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Director's Letter Spring 2017

Welcome Spring! The longer days and sunnier skies inspire new energy and forward thinking. At least that is the feeling here at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. We have welcomed two new staff members, Chris and Shasha, both of whom bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to their work, along with passion for the mission and new programs. The new programs are underway and teachers and adult learners are embracing these added opportunities to learn, engage new technologies, and blaze new partnerships. The spirit of change and growth is contagious. You can feel the energy of spring at LCNV.

The articles ahead describe the progress of many of LCNV’s new initiatives and nearly all of them feature quotes about our motivated learners. That is one of the joys of working in adult education – witnessing the motivation to learn, achieve, reach higher and see dreams come true. It is our responsibility to feed that motivation and inspire life-long learning. That is the reason LCNV is so energized by the new programs we are offering. We are promoting pathways to success, encouraging more hours of instruction and teaching our faculty to incorporate technology that helps us all envision future possibilities. Student enrollment is up, retention is strong and students are achieving measurable results more quickly.  

LCNV volunteers are embracing their new roles, too. Over 40 new volunteers attended the most recent Instructor Training with an enthusiasm for serving as ELL Class Aides and Supplemental Tutors. These newly trained instructors will help LCNV keep the student-teacher ratio low during class, and provide more students with additional hours after class; promoting more intensive instruction to our motivated learners. The support of our volunteers, combined with the success of our Campaign for Literacy means that our learners achieve more both inside and outside of the classroom.

Join the movement. Keep the momentum alive. Spring is in the air at LCNV.


Patti Donnelly, Executive Director