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Financial Literacy Month 2017

November is Financial Literacy Month! The purpose it to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians and empower them to: Manage money and debt wisely Save to the future Understand their financial rights and responsibilities Every week has a theme, and the first week’s theme is Achieve Financial Well being. Key messages for this week are:… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – November issue

The November issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now! This issue has articles about soccer, photo contests, minimum wage in Canada, Financial Literacy Month and more. You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to receive the newspaper for free,… Read more

Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight

It’s Tech Tuesday! The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight was released earlier this month. This ongoing series tracks the use of media and technology among American children. Here are some key findings: Mobile is nearly universal. The amount of time using screen media hasn’t changed much since 2011, but… Read more

Complex Pathways

In Complex Pathways in Adult Education: A Longitudinal Study, Jill Auchinachie and Alison Bowe of Camosun College report the early results of a long term study of adult learners in BC Fundamental and Intermediate Adult Basic Education programs. The purpose of the research is to evaluate student outcomes over time. Participants were interviewed annually over… Read more

Early Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence Toolkit

Early Childhood Exposure To Domestic Violence: You Can Help is a new toolkit for people working with children from birth to 5 years old in BC. It provides information on how to recognize the signs of exposure to domestic violence in young children and tips on how to safely respond. It also includes key provincial… Read more

Halloween (and Pumpkins)

Looking for activities with a Halloween theme? Here are a few places you can find ideas: Donna Bowler’s Halloween in Canada package – Sign up for the successintesl mailing list (just email ‘yes’ to and you’ll receive some free materials including a Halloween board game and activities for High 1 to Level 3. Halloween… Read more

Staying Healthy Curriculum

Staying Healthy is an award-winning curriculum from the Florida Literacy Coalition. There are two levels. Staying Healthy for Beginners is written for EAL students at the high beginning level. Staying Healthy: An English Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living is the original curriculum, and it is suitable for low intermediate level students and… Read more

Cyber Security Awareness Month – Week 4

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and each week has a theme. This week’s theme is Digital Citizenship in an Increasingly Digital World. The focus is on respect for property, privacy and people’s feelings to create an online culture that is positive and safe. Digital Citizenship: Guide for Parents is the feature resource. For more resources… Read more

ESL Pull-Out Kits

The Minnesota Literacy Council has developed instructions for making ESL Pull-Out Kits. Each kit addresses a specific skill area and contains a list of materials, instructions for assembling the kit, detailed instructions for activities, handouts and supporting materials. Created to support volunteer tutors, the kits were also designed to save teachers time. Teachers provide volunteers… Read more