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Indigenous Picture Books

Picture books are a wonderful way for young children to learn about themselves and learn about others. More and more picture books written for children by Indigenous authors are becoming available.  How do you choose great books to share? Find suggestions in these five lists: 14 inspiring children’s books from Indigenous writers #IndigenousReads by Indigenous… Read more

Small but Mighty Resources for Tutors

The following four resources for tutors working with adults are proof that good things come in small packages! Two can be found online: Tutor Tools Working with Beginning Readers And two can be borrowed from the Decoda Library: Literacy Tutor’s Guide: Reading for Meaning and the Writing Experience The Tutor’s Toolbox These small booklets are… Read more

The OECD Learning Compass 2030

How do you prepare students for jobs , technologies and social issues that haven’t existed before? The OECD Learning Compass 2030 is a framework that defines the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that learners need to fulfil their potential and contribute to the well-being of their communities and the planet. It recognizes that learning is… Read more

Learning about Indigenous History

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. It honours the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. How much do you know about Indigenous history? Learn more in these five books: 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality First Nations… Read more

Creating Creators

Creativity is being recognized and appreciated as an important skill. But, what can be done to develop it, particularly at school? The LEGO Foundation has released Creating Creators, a report on what can be done to strengthen creativity in the education system. The seven contributors examine why it is important to develop students’ creativity, how… Read more

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is this Saturday, June 8th. It is a day to remember the role that oceans play in everyday life. And, it’s a day to remember the impact of human actions on the ocean. We celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They… Read more

New in the Decoda Library! – June 2019

The Decoda Literacy Library continuously adds titles to the collection. Here’s a sample of the newest additions: Find a list of all the newly added titles here. The Decoda Library is open to all adults in BC. We will mail the loans to you for free. Register to borrow here. To request any of the… Read more

Literacy and the Economy

In WHAT NOW? | Opportunity Lost, a new policy brief from the Canada West Foundation, Janet Lane and Scott Murray review some recent analysis of international and Canadian literacy levels (including PIAAC data) and economic performance. The new research confirms that literacy skills are an important determinant of economic growth. Two of the main findings… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – June 2019

The June issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It contains articles about the newest royal baby, summer events in BC, the black hole image, and more, including a good-bye and thank you to Carolyn Moi who has been The Westcoast Reader’s assistant editor for the last two years. You can find the Teacher’s… Read more