Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signs the Right to Literacy Scroll (left). Literacy supporters gather with the Right to Literacy Scroll in the State Capitol rotunda (center). Drake University President David Maxwell signs the Scroll. Artwork by Candice Hulo-Smith, Drake School of Education Masters student (right). The Right to Literacy Scroll was recently presented to UNESCO. Follow this link for the story.
The goal of the Adult Literacy Center is to improve literacy, resulting in enhanced self-esteem, daily living, and life-long learning. Utilizing volunteers, the DUALC improves the quality of adults' lives by helping them learn to read, write and comprehend.
The Adult Literacy Center has been part of the Drake University School of Education since 1976. The Center is staffed by volunteers from the Drake and greater Des Moines communities who are dedicated to literacy and community outreach.
Imagine a life without reading. Literacy Center students have these experiences:
"I know I can learn. I’ve never been given the chance."
"I cannot read street signs or maps. I want to pass a driving test."
"I am not sure if I have read my medicine instructions correctly."
"I wish I could read to my grandchildren."
"I cannot even help my first grader with her homework."
"I read so slow, I get frustrated."
"I just want to be normal at school."
"I was afraid to hold my head up and look people in the eye."
"If I could read and write, I could do anything."
Adult Literacy Center
School of Education
3206 University Avenue
Des Moines Iowa, IA 50311
Anne Murr, Coordinator
The Literacy Center is supported by:
Persons served by the Literacy Center represent a cross-section of ethnicity and come mainly from lower income brackets. Reading skills range from pre-reading to approximately fourth grade.
To enroll for tutoring, call 271-3982 to schedule an interview and brief assessment.
All tutors are volunteers who meet for 1 or 2 hours a week in one-to-one sessions at the Adult Literacy Center or in area libraries. They each receive 9 hours of training in multi-sensory, structured teaching of word structure for reading and spelling. Tutors have flexible hours, Mondays through Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Requirements and qualifications to be a tutor include:
"This program has changed my life. I read a lot of manuals and now I can understand them!" His mother stated, "Brian made a cheesecake from scratch with absolutely no help from me! He read and executed every step of the three-part recipe flawlessly."
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"My student told me that he does not feel stupid at work anymore."
"I can see my student gaining confidence and self-esteem."
"Seeing Bill’s struggle first-hand, I learned to take things one step at a time."
"I really feel like I am contributing."
"I've learned to celebrate the little victories."
"Tutoring at the Adult Literacy Center is a valuable part of my life."