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Volunteers brighten the lives of students around Wisconsin and make staff lives much easier, too. Whether they are tutors, trainers, office assistants, board members or even cookie bakers, literacy instruction would be hard-pressed to happen without them.

Learn about the history of volunteerism in America and tips on how to thank your volunteers.

Find out how to make your point clearly and concisely in 2021. Anna Bierer, Northeast Regional Literacy Consultant, shares her favorite plain language strategies, who plain language helps, and where she uses plain language in her work.

Prescription labels are often confusing.  Understanding labels can be a challenge for all patients, but especially for those who have low health literacy. Patients who don’t know how to take their medications correctly can get hurt or even die. Wisconsin Health Literacy helps pharmacies create labels that are easier to read, understand, and follow. Follow these 8 practices to have a more patient friendly label.

People advocate for literacy to draw attention, change and resources to the cause.

Use these effective advocacy tips from a staffer who received advocacy calls for a Senator.

To vote and complete the US Census, adults must understand:

-- how the process works
-- who can participate
-- when they can participate.  

Worried about summer slide? Anna Bierer shares the summer reading programs and activities she found at public libraries in Wisconsin and what works for her family.

With all of the lists of learning sites available for kids, we thought it would be fun (and helpful) to share a list of our absolute favorites.

New to working from home? Here are some tips from Wisconsin Literacy staff to help you get started.

Census invitations are going out March 12-20. This corresponds with many literacy program closings. Here are tips to make sure our learners are counted.

In this new year, commit to clearer communication and fewer headaches! Follow 5 plain language strategies to get your message across faster, motivate your readers to act quickly and accurately, and reduce the time you spend prompting, clarifying and correcting.

The 2019 WIOA Roundtable's theme was “Innovation in Workforce” where attendees could learn more about the innovative programs, projects, approaches, and ideas happening throughout Wisconsin in the world of workforce.

Read about Michele Erikson's top 5 takeaways.

You are an expert about the literacy services you provide to your learners. You are the best person to tell that story. Here is how you get it out in traditional and social media.

What if you took the amount of time and energy you spend recruiting volunteers and swap that with the amount of time and energy you spend maintaining volunteers?

Aaron Goyette, from Literacy Servies of Wisconsin, shared with us his top 5 tips from the conference.

The GED conference helped me focus more clearly on people, who are students (not the other way around).

You are pioneers. It’s slow work. It’s long and hard work. But it's worth it.