literacy http://wwno.org en Musicians Kick Off Campaign To Boost Literacy http://wwno.org/post/musicians-kick-campaign-boost-literacy <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">"Treme" actor and musician Wendell Pierce is scheduled to read to more than 500 New Orleans elementary school students in an effort to break the world record for largest reading lesson.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The current Guinness world record in the category is 440 participants.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:29:43 +0000 The Associated Press 52594 at http://wwno.org Louisiana families read together in 'prime time' http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-families-read-together-prime-time The national family literacy program Prime Time&#160;is underway in schools across Louisiana. The program works to refine family reading habits and attitudes about books. The weekly 90-minute session held in the evening brings together elementary school children and their parents to listen to and discuss classic literature. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:59:00 +0000 Kate Archer Kent 43718 at http://wwno.org Remaining Optimistic About Adults http://wwno.org/post/remaining-optimistic-about-adults <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans has a literacy problem. More than a quarter of the working-age population in the New Orleans metro are low-skilled and likely low-literate.&nbsp; There is a mismatch between the educational levels of our workforce and the 14 years of education required for available positions.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As important as our current school reforms are to the future of the city, the impact of its graduates won’t be felt for decades. Two-thirds of New Orleans’ 2025 labor pool is working-age adults, meaning — if we want to become a more literate and productive city — we must make significant investments in adult education.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Andre Perry 26759 at http://wwno.org Study Shows 27 Percent of Regional Workforce Lacks Literacy Skills http://wwno.org/post/study-shows-27-percent-regional-workforce-lacks-literacy-skills <p>A new study shows New Orleans and surrounding parishes are suffering economically from a poorly trained adult work force. The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center is calling for an “all hands on deck” approach to turn those numbers around. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 26609 at http://wwno.org