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Building Core Capabilities for Life

Adults need certain skills to get and keep a job, provide responsive care for children, manage a household, and contribute to their community.  Stressful experiences during childhood as well as stressful experiences for adults compromise those skills. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has produced a report Building Core Capabilities for Life:… Read more

World Book and Copyright Day

This Sunday is World Book and Copyright Day. “World Book and Copyright Day is an opportunity to highlight the power of books to promote our vision of knowledge societies that are inclusive, pluralistic, equitable, open and participatory for all citizens.”

Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated every April 22nd. It is a time to focus on learning about the environment and environmental protection. For a variety of resources with learning activities, click Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas. To borrow The Garden Classroom, email .

Guide for Trusted Adults

A Guide for Trusted Adults is designed to prepare parents/guardians, teachers, mentors, health and wellness providers, law enforcement, and technology professional  to be the trusted adults girls and young women need when they have problems online. It includes: practical information about the issues girls and young women face conversation-starters for adults to start talking to them about these issues… Read more

Building Preschool Vocabulary

Using descriptive words in conversations and day to day interactions with children helps build their creativity as well as their vocabulary. Using Fanciful, Magical Language in Preschool briefly describes how this can be done in an early childhood setting and offers samples of descriptive words to use in a variety of learning centres. A selection… Read more

Celebrate Your Literacy Volunteers

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week. We would like to highlight the impact of literacy volunteers throughout the week. If you have a great volunteer you would like to recognize, please send us a photo and a couple of sentences describing what that person does and the impact of their work. Send your submissions to… Read more

Implementing a Bilingual Family Literacy Program with Immigrant and Refugee Families

Title: Implementing a Bilingual Family Literacy Program with Immigrant and Refugee Families: The Case of Parents As Literacy Supporters (PALS) Authors: Jim Anderson, Nicola Friedrich, and Ji Eun Kim Date: February, 2011 This research paper describes the design, implementation and impact of the bilingual family literacy program, Parents As Literacy Supporters or PALS, in five… Read more

Real-life Math

What do zoo keepers, woodworkers, police accident investigators, nurses and real estate appraisers have in common? They all use math in their work. Real-life Math is a series of 20 short videos created by Arizona PBS that feature professionals in a number of fields discussing how they use math in their careers. They reveal how… Read more

B.C. Votes 2017

The BC provincial election on May 9th is less than a month away. Did you know that there’s an easy to read resource that helps explain the election process? The April issue of The Westcoast Reader includes a four page insert, B.C. Votes 2017, to help readers understand how elections work in BC. It contains… Read more

Depression – Let’s talk

Today is World Health Day! This year’s theme is depression and the slogan is “Depression: let’s talk”. Two very good resources in BC to learn more about depression and what you can do about it are Here to Help (the source of the plainer language series, including What is depression?) and the Kelty Mental Health… Read more