The Portland Literacy Council (PLC) is a nonprofit organization that supports adult literacy programs, tutors, and students in the Portland metropolitan area.

PLC activities include publishing an online newsletter, sponsoring an annual volunteer tutor conference, delivering local tutor training workshops, supporting metro-area literacy programs, and awarding GED scholarships to low-income students.

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New and Noteworthy

Registration is now OPEN for PLC’s 2018 Volunteer Literacy Tutor Conference, March 10, 2018 at Reed College.
This year’s Conference theme is Equity through Literacy.

See the EVENTS page for information and registration.

 Recent Requests for Tutors

(See our For Tutors page for more.)

  • Sisters of St. Mary, Beaverton, is seeking a Level 3 tutor for its ESL program. SSMO serves a diverse learning community in Washington County. Mondays and Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., January 8 – May 17, 2018. Level 3:  English in Action 3 and Spectrum Language Arts 3.  4440 SW 148th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97078. Contact Sr. Catherine Hertel,, 504-644-9181.
  • Lutheran Community Services Northwest Citizenship & ESL Program is seeking 3-4 experienced ESL volunteers to assist with classroom support, perform assessment duties, and serve as literacy and small group leaders.  December 2017 through March 2018, Tuesday evenings,  6:00-8:45 pm, 605 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. Portland, OR 97214 Contact: Annie Karas – (email best), 503-731-9585
  • Drop-in tutors needed at two Multnomah County Library locations:  Midland Branch (starting in September) and Central Library Branch (starting in October). Drop-In tutoring offers flexibility to both learners and tutors. Lisa Regimbal, Multnomah County Library, 503-577-9984.
  • The literacy levels of parents are crucial in predicting their children’s literacy levels and educational attainment. (National Institute for Literacy)
  • More than 20% of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level,which prevents them from working at jobs with a living wage, hinders their ability to vote, and impedes their ability to read a newspaper. (National Institute for Literacy)
  • Adults who have not received high school diplomas are unemployed at nearly three times the rate of their peers with high school diplomas. (State of Oregon Employment Dept.)
  • The single greatest indicator of children’s success is the literacy level of their parents.
    • 43% of adults with low literacy skills live in poverty
    • 36 million adults in the U.S. have low literacy skills.

    Break the cycle of poverty:
    Reach a child in need — Teach an adult to read.

The 2017 PLC Tutor Conference was held March 11 at Reed College.  Here’s what participants had to say:

  •  “Excellent! Well-organized event. I’m very glad we came and look forward to returning.  Great presenters!”
  •  “This was my first time here and I was really impressed with the workshops, food, and all the friendly people. Everyone was full of stories and resources!”             
  • “All good presentations with great examples. Nice diversity of topics. Particularly enjoyed the TESOL-based Inductive Grammar workshop.”
  • “I loved the conference. Great presenters and yummy lunch! Great networking opportunities.”
  • “Thanks for another great event!”