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Strategies for Teaching Adult Refugees in the ELL Classroom

“Refugees can have different needs in the classroom than other learners. They frequently have very urgent settlement needs; they may or may not have literacy needs due to interrupted education; and they have often experienced trauma.” Strategies for Teaching Adults Refugees in the ELL Classroom is a recent guide from Bow Valley College’s ELL Training… Read more

Science Literacy Week

Today is National Science Reading Day. It’s part of Science Literacy Week, a week-long celebration of science in Canada. Looking for a book about science? Click here for suggestions. It’s not too late to participate in some of the events organized for Science Literacy Week in BC. Click here for a list of what’s going… Read more

Digital Citizenship: Guide for Parents

Public Safety Canada and MediaSmarts have created  Digital Citizenship: Guide for Parents. The guide is designed to prepare parents for the conversations they need to have with their children when they first start using digital devices, as they grow and their online activities change, and when things go wrong. The guide is divided into three… Read more

Raise-a-Reader Week

It’s Raise-a-Reader Week! This year, Raise-a-Reader Week is September 14th to 21st. This Postmedia campaign raises funds to support family literacy initiatives. Read inspiring stories throughout the week in the Vancouver Sun about lives changed by family literacy programs supported by Raise-a-Reader. Click here to make a donation.

My Cat Makes Me Happy

A new UNICEF report released earlier this month highlights what Canadian youth think is critical to their well-being. My Cat Makes Me Happy: What Children and Youth Say About Measuring Their Well-Being presents the results of workshops conducted with youth across Canada. “What we heard from Canada’s youth is that objective measures alone—like young people’s… Read more

Writing Prompt with a Prize

Are you looking for an idea to spark some writing? Something that draws on personal experience? For yourself? For a student? A class activity? Take a look at Decoda’s Literacy is Life Fostering Literacy contest. Classes have submitted entries in previous years. It can be a letter, a story or a poem. It can even… Read more

The Learning for Health Toolkit

The Health Literacy in Community Organizations: a Toolkit to Support Engagement and Planning was created for Canadians who want to improve health literacy within their organizations and their communities. The 2017 edition was launched recently. Sponsored by the Public Health Agency of Canada, it contains: information about why health literacy is important, the links between… Read more

A Good Robot Teacher

Educational technology is changing all the time. And, the investment in it is significant. But there is limited evidence to demonstrate its effectiveness in improving student outcomes. In The Secret to a Good Robot Teacher, David DeSteno (Northeastern University), Cynthia Breazeal (M.I.T. Media Lab), and Paul Harris (Harvard) make the case that one of the… Read more

Council of the Federation Literacy Award 2017

Congratulations to Project Literacy Kelowna for being the BC recipient of The Council of the Federation Literacy Award for 2017. The award celebrates outstanding achievement, innovative practice, and excellence in literacy. Project Literacy Kelowna provides free tutoring in reading, writing, language proficiency, digital literacy, mathematics and financial literacy, with the help of 150 dedicated volunteers…. Read more

Newcomer Literacy

Many literacy practitioners are welcoming immigrants and refugees to their classes and tutoring sessions this month. In a recent Migration Matters information sheet, AMSSA provides a snapshot of the statistics on the literacy of newcomers in BC and summarizes best practices. Click here for the Newcomer Literacy two-pager. If you are a BC literacy instructor… Read more