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Why Video Games are Good for Students
Posted by Ben Davis on June 14, 2018 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryMember Tips
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Looking at whether there’s a correlation between playing video games and learning will continue to gain popularity among teachers and students who are looking for an effective method to increase skills and test scores. The skeptics believe that there is no correlation between video games and improving test scores. But others increasingly see video games as a useful learning tool.


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The Prison Reform Bill is a Move in the Right Direction
Posted by Ben Davis on June 07, 2018 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryNewscategoryAdvocacy
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Recently, President Donald Trump signed a pardon for Alice Johnson after meeting with Kim Kardashian West to talk about prison reformKardashian West’s primary focus was to ask for clemency to be granted to Alice Johnson, who was sentenced to life without parole for a nonviolent drug conspiracy charge and money laundering. However, their talk also focused on prison sentence reform and rehabilitation programs, which would include education funding.

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The Surprising Lack of Low-Literacy Programs and its Impact - A Tutor's Perspective
Posted by Ben Davis on May 23, 2018
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We recently received a message from Larissa Phillips, a tutor in New York City and the author of City Stories, an illustrated collection of leveled, decodable stories written for the adult beginning reader. She gives an interesting perspective on the necessity of low-literacy programs and the importance of reading materials designed for those who want to move forward and learn how to read. 


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3 Surprising Reasons Why Volunteer Tutoring Helps you Live Longer
Posted by Ben Davis on April 26, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryAdvocacy
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While talking with Ruth Colvin, co-founder of ProLiteracy, she has said volunteering will “change your life as well as change the life of a student.” Besides the fact that volunteer tutors have the ability to better the lives of students, their families, and have the satisfaction of knowing that they improved their community, how else does volunteering benefit someone? According to the American Psychological Association, volunteering might increase your lifespan. “People who volunteer may live longer than those who don't, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves."

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From Convicted Ponzi Scheme Hedge Fund Trader to Incarcerated Literacy Teacher

We don't normally receive letters from people asking us to publish their work on our blog. It is even rarer when the writer is currently incarcerated in federal prison. Recently, Neal Goyal contacted us. After discussing whether to publish his letter, we decided to post his letter to the ProLiteracy blog along with his essay. Neal is serving a six-year sentence for stealing $11 million in a Ponzi scheme through his Chicago investment firm. He is also a GED and literacy instructor in prison. Neal truly offers a new perspective on the importance of literacy among the incarcerated. Here’s what he wrote:


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