teaching tips, resources tried and tested and tips for working with a range of learners.

“Sometimes all it takes is the opportunity to see successful teaching in place to spark new ideas, generate exciting conversations and revitalise workplace actions.”

The Keynote speaker will be Dr Anne Aly MP.

The day program has now been released and there are a number of very interesting workshops, including “Engaging the Disengaged”, “Struggling Adult Readers – what instruction and support is of greatest benefit” and “Hands-on spelling”.   Choose your sessions on the day.

Lotterywest scholarships will be made available for volunteers to attend the conference free of charge.  Anyone wanting to apply for a Lotterywest scholarship must first register for the conference.  Please let Central Office know if you are intending on applying for one of these.

Information on the conference can be found at  http://waalc.org.au/2020-conference/

Coordinator Updates
It is always difficult to say farewell to those volunteers who have stepped up to take on the role of group Coordinator, but we understand when circumstances change and apparently there is life apart from Read Write Now! Who knew?  Coordinators play a vital role in the smooth running of RWN, and are the linchpin between Central Office, the tutors and students.
So it is with some sadness that we say a big thank you and enjoy your ‘retirement’ to the following people -
Colleen Clayden trained as a tutor, with her husband Richard, in 2005 and for many years she has been coordinating the students in the Stirling region.  Colleen has been an absolute rock in that area, where she has had some challenging but also very rewarding times.  Colleen’s calm and respectful manner has settled so many students’ nerves over the years and her efforts have been much appreciated.  Thank you Colleen.
Also leaving a role in the Stirling Coordinating team is Glenys Barratt, who has been in the program since 2015. Glenys had a TAFE and special needs background and brought so much to the role, and her fantastic assessments of so many students made life so much easier for the tutors they were matched with. It is this kind of experience that brings so much to the program, enabling the very best outcomes for people seeking help.  Many thanks Glenys.
Barbara Kelly worked incredibly hard to establish a tutor group in Yanchep in a very short space of time. In her 26 months as a Coordinator, Barbara almost trebled the group size and established a strong network of contacts in the community. The Program is indebted to her determination and effort to ensure the region has community-based literacy support. 

RWN now welcomes some new faces to the Coordinator teams.  
In Stirling, Robin Wake has agreed to assist in coordination of the region. Robin trained in 2016 and has a background in library and ESL teaching.  She will be a huge asset to the group and we look forward to working with her in this new capacity.
Linda Foster has put up her hand to keep the Yanchep group going strong.  Linda has a strong background in HR and sales and her interpersonal skills are exceptional.  We are so very lucky to attract people of such high calibre, the coordinator role is one of such varied skills.
Hayley Stanisis has joined the City Metro team, based at the State Library.  Hayley has been tutoring with RWN since 2017 and has always had terrific feedback from the students she has helped.  She will join the group of Coordinators working out of the State Library of WA which services the Perth city area and surrounding suburbs.

Positive feedback for on-line training
August 2019 was the start of our ‘blended’ training when we first trialled 3 days of face-to-face + the equivalent of 1 day content on-line training for new tutors.  The feedback was very positive and 2020 has now seen the implementation of 2 days face-to-face and the equivalent of 2 days content on-line.  We have found it is a good balance as nothing will replace actually being able to meet and talk with prospective tutors and allow them to meet each other.  Training is conducted at the Leederville campus of NM TAFE.

A Very Special Book Launch

City Metro tutor Jenny Tessler was recently invited to attend the book launch of 'Tales of Change' which published stories from twelve authors, one of whom was her RWN student, Fran Wilson.  Fran said her contribution, a story called "On a Mission" was only able to be written because of her tutoring sessions.  Congratulations Fran, a great achievement.

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