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The mission of Common Place is to embrace diversity and improve lives through education and family support.
The Adult Literacy Program at Common is a program that offers literacy instruction to adult learners. The primary objective of Common Place is to improve the quality of life for our students by improving their literacy skills. The Adult Literacy Program uses trained volunteer tutors to meet this objective. All tutors receive 16 hours of pre-service training and are asked to attend an in-service workshop every three months. Tutors will provide instruction to our students in a one on one and/or group setting. The subjects taught are reading, math, writing, science, social studies and life skills.
Adult learners will receive 1½ to 9 hours of instruction per week depending on their academic skill level and their availability. Learners are assessed monthly on their academic progress and quarterly regarding their life skills progress. The Adult Literacy Program’s Academic Advisor monitors the student’s academic progress as well as assigning classes and schedules. The Academic Advisor also evaluates and provides instructional support to the Adult Literacy Program’s tutors. The Academic Services Coordinator will assist the adult learner develop quarterly life skill goals and also helps’ the learner achieve them. She is responsible for monitoring student’s life skill progress.
The Adult Literacy Program will have a new student orientation twice a month. The orientation consists of a TABE/SORT assessment, introduction of staff and Common Place rules, regulations and expectations. Students are notified within a week regarding their schedule and class placements. Many learner/tutor pairs meet a Common Place, but some meet at area libraries. Two satellite locations provide space and some materials. The Franciscan Adult Literacy Center provides a learning center at their location as part of our program, which is run by nuns who are trained tutors in our program.