Thank you to those who were able to attend the teacher training
workshops offered this month. Please check this newsletter for upcoming training
opportunities that are not only fun but are chock full of practical tips and
Quench your thirst for ESL
knowledge: It's not too late! You can still attend a workshop in Hogar
Hispano's Fall 2005 Training Series. Jodi Nemser-Abrahams, Citizenship
Now! manager extraordinaire, will host Civics in the ESL Classroom on
Wednesday, December 14th from 7-9 pm at the Hogar. For many of today’s
immigrants, citizenship seems like an unobtainable dream. For others, living in
the United States without a basic understanding of government and individual
rights can impede their ability to succeed. Learn how to integrate these
important topics into your ESL classroom and receive information about available
resources. (RIGHT: Trainer Christine Roach gets volunteers pumped up at a
ESL Boot Camps on Dec. 10th, Jan. 7th and Jan.
14th: All sessions are Saturdays from 9 am-3 pm. Boot Camps are mandatory
for all new ESL instructors, but are also great refreshers for our veteran
volunteers! If you'd like to attend any of these trainings, please RSVP to Belle
Penaranda at email@example.com.
Fun in the
sun: ESL staff members Sally O'Dwyer and Belle Peñaranda travelled to sunny
Jacksonville, Florida this month to participate in the 2005 International Conference on Volunteer
Administration. Sally and Belle attended classes ranging in topics from
producing fabulous fundraising events to creating a value-driven volunteer
program. Aside from learning wonderful new ways to enhance our volunteers'
experiences at Hogar Hispano, the two staff members met and networked with many
other volunteer managers from around the world. Now they're happy to be back to
implement those new ideas! (RIGHT: Belle and Sally say cheese during the
Wrapping up another successful semester:
The end of the fall semester is quickly approaching! All classes will take a few
weeks off for the holidays, but then get back into gear again in early January.
Stay tuned for a winter 2006 class schedule in December, and look for classes
hosted at our newest locations: St. Michael Catholic Church in Annandale and St.
Veronica Catholic Church in Chantilly.
Looking back on Get
Connected: Thank you to participants of the Get Connected!
program that was funded by an English Literacy/Civics program through the
Virginia Department of Education. This daily program was held at Hogar Hispano’s
main office from October 2003-August 2005. Four teaching teams taught daily
beginning and intermediate classes offered twice in the morning and twice in the
evening, five days a week. Volunteers communicated their daily lessons and
reflections to each other via e-mail. These volunteers were also terrific about
letting staff temporarily “abduct” students for state-mandated testing twice a
semester. Here are some of the highlights from this program:
- Over 40% of more than 300
students met or exceeded steep achievement goals set by the state. Hogar Hispano
students outdid many of their peers in similar programs throughout the
state. - More than 50 volunteers were able to serve the immigrant community
by teaching to students enrolled in this program. - Hogar Hispano was able to
purchase a computer projector and 15 Dell computers with Pentium IV processors.
Students participated in weekly computer classes where they learned to use a
mouse, type, use the Internet, open e-mail accounts, use Microsoft applications
and more! Thanks again for your support of this project, and stay tuned for
even more achievements as Hogar Hispano launches another EL/Civics venture,
English ETC (English Education in Technology and Civics)! (RIGHT: Students
from a morning class at Hogar take a break from their computer lesson to pose
for the camera.)
Hogar goes to jail: Hogar Hispano’s ESL
program continues to make an impact on immigrants throughout Northern Virginia,
even offering classes to inmates at the Alexandria Detention Center. ESL staffer
Phil Spencer began a 10-week pilot program at the detention center last spring
and summer, and now he is back at it again, teaching the classes once a week on
Tuesday mornings from 9–11 am. Phil hopes that the program will eventually meet
twice a week. If you are interested in volunteering at the detention center,
please contact Phil at 703-534-9805 x243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESL instructors: We will have several openings for ESL teachers
starting in January 2006 for the winter semester (particularly in Falls
Church, Chantilly and Annandale). Please attend an ESL program volunteer
orientation session in December. For details, contact Belle at 703-534-9805
x239 or email@example.com.
Site coordinator at St. Rita's: The ESL department is looking for
1-2 dedicated volunteers to coordinate the hugely successful Tuesday/Thursday
classes at St. Rita's in Alexandria. No ESL experience is necessary-- but it's
helpful if you're bilingual and very organized! This is a perfect opportunity
for someone who loves to meet new people and wants to get their feet wet in
ESL. Please contact Belle at 703-534-9805 x239 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data entry volunteer: Like playing with numbers? Come hang out with
the ESL staff at the Falls Church office and help us get our very first
student database off the ground. We ask for a commitment of 4 hours a week
during the daytime. No previous experience necessary. Please contact Sally at
703-534-9805 x222 or at email@example.com.
available at Hogar Hispano:
Supervisor of Legal Services: Experienced immigration attorney to
lead an active legal services program. Duties include: recruit, train, and
supervise legal staff; implement and maintain professional office practices;
draft reports; liaise with other CBOs (community-based organizations); and
maintain an independent caseload. Required: license to practice law in any
U.S. jurisdiction; minimum 3-5 years immigration law experience;
supervisory/management experience; and Spanish proficiency. Send cover letter,
résumé, and 3 references to Paula Fitzgerald at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to
703-534-9809. No phone calls please. EOE. Excellent benefits.
Evening ESL Program Coordinator: We are seeking a dynamic,
multi-talented individual to oversee ESL classes. Primary responsibilities
include: managing volunteer teachers, substitute teaching, monitoring classes
and providing instructor student support. Hours will be Monday-Friday from
5:00-9:00 PM and occasional weekends. Prerequisites are: -BA in Education or
related field preferred, currently completing BA acceptable. -Some proficiency
in Spanish desired. -Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Internet.
-Proficiency in multimedia editing software preferred. -Excellent
interpersonal skills. -Self-starter with ability to work well individually and
in a team environment. -Able to work nights and occasional weekends. -Valid
driver’s license. To apply, please e-mail, fax or send your cover letter and
résumé to Jodi Nemser-Abrahams at
or 703-534-9809. Our address is 6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 307, Falls Church,
Buy a Hogar Hispano T-shirt and tote bag: Promote the
Hogar Hispano ESL program and make a fashion statement at the same time!
T-shirts are 100% cotton and read, "Hogar Hispano: Serving the Immigrant
Community" and come in small, medium or large. The cost is a measly $7 (plus $3
shipping). Tote bags are blue and black, and feature the Hogar Hispano logo (see
a picture of the ESL staff sporting the bags below!). They're large enough to
carry all of your teaching materials and more! The cost is $10 (plus $3
shipping). Order both for just $20! Send an e-mail to email@example.com with your name and
quantity needed (include your size if ordering a T-shirt) or simply call
Practical Ideas for Working with Literacy Students,
Dec. 10: The Saturday Training Series for ESOL Teachers and Tutors is
offered by Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Adult ESOL and is free and
open to anyone working with adult English language learners. Sessions are held
one Saturday a month from 9:30 am–11:30 am at Marshall High School (7731
Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043) in Michael Hall. If parking is full in
front of the school, please park in the back and enter through the back door of
the school. If you plan to attend a session, please RSVP to FCPS Adult ESOL
Program at 703-506-2206.
Hogar Hispano is a
non-profit organization that provides assistance to immigrants of all
nationalities and religions. As part of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of
Arlington, Hogar Hispano helps newcomers achieve self-sufficiency and
successfully integrate into American society by offering a wide range of
services at little or no cost. Hogar Hispano offers English as a Second Language
classes, legal counseling and representation, naturalization assistance, job
placement services, and social services.
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