Texas is known for its bigness. Big state. Big hair. Big givers.
But some big things in Texas we don’t brag about – big drop-out rate, big population with low literacy skills, big population of non-English speaking people and the big secret that no one talks about – low literacy impacts our state in a big way – less economic growth, higher unemployment rates, more crime, more welfare and more taxes.
But the biggest impact is on the individuals who do not have the literacy skills to get a job that can support their family, read to their children, continue their education, become productive citizens of our state and to gain their independence.
You can make reading big in Texas by supporting Literacy Texas.
Founded in 2001, as the state literacy coalition we do things that no one else does: Provide training and professional development free of charge, provide free networking and referrals statewide, provide free resources such as consultations and accreditations, provide the largest community based annual state conference, unite the literacy community and advocate for the literacy community at the state level.
Literacy Texas is the statewide literacy coalition for Texas, connecting and equipping literacy programs through resources, training, networking and advocacy. Our vision is that every literacy organization in Texas will have the resources it needs to help as many people as possible learn basic literacy skills in order to participate fully in society.
Did you know?
According to the 2008 American Community Survey, Texas ranked 51st, for its proportion of residents with a high school education, which fell to 79.6 percent. Texas dropped one spot in the rankings from 2008 to 2007, being surpassed by Mississippi.
Quotes from Literacy Programs:
“The Literacy Texas Literacy Coalition Summit is the only training available specifically for regional established and emerging literacy coalitions in the state. It is an opportunity to share ideas, issues and learn from each other. The sessions provide training for new treads like workplace and workforce literacy. The Summit gives the coalitions a venue to be heard as a unified voice when speaking to state organizations. Many coalitions could not afford this type of training if they had to pay for it themselves. Literacy Texas’ focus on coalitions is essential for the survival of our organizations.” Sheri Foreman, Executive Director Houston Read Commission.
“Literacy Texas’ New Directors Training provided me with information that I could not have gotten anywhere else. The goal of the training is to help literacy organizations, executive directors, and board members make transitions with limited loss of productivity. Personally, I received real-time information that will serve me for years to come. I recommend the training to anyone who a new Executive Director or has held this position for less than three years.” Jill Kaeser, House of Amos, Houston.
If you are interested in volunteering to help an adult learner or if you have questions, contact our office.