New Readers will remind themselves and their friends in adult literacy programs that
Hope knows no bounds. Hope allows us to believe in the best for ourselves.

Thank you for Attending
New Readers for New Life of Illinois
17th Annual Conference on
Saturday, November 22, 2014

University of Illinois at Chicago
Center for Literacy
1040 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois

A unique event, the New Readers for New Life of Illinois is specially planned and conducted by present and past adult learners. In addition to students, program staff, volunteer tutors, adult education teachers and students' spouses are regular attendees. Home Bases for students, staff, tutors and spouses are also conducted. This conference is modeled after the past successful National Adult Literacy Congress. The Center for Literacy at University of Illinois at Chicago is the host of this year’s event.

View this year's album on our Facebook!


To keep costs down, this is a one-day conference, and travel is available.

New Readers 2011 Conference

Saturday, November 22nd

8:30 a.m.              Registration
9:00 a.m.              Welcome and Opening Session

Maureen Meehan, UIC Center for Literacy
Dorothy Miaso, Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
Beth Paoli, Literacy Office, Illinois State Library

10:00 a.m.            Home Base
11:00 p.m.            Workshops – Round 1
12:00 p.m.            Lunch
1:00 p.m.              Home Base
2:00 p.m.              Workshop – Round 2
3:00 p.m.              Open Mike and the Tie That Binds

The Dream ... New Readers for New Life

The late 1980s was a time when adults shared thoughts and feelings over coffee at a local diner. There, a particular group of adult learners came to a singular realization: they felt frustrated and different from their peers because they had been unable to learn.

As they probed deeper into this common bond of frustration, they discovered there were many others like them who also felt shut off from the world around them. Here were adults that felt they were being denied life as it should be: the satisfaction of gaining new knowledge, reading up on world history, understanding current events and enjoying literature.

This group of adult learners decided they would employ meetings and share ideas with fellow hungry learners from other parts of the state. Too quickly, they recognized the problem of communicating across such distances, but it was imperative to reach out and help others understand that education and knowledge are priceless. In hopes of spreading the philosophy that adults can learn, they sought to change lives and those of the people around them! 

With this grand vision in front of them, they were determined to incorporate the dreams of other adult learners throughout the state. They believed that with love, caring and mutual understanding in every problem, it will become the foundation in which dreams can grow. This is how student support groups came to be. With given encouragement and positive direction, their call to action encouraged groups that were just like themselves, and together, they joined as partners in a state conference for learners.

These special persons, together with like-minded students throughout Illinois, planned and held their first ever state conference in October of 1993. At the first conference, a successful gathering of thirty gave birth to 18 years of history in which over 1,200 individuals from twenty-one states have attended the event. Each year the conference continues to grow and new challenges are faced, but as long as we believe in ourselves...

Dreams Will Come True!

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Round 1
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Making Sense of Word Problems
Ben Jorian, Graduate Student, UIC, FAmily STart Learning Center (FAST)
Learn a step-by-step process of solving mathematical word problems. In this session we will engage in partner, group, and whole-class activities, and at the end you will be able to complete single and multi-step word problems confidently, and will be on the right track toward moving on to the next level in math.

Yoga for Learning
Becky Raymond, Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
Learning new things can be stressful.  At the same time, it’s nearly impossible to learn if stressed out because stress can cause our brains to shut down. Learn a few simple breathing and stretching techniques to help you relax before, during, and after tutoring sessions.  Learn how controlling your breath can help control your mind.  Treat yourself to a session of relaxation.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Sheila Dickson, Tutor and Adult Learners, Prairie State College, Adult Learning Institute
If reading is not really your thing, learn how to use other tools such as maps, charts and graphs to build your vocabulary and develop other important literacy skills. 
ESL Games for Comprehenshion, Vocabulary, and Grammar
Filtod Walker, ESL and Adult Literacy Trainer
In this workshop, we will play five of the top games used to teach and learn English comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar.  We will go over how each of the game teaches the skills needed and have fun in the process.  Bring a willingness to join in and learn in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Round 2
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Learning Basic Math ... Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division
Anna Manson, Tutor and Adult Learners, Prairie State College, Adult Learning Institute
Math can be fun!  Come to this interactive hands-on student-oriented workshop to learn tips that have worked for others and how you can make them work for you!
Stressed out: Managing Stress as a Student
Filtod Walker, ESL and Adult Literacy Trainer
In this workshop, we will go over the different types of stress in our lives, talk about how much stress is too much stress, and discuss some ways to deal with it.  We will specifically talk about gratitude and do a group relaxation exercise that you can use in your everyday life.
Health Literacy: Information About Aids
Bea Allen & Cheri Hubbard, Adult Learners, Literacy Chicago
This session will discuss AIDS and why it is important that everyone be able to understand what it is and how to communicate with doctors, nurses and other health care providers regarding it and other health care issues. They will also share useful tips in understanding and acting on health information.
Helping New Students
Harold Barnes, Adult Learner Leader, Literacy Chicago
Starting anything new is challenging and so is seeking someone’s help.  Students coming to a literacy program are not always sure of what they need and what to ask for.  Come learn about Literacy Chicago’s new student orientation program and how you can help new students at your program feel comfortable and among friends.


Mass Transit
CTA Trains (the “El”)
Blue Line Train – UIC Halsted and Racine stops
Pink Line Train – Polk stop
CTA Bus Lines and the Metra
CTA bus lines serving campus include:
60-Blue Island/26th,

Route 7 and 60 buses run from downtown west on Harrison St., connecting the commuter rail hubs to the campus:

    • The 60 bus boards on the south side of the Ogilvie Transportation Center on Madison St.
      (Metra rail lines: Union Pacific North, Northwest, and West.)
    • The 60 and the 7 buses board on the west side of Union Station on Clinton St.
      (Metra rail lines: Burlington Northern-Santa Fe, Heritage Corridor, North Central, Southwest, and Milwaukee District North and West.

UPDATE: Due to various construction projects taking place around the UIC campus, Harrison Street from Halsted to Morgan is closed down.

    • Westbound 7 and 60 buses will reroute onto Clinton, Taylor and Halsted before resuming their normal route on Harrison. Please allow extra travel time.
    • Eastbound 7 and 60 buses will operate via Harrison, Halsted, and Jackson to Canal. Route 7 buses will continue their normal route on Jackson. Route 60 buses will resume their normal route on Canal.

For driving directions
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Parking is available for $8.00 a day in a surface lot on the corner of Harrison and Morgan and there is a parking garage on Harrison that is just west of the building. Due to construction in the area, the parking lot on the corner of Harrison and Morgan needs to be accessed from either west on Harrison or north on Morgan.



Thank you to everyone who participated in making the 2012 conference a resounding success!

Click here to view the slideshow of the 2010 New Readers Conference.


For further information on membership in the New Readers for New Life organization,
call Literacy Volunteers of Illinois at (312) 857-1582 or e-mail