LVCA Podcast Feature
LVCA Podcast Feature

LVCA Podcast Feature

On October 10, Ellen and Catherine were featured on a local podcast, Sunday Morning Wake-up Call with the Charlottesville Podcasting Network. This is a great way to learn more about our organization. Here are some topics that were discussed: 
13:15-15:00: LVCA history
15:10-18:54: Partnership with other organizations 
19:47- 25:53: Problems with functional illiteracy and solutions
41:21-50:25: Citizenship program/understanding the citizenship test 
Click here to listen to the podcast. 

LVCA Assisting in Multi-State Research Study Regarding Volunteers 

Due to the highly-respected nature of the LVCA organization and its tutors in Virginia, we have been asked to participate in a multi-state study to develop and validate a survey questionnaire designed to collect experiential data from volunteers who provide one-on-one literacy instruction. Robert (Bob) Craig (pictured right), a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University is conducting his dissertation project on tutor perceptions in volunteer literacy programs.  Bob is no stranger to adult literacy-- he has served as a volunteer one-on-one adult literacy tutor and a GED® math instructor. 
Community-Based Literacy Organizations such as LVCA struggle to gain insights about how well their tutor programs are recruiting, training, and retaining their volunteer tutors. Currently, most of the existing tools used to assess the perceptions of volunteers are broadly applicable to any organization and are not specifically designed for one-on-one adult literacy tutors. Executive Director Ellen Osborne encountered the same problem when conducting research for her Master’s program several years ago and said, “I’m so glad Bob is taking up this research. Bob’s expertise will move us closer to having a reliable way to obtain actionable feedback from our tutors about the quality of our volunteer tutoring programs.” 
A select group of LVCA volunteer tutors will be invited to participate in Mr. Craig’s study via a questionnaire and we look forward to sharing updates with you.  

Wordplay 2022

Wordplay is happening on March 31, 2022. Registration is officially open. As we are approaching the holiday season consider supporting our fundraiser by registering for a team. For more information visit our website at
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