Literacy Texas Newsletter, September 15, 2023

46/50?! Say it ain’t so!

We’re exactly halfway through Literacy Month – with another great opportunity just round the corner:Adult Education and Family Literacy Week begins on Monday (nationally – and in Texas too!). So many people don’t even know the extent of low literacy – including that Texas ranks #46 out of the 50 states for adult literacy. AEFL Week is a great chance to raise our voices about this issue! COABE has a whole slate of events, activities, and resources and you couldn’t do better than to plug into their efforts.

Closer to home – our Needs Assessment numbers are lagging compared to last year. We want to invite the most relevant and helpful presenters to our symposia and to the 2024 conference – but we can only do that if you tell us what you need. Please take a few minutes to complete this year’s survey – then send it on to two (or three! or five!) colleagues in the Texas literacy world.

Thank you for being a friend of literacy,

Steve Banta
Executive Director
Literacy Texas

PS: After the Needs Assessment closes on September 30, we’ll draw the winners of this year’s prizes – which include a brand-new tablet (if you completed the survey at the conference) and $50 Amazon gift cards.

What’s been happening in literacy around Texas?

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month – 

LEFT: Northwest Branch Library has what you’re looking for! Find library card sign-up info here – for the whole Harris County Public Library system.

RIGHT: Saturday Stories are back at Rosenberg Library – with kids’ stories in English and Spanish.

Do you have a photo we could highlight in a coming newsletter? Get in touch!

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Announcement from Literacy Texas Board Chair Ernest Lewis III

Search for an Executive Director

Texas continues to be a strong economic engine for the nation and the world. It is a most opportune time to strategically position Literacy Texas as a key contributor to ensure that everyone can find a pathway to success.

Literacy Texas is soliciting applications for the position of Executive Director. We are seeking candidates with a passion for service and a desire to close educational and economic gaps. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker who can strengthen coalitions, bring innovation, upgrade the use of technology, and attract new business partners. As a society, we are on the verge of ever-accelerating growth. Advancing literacy and skill levels and keeping pace with the use of artificial intelligence and economic transformation will ensure that those we serve have a place at the table.

If you are up to the challenge and want to be considered for this position, please review the job description, and submit your resume to our executive search consultant by emailing: [email protected]

We congratulate outgoing Executive Director Steve Banta on his upcoming retirement, and look forward to celebrating his many contributions to Literacy Texas in recent years.