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, and awarding GED scholarships and community grants.

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New and Noteworthy

  • Tigard Senior Center ESOL program needs a level 4 ESL volunteer teacher, as well as a general substitute to teach levels 1-4.  If interested, please contact Cindy Thomson, 503-413-9334, email:
  • Register now for the LESLLA (Low Educated and Second Language Literacy Acquisition) 2017 Symposium, August 10-12, in Portland! Register here:  LESLLA REGISTRATION.  See the EVENTS page for more information about the symposium.
  • SAVE THE DATE:  International Literacy Day celebration Saturday, September 9, 2-4 pm at Midland Library.
  • Multnomah County Needs Tutors for Drop-in Tutor Center: Volunteer tutors needed to help adults prepare for the GED exam, learn how to read and/or improve English skills. Tutors will work with adults to improve reading, writing, basic math and/or speaking, reading, and writing in English.  Contact Lisa Regimbal, 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 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!”