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India’s First Literacy School for Grandmothers
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 23, 2017 in categoryStories from the Field
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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made strides to improve female literacy. Until recently, the majority of educational programs focused on youth. Now, what is known as India’s first Grandmothers’ School is changing that and emphasizing the importance of a literate, older female generation.  


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Earl Mills’ Poetry Expresses Ups and Downs of Learning to Read

By age 45, Earl Mills was married with five children, owned his own home, and had worked for the same company for over 25 years. Although he had everything he could ask for, Mills faced a significant challenge every day—he could not read. For over 40 years, Mills’ wife was the only person who knew he could not read. He was able to keep the secret between them until he was asked to read a Bible passage one Sunday at church. After that, Mills found help, and he read his first book at age 48.


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What Writing Style Reflects Your Personality?
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 17, 2017
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Which Writing Style Will You Choose? Your writing style is not much different than the tone of your voice—it is how you express your message. Your writing style is conveyed by your choice of words and your use of imagery, symbolism, allusion, syntax, metaphor, diction, and other literary elements. 


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Remembering the Literacy Legend Who Learned to Read at 54
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 09, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories
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Archie Willard, founder and first president of VALUEUSA, passed away February 25. He is remembered as a devoted and compassionate advocate of adult literacy and health literacy, and as an inspiration to adult learners everywhere. 



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3 Reasons Behind the Digital Detox of E-book Readers
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on February 27, 2017
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What is a physical copy of a book to you? Reading a printed book is a more relaxed and focused experience when compared to reading on a digital device. Your eyes don’t have to strain against that blue light projecting from the screen of an e-book. And without all the distractions, interactions, hyperlinks and multi-functions, you have the ability to digest any length of literature uninterrupted. 

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