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Building adult capabilities to improve child outcomes

How does working with parents, other caregivers and communities improve the outcomes for vulnerable children? This 5 minute video from Harvard’s Frontiers of Innovation describes a theory of change that focuses on building capabilities of caregivers and strengthening communities to create an environment that fosters healthy child development.

Copyright Matters!

Can teachers play a sound recording or turn on a radio for students to listen to, or turn on a television for students to watch? Can a teacher copy for tests and examinations? Can teachers copy computer software for educational use? Answers to these questions and more can be found in Copyright Matters! Some key… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Positive results from workplace literacy training

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. Workbase is well known as a leading workplace literacy training organization in New Zealand. Here’s a video about the positive results achieved through one of their workplace literacy programs.

Tech Tuesday: Teacher iPad Orientation Toolkit

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources that discuss literacy, technology, and the digital world. There are a lot of online resources for using iPads in the classroom. Here’s a new one from TechChef4u that contains links to other good resources. Teacher iPad Orientation Toolkit – This isn’t just the basics, but covers 6 apps that are… Read more

Parental engagement in early literacy and reading achievement

I have some good news, and I have some good news. First, it’s fun for parents and young children to play together. Second, the benefits of playing with young children extend far into the future. This benefit is confirmed in Parental Engagement in Early Literacy and Numeracy Activities and Student Achievement in PIRLS/TIMSS 2011, the… Read more

Coming soon – International Literacy Day 2013

International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8th. For over 40 years, UNESCO has been using this day to remind the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. This year’s theme is Literacies for the 21st Century. A poster for this year can be downloaded from the UNESCO… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Competency Portfolio Development

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. A Resource Manual for Competency Portfolio Development Written by Lesley Hamilton, Suzanne Hooke and Sharon Davison. Peterborough, Ont.: Literacy Ontario Central South, 2011. For use by employment counsellors, literacy practitioners, academic advisors, and human resource professional, this online guide… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Google Timer

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. Have you tried setting a timer using Google? This video shows you how. Thanks to Dan Russell for these instructions in his blog, Search ReSearch. In the posting about the Google timer, he notes that you can set the timer using voice commands… Read more

How to read a book you don’t want to read

School readiness

As it gets closer to September, are you thinking about the school year beginning? Do you know someone who’s starting school this year? Here are some resources about school readiness for young children. Read: Calm, alert, and learning: classroom strategies for self-regulation. Stuart Shanker. Toronto: Pearson Canada, 2013. Research indicates that self-regulation, the ability to… Read more