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The Westcoast Reader – April 2018 issue

The April issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now. This issue has articles about zero-waste living, equal wages at JJ Bean, book giveaway winners 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

International Children’s Book Day 2018

Next Monday, April 2nd, is International Children’s Book Day. It’s a day to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. This year the international sponsor is Latvia. The theme is The small is big in a book. A children’s book signifies respect for the greatness of the small. It signifies… Read more

Refugee Rights Day Lesson Activities

April 4th is Refugee Rights Day in Canada. It marks the day that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was interpreted as guaranteeing refugees the same basic rights as anyone else in Canada. BC TEAL has created Refugee Rights Day Lesson Activities for EAL classrooms.  These intercultural competency-informed materials support classroom conversations on diversity,… Read more

Parents as Literacy Supporters in Immigrant Communities

“Being new to Canada, IPALS helped me to understand how to make reading an important part of preschool and how to use things around my house to improve learning skills. I learned how to teach my kids in playful and interesting ways (like counting beans) to learn math. Learning can be fun – this is… Read more

eLearning Toolkit

Teaching adult ELL online is different from teaching face to face. How do you make it accessible? How do you communicate effectively? How do you keep students engaged? Find help with answering these questions and more in the eLearning Toolkit from Bow Valley College. This e-toolkit is for ELL instructors and course developers teaching in… Read more

Family Activities

Looking for some quick and easy family activities to do with your baby, toddler or preschooler? Don’t forget that Decoda has a lot of ideas and they’re available to download for free. Here are a few of them: 15 Minutes of Fun Let’s Play Together! STEAM Family Fun Tuning into Music What’s on My Plate?… Read more

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is this coming Saturday, March 24th. At 8:30 pm local time, switch off your lights for one hour. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, this annual event began as a way of drawing attention to the dangers of climate change. This year there is an additional focus on protecting nature and biodiversity. To… Read more

Helping End Racial Discrimination

Today is the International Day to End Racial Discrimination! This year’s theme is Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination. Below is one of the postcards from the UN More Than Meets The Eye: Let’s Fight Racism! Campaign. The campaign also includes suggestions for making classrooms a… Read more

Learning about Poetry

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. – Rita Dove World Poetry Day is tomorrow! It’s a good day to share the TED-Ed lesson on What makes a poem … a poem? Click here for the full lesson. Looking for ideas for teaching poetry? Take a look at 22 Way to Teach… Read more

Pursuing Grants Successfully with Patty Bossort April 20, 2018 12pm-1pm

In this webinar you will develop a successful approach for pursuing funds for your organization’s mission through grants. Learn: • How to prepare for successful grant applications • How to respond to acceptance or rejection of applications Patty Bossort has experience on both sides of grant writing – pursuing funding and delivering funding. As Community… Read more