ALTA NEWS
 
March 2016           Volume 23                  Issue 1
Started in 2015, ALTA Open Days are a means of  granting members of the general public, who are potential ALTA tutors and students, access to the ALTA classroom outside of the registration period. Many potential students shy away from ALTA as the classroom is an unfamiliar and daunting space.
Our Open Days last year received good feedback and so we have decided to host Open Days again this year at selected venues. 
During class time between the 6– 17 June, 2016, members of the public will have the opportunity to sit in on ALTA classes at the venues listed on the right !
Even if your venue may not host Open Day we all need to spread the word to ensure we have a great turn out in September during registration! 
Coordinators and tutors will be giving you invitations to pass along, so please do!
ALTA Online is benefiting from the infusion of new energy, with work beginning on Version 2 of the application under new developer Dacion. Armed with many lessons learnt from experience with the first version, which continues to be to used to shape the new programme, the new application offers ALTA an easy interface to upload and build lessons.As has always been the case in the ALTA family, resources are being pooled from within our ranks to get the job done. In our modified timeline, content development team is working towards completing the process, from design to upload, for testing with students by August, 2016 with launch at the start of January 2017.
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 Anti-Stigma Campaign 2016
With help from Pepper Advertising and sponsorship from the Citizen Security Programme (CSP), our anti-stigma team has been putting together a campaign with the aim of targeting prospective students as well as the general public.

 Some of our anti-stigma campaign team:
Back—Karelle, Molly Stollmeyer, Paige,Sharon Cumberbatch, Vivianna Kelly
Front: M’aisha, Paula, Past Chair Hetty Sarjeant and Maureen Baldeo.

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NALIS Youth Lit Tutors Feedback & Planning Session
Cheryl Thurab Prince and Judith Affoo conducted this year's Youth Lit Training Session on the 23rd January on the theme "Exciting Students About Reading and Writing".Coming from all corners of the country, the 12 tutors engaged with stimulating new writing lessons which included an "Extempo" demonstration from Ann Marie Walcott and "Dance" from Camilla Charles, both topical for the Carnival season. In the afternoon Judith Affoo demonstrated making a "Magic Book" teaching aid and then tutors put their heads together to come up with new ways to arouse the student's interest. At the end of the day everyone left with exciting ideas to try out in the classroom.
In February, Noble Philip tendered his resignation from the ALTA board. Noble has given generously of his time and expertise to ALTA since October 2013, serving as chairman from February 2014.
T-SHIRT SALE!!!
All ALTA ambassadors should have at least one ALTA branded T-shirt!

Now ONLY $60!

 They’re going fast so come into any of our offices and get one today!
Membership fees for Certified Tutors are due by April 30, 2016 for the 2015/16 financial year.

$30
ALTA says Thank You! 
Sponsorships& Donations to ALTA
Charlett& Gatcliffe Limited, Haji Gokool Meah Trust, Bermudez Biscuit Company Ltd, Terra Caribbean, Microsoft, Republic Bank Limited, Phoenix Park Gas Processors Ltd and EOG Resources.

We would like to thank the following companies and organisations for assisting us with our tutor recruitment this year by spreading the word to their staff, the national community or on their social media pages:
Guardian Media Limited, Trinidad& Tobago  Newsday, TSTT, Republic Bank  Limited, CL Communications, Government Information Services Limited (GISL), Massy Foundation, UDECOTT, First Citizens Limited, FLOW, The Trinidad & Tobago Parliament, The Office of the Prime Minister, Airports Authority, Chief Personnel Officer’s office, The Ministry of Public Administration and the Old Hilarians Association.
Price Philanthropies Foundation has confirmed a three-year, US$45,000 grant to support ALTA. With this grant, they have renewed their decade-long commitment to sponsor classes at the Arima Boys' RC school venue.This long-standing ALTA venue serves as a convenient option for students from Arima and surrounding areas in East Trinidad, seeking to improve their reading and writing.
Click here to read more!

 
Jenell Gibson, Vice President of the Hugh Wooding Law School Human Rights Committee presents Sponsor-a-Student donations to ALTA Mid-East Regional Coordinator Lilian Ramsaroop at the school’s NGO Open Day earlier this month.
 

Sponsor a Student!
Donation: $600 per year
ALTA will match a student to you and send you an annual report on his/her progress.
 
On Saturday March 12, ALTA hosted a Mental Health workshop for coordinators at our Belmont office training room. The workshop was led by Dr Peter Weller (left) and Nisha Naira (Msc) (right) who are both clinical psychologists.Many of our students have had very difficult home environments with both physical and psychological abuse, and tutors become aware of this through shared confidences or writing. We felt that it was in our best interest to provide some training for our coordinators to ensure they can spot behaviours that indicate risk to others and guidelines on how to deal with these. Continue reading...
 
Reading Circle, a hidden treasure!
Hidden treasure lies beneath the surface of Reading Circle, certainly a lot more than I anticipated. My experience at St. Anthony’s College on a Wednesday evening has led me to believe that Reading Circle is integral to the ALTA programme. Continue reading...
Tackling Literacy in T&T

A quick Google search of ‘literacy stats in Trinidad and Tobago’ will leave you pleasantly surprised, but also possibly confused about the need for an organization like ALTA. According to UNESCO statistics, since 1990 Trinidad and Tobago has enjoyed a steady growth in our already superb literacy rate which stood at 96.9% in 1990 and is recorded as 99% as of 2015.
On the other hand, the 1994 ALTA and 1995 University of the West Indies National Literacy Surveys show that 22-23% of our people aged 15 and over, are unable to cope with everyday reading and writing. 
Why is there such a large disparity in the statistics? Continue reading...
 
ALTA OPEN DAY VENUES

POS West
The Harvard Club
Diego Martin Gov’t Sec
Woodbrook Gov’t Sec

POS East
Belmont ALTA Office
NALIS (AM&PM)

Central
Montrose Gov’t Primary
Couva South Gov’t Primary
St James& St Philips Church Hall

East
Arima Boys’ RC School 

Mid-East
Holy Saviour Anglican Church
Tunapuna Boys’ RC School

South
Point Fortin National Library
Brighton Anglican Primary School
Siparia Boys’ RC School
Presentation College
St Stephen’s College
Gasparillo Gov’t Primary
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall 

For class days and times, click here.
 
IMPORTANT DATES

MARCH
24– Term 2 ends

APRIL
9– Train the trainer
11– Term 3 begins
27– May 1– Bocas Lit Fest

JUNE
6-17: ALTA Open Days
25- ALTA Tutor Meeting
9am– 12 noon
Venue: Belmont Training Room
Bring eats and drinks to share!

JULY
8- Term 3 ends
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TRAINING: NEW TUTORS

VENUE:Belmont
Day:Saturday
Dates: APR 16, 23, 30
           MAY 7,14,21

VENUE: Arima
Day:Tuesday
Dates: APR 19,26
           MAY 3,10,17,24

VENUE: San Fernando
Day: Thursday
Dates: APR 14,21,28
            MAY 5, 12,19
REFRESHERS 2015
Tutors, we want you teaching at
ALTA next year! Tell your
coordinator as soon as possible if
you are continuing and choose one
of the dates below to attend.
 
Level 1 & 2
Belmont Sat 20, Wed 24 August
South Sat 27 August

Beginner
Belmont Sat 3 September
 
Level 3 & Spelling Programme
Belmont Sat 10 September
 
ALTA was contacted by the NGO Arrive Alive to do outreach at the sessions they host for DUI perpetrators as it was found that some of them had problems with reading and writing. Jackie Rawlins our south regional coordinator and Judith Affoo, POS West regional coordinator continue to attend meetings to spread our message and encourage prospective students to sign up with ALTA during our registration period.
The Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain held a Literacy Awareness Week for its staff in the final week of February, 2016.ALTA was invited to do a presentation which was done by Judith Affoo and well received. We also used the opportunity to recruit potential tutors.We would like to thank Hilton Hotel for the opportunity to spread awareness.
If you know of any workplace in the hospitality sector or otherwise which may benefit from the services we provide at ALTA and would be open to an awareness session, feel free to  reach out to Paige, our Communications Manager.
 
ALTA welcomes new staff
Paige Andrew
Communications Manager
 
Paige started at the end of  January and hit the ground running with our anti-stigma campaign, tutor recruitment and outreach efforts. Her BA in Integrated Marketing Communications and brief but valuable experience in the NGO sector have equipped her well for ALTA communications.From Day 1 she has been fully engaged, quick and competent.
 
Carlene Waldron
Receptionist
 
If you have called our Belmont office recently you would have heard a friendly new voice! Carlene has come to us through OJT who are paying her full salary in a new arrangement for NGOs.
She started in the middle of January and has shown herself to be willing and able to handle a range of duties. Her excellent computer skills have already been commandeered to assist with tasks for ALTA Online. 
 
BELMONT
624-2582         
Mon-Thurs:8am- 5pm
Friday: 8am-4pm
84 Belmont Circular Road, POS            
altapos@alta-tt.org

 SAN FERNANDO
 653-4656  
Mon&Fri:9am-4pm
Wed:9am-5pm     
St Paul's Anglican Church Hall
3rd Floor
12 Harris Promenade   
Emmanuel Marcano
altasfd@alta-tt.org

ARIMA
664-2582                
Mon&Wed:8am-3pm
Fri: 9am-5pm
Arima PTSC Terminal Mall 
Carolyn Hepburn          
altaarima@alta-tt.org
Paula says thanks to East & mid-East tutors 

Putting aside their pre-Christmas plans on Wednesday 16th December 2015 five ALTA tutors: Earlyn Wilson, Pascal Pierre, Zobida Maharaj, Agnes Rouse and Veronica Fongyit,volunteered their services to conduct onsite literacy assessments at the St. Mary's Children's Home in Tacarigua. The assessments were conducted using the ALTA individual assessment tool in order to determine the literacy competencies of twenty-five children between the ages of 8 and 16.Knowing the students' literacy levels would go a long way in helping the administrators plan academic routes for the children.
Heart-warming student story to share?
Inspirational student writing?
Want to tell us about your first year as an ALTA tutor?
 
Message us @

communications@alta-tt.org
 
Dyslexia Association Training 2016

April 4 - 8, 2016
Neuro-development of Words - NOW!
Foundations for Speech, Language, Reading and Spelling

July 11 - 29, 2016  
Dyslexia Association Training in "Methods for Teaching
Dyslexics" 
For more info contact the
Dyslexia Association
625-5869
info@dyslexiatt.org
 
 
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Joseph Best, ALTA level 2 student did a television interview on Synergy TV last year.
You may have the next face of ALTA in your class!
We are looking for students from diverse backgrounds who would be willing to  record mini interviews for television commercials, radio and social media!
Speak with your students and contact Paige ASAP!
communications@alta-tt.org
 
 
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