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Developmental milestones in children

Children’s growth and development progresses in an orderly way. These resources provide a guide to what generally can be expected at different ages. It’s good to remember that while skills develop in a certain order, children develop at different rates. Read: Einstein never used flash cards: how our children really learn – and why they… Read more

World Day of Social Justice

February 20th is the United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice. It is a good day to remember that literacy is an important factor in poverty eradication, promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity, and access to social well-being and justice for everyone. Here are some of the resources in the Decoda library… Read more

Workplace Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013: Board governance resource guide

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy to business, industry, and the workplace. Today’s resource is new to the library: Board governance resource guide. Cindy Davidson. Barrie, Ont.: Community Literacy of Ontario, 2009. Also available online at This is a self-study resource guide to help literacy organizations and other non-profit… Read more

New book: The new social learning

New in the library! The new social learning: a guide to transforming organizations through social media. Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner. Alexandria, Va.: ASTD Press, 2010. This book describes the new social learning as a powerful combination of social learning (learning with and from others) with social media. It looks at how social media can… Read more

Building brains in early childhood

Even though the brain is developing throughout life, early childhood is a critical time for brain development. What adults do with young children builds the foundation for a healthy brain. Read: Preparing children for success in school and life: 20 ways to increase your child’s brain power. Marcia Tate. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, 2011…. Read more

New book: Our difficult sunlight

New in the library! Our difficult sunlight: a guide to poetry, literacy, & social justice in classroom & community. Georgia A. Popoff & Quraysh Ali Lansana. New York: Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2010. Two teaching poets with different backgrounds share their ways of using poetry, both reading it and writing it, to develop general literacy… Read more

Resources about resiliency in children

Resilience in children is the ability to cope with challenges, to bounce back, and to overcome odds. It is important to a child’s sense of well-being, particularly in stressful circumstances. It’s a combination of skills and positive attributes, and it’s something that can be developed. Read: Calm, alert, and learning: classroom strategies for self-regulation. Stuart… Read more

Three books about thinking and the future

New in the library! Now you see it: how the brain science of attention will transform the way we live, work, and learn. Cathy N. Davidson. New York: Viking, 2011. Documents a 2003 experiment at Duke University where the author had free iPods issued to the freshman class; in virtually every discipline, academic uses were… Read more

New online: Reducing stress and promoting mental health

New online! Reducing stress and promoting mental health in the ABE/ESOL classroom. Lenore Balliro. Boston, MA: World Education, 2012. Click here to access. This document gathers together ideas from the ‘Managing Stress to Improve Learning’ project. It includes “practical, hands-on approaches to help teachers practice – proactively and responsively – creating safe and stable learning… Read more