Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit is the Decoda Literacy Library blog.

Look here for the latest news on what’s new in the library, useful links from around the web, and fun facts and contests.

Posts featuring books or resources are intended to highlight items we have recently acquired or accessed, and which we would like to share with our readership. They do not represent an endorsement.

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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

Literacy Day Message from Rob Fleming, BC’s Education Minister

Rob Fleming, B.C.’s Education Minister, shares a special message about the importance of literacy in our own lives and communities.

International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day! To mark the occasion, Decoda Literacy Solutions and the Vancouver Public Library are partnering in a ‘Literacy is Life’ celebration at the central library downtown. The program will include a Literacy Month proclamation from the City of Vancouver. This day is celebrated around the world. UNESCO has chosen Literacy in… Read more

Fostering Literacy in Communities Across BC

Literacy is fostered in communities across BC every day. Today we’re highlighting a few members of the network of Literacy Outreach Coordinators who work hard to address the literacy needs in their communities. Click on their photos to read their stories. There are 100 Literacy Outreach Coordinators in British Columbia. To locate the one nearest… Read more

Tips on TV

Throughout September, CBC Vancouver will be airing literacy tips from Decoda. Here’s a sample. You can view all six video tips on our website. Click here to see more. (And, yes, those are some of Decoda’s staff members on the videos.)

The Westcoast Reader

The September issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now! This issue has articles about Steve Nash, driverless cars, the Canada census, and more. And, there’s a photo contest this month! You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to receive… Read more

Calendar of Literacy Tips

September is Literacy Month in BC. This year’s theme is Fostering Literacy. Decoda has created a calendar for the month filled with literacy tips, everyday opportunities to build literacy. Click on the image below for a downloadable calendar. And, don’t forget to wear purple to show your support!

September is Literacy Month

Today is the start of Literacy Month in communities across BC. And it’s also the start of Decoda’s 4th annual Literacy is Life campaign. Literacy is Life raises awareness of the importance of literacy, and raises funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives across British Columbia. This year’s theme is Fostering Literacy. Here’s one… Read more