24th Annual On the Road to Literacy Conference

Thank you to everyone who made the 2015 conference a success!

LVI names Carol Larsen from New Readers Press
as Partner of the Year

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome Session
10:00 a.m. Round One Workshops
11:00 a.m. Round Two Workshops
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Round Three Workshops
2:00 p.m. Closing Session

A special thanks to all of this year's workshop presenters!

View this year's photos on our Facebook album!



Tutor of the Year Award
Sr. Rosemary Ward
School and Tutor on Wheels, La Grange Park

From the beginning, Sr. Rosemary has impressed the program staff at School and Tutor on Wheels with her conscientiousness, compassion and problem solving skills. She had attended all pro-fessional development opportunities and developed materials appropriate to her students’ needs and goals. Since she started volunteering at her site in 2010, Sr. Rosemary has contributed over 200 hours of tutoring and she remains tireless in her dedication and commitment to her students and the tutors.

Sr. Rosemary’s initiative, dedication and passion to help all those around her to improve their lives is truly inspirational, and through her effort, she has made School and Tutors on Wheels a much brighter and better place to be.

Outstanding Tutor Awards

Paula Baron, Howard Area Community Center

“Paula consistently demonstrates a strong commitment to our pedagogical goals, and our participants benefit greatly from her professional expertise and experience,” states Paula’s nominator Jason Kaiser. Paula has accumulated over 65 hours of ser-vice in 2014. She has since worked one-on-one with a total of five students and has displayed patience and understanding of the challenges that are unique to adult learners.

Jack Fortune, Indo-American Center, Chicago

"Jack’s energy engages those he teaches and he has no problem working with people of different ages and back-grounds,” writes Laura Smith, Jack’s nominator. In addition to tutoring, Jack enjoys being involved in many student endeavors such as field trips, welcome breakfasts, extra tutoring and even staying past the expected tutoring hours.

Davida Kaye, Project CARE at Morton College, Cicero

“It is satisfying to know I am helping students reach their goals,” says tutor Davida Kaye. Nominated by Irina Cline, Davida has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the program and has contributed 39 hours of service to providing instruction to 15 adult learners.

Gregory Morrow, Center on Halsted, Chicago

“Greg has been an invaluable addition to the GED classes,” writes his nominator Jane Kim, “he comes into the program with an abundance of positivity, good energy and relatability that has really created deep connections with every student he interacts with.” Greg tirelessly researches new and creative ways to teach literacy, and additionally provides an empowering perspective that encourages students to learn.

Indumati Naik, Metropolitan Asian Family Services, Chicago

“Mrs. Naik is a tutor who teaches everything with passion,” writes her nominator Himali Bharucha. Over the past year, Indumati has donated 94 hours to the program, and her stu-dents, learners that have never gone to school, are becoming passionate about studying and improving their standardized scores.

Margaret Oyeleye, UIC Center for Literacy, Chicago

“Mrs. Oyeleye has proven herself to be a dedicated and compassionate tutor,” says her nominator Sharon Osinaike. With one learner who struggled with math equations and called it a “mental abuse to humans,” Margaret gave her constant exercises and coaching until she was able to overcome her feelings and attitude towards math. It was delight when she encouraged her student to move onto fractions, and her student happily said, “Bring it on!”

Jim Perry, Literacy Works, Chicago

“Jim Perry does it all!” exclaims his nominator Andrea Kelton. Every week for six years, Jim prepares a creative current events lesson such as analyzing a political cartoon by using computer visual aids, and he also assists with geography, history, science and the U.S. Constitution lessons.

Michael Sacco, Anixter Center, Chicago

Innovative, patient and effective at getting students to focus and work hard during their sessions, that’s how his nominator Leslie Kartali describes Michael. Michael’s teaching method is always flexible and changing because he wants to keep his learner’s interest up.

Daksha Shah, Metropolitan Asian Family Services, Chicago

“Mrs. Daxa Patel is a tutor whose strength is simplifying English comprehension and helping learners understand what is being said or written,” says her nominator Himali Bharucha. Daksha has a way of finding different ways to say the same things so that the context in question or spoken conversation becomes easier and natural for the learners. In this way, the students have gained confidence in their own abilities and are showing the will to do more.

Laherchand Shah, Metropolitan Asian Family Services, Chicago

“For Mr. Shah, working as a volunteer is a dream come true,” says his nominator Himali Bharucha. Learning a new language on a regular basis takes a lot of time and effort from learners, but Leherchand would always praise learners who are trying their hardest.

Robert L. Stephenson, Aquinas Literacy Center, Chicago

“Ever since Robert walked through the front door of Aquinas Literacy Center, he has made an impact,” recalls his nominator Alison Altmeyer. Robert not only serves as a tutor, but he’s also a mentor, a coach and a cheerleader at Aquinas Literacy Center.

Minerva Vasquez, Learning to Succeed, Universidad Popular, Chicago

“Deeply committed to her community and to the process of empowerment, Minerva has demonstrated exceptional initiative in all her endeavors within the organization and community,” wrote her nominator Miguel Alvelvo. After multiple years as an English Literacy Learner herself, Minerva decided to take on the challenge of tutoring her peers in and has demonstrated to be an extremely reliable volunteer – rarely missing a day of class and always communicating effectively with her participants and staff.

Read the proclamation for
Volunteers Literacy Day by
Mayor Rahm Emanuel



Media Mentions

Chicagoland Television



A different side of life … or what I learned at the literacy conference
Diana Schneidman, Stand Up 8 Times


Thank you to all of our contributors for your time and generosity!
Jack Tuchten
Wholesale Produce
Chicago, IL
Rush University Medical Students

State & Adams
Chicago, IL


New Readers Press
Syracuse, NY