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Community Kitchen – Digital Badges

Wednesday November 28, 2018 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Learn about the new Community Kitchen Digital Badges, how they can be used in your community programs to honour and recognize the achievements and progress of the participants, and encourage them to continue to advance and build their skills. Learn about the 2 badge levels, the 7… Read more

Drop Everything and Read

Today is Canadian School Library Day! You can celebrate by participating in the Drop Everything and Read Challenge. Sponsored by the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association, all you need to do is drop whatever you’re doing and read for 20 minutes. It’s a reminder to make reading a priority and a part of everyday activities.

ACEs and Toxic Stress

ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child recently produced a new infographic that briefly explains the impact of ACEs and what can be done to reduce the effect of ACEs and toxic stress. For more information on the points in the infographic, read ACEs and Toxic Stress: Frequently Asked Questions…. Read more

Stories from Literacy Month

The entries for the Literacy Month 2018 contest gave us a sample of the variety of ways that people celebrate literacy. We’d like to share three of the entries with you today. Tirzah Johnson Each week on Thursday afternoon we enjoy « Poetry and Teatime », with soft music, snack, and sharing a favourite poem,… Read more

Using the Adult Literacy Database

Wednesday December 12, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm The provincial Adult Literacy Database is a database developed, managed and maintained (owned) by Decoda Literacy Solutions, on behalf of adult literacy programs in BC. In this webinar, participants will learn the fundamentals of using the database to track learner progress, guide practice and report to funders.

Soft Skills at Work

Are you looking for readings about workplace soft skills at a beginning reading level? Earlier this year, Grass Roots Press released Soft Skills at Work, a series that uses contrasting photostories to explore six different soft skills. Titles in the series are: Getting to Work on Time Putting Customers First Standing Up for Yourself Taking… Read more

UP Skills Update

UP Skills for Work is a workforce literacy program from ABC Life Literacy. It will include free workshops and workbooks with introductory information on key employability skills: motivation, attitude, accountability, presentation, teamwork, time management, adaptability, stress management and confidence. Last fall, three of the workplace skills were addressed: motivation, attitude and accountability. This fall, three… Read more

Newcomer Women’s Health Resource

Newcomer Women’s Health Resource: New Strategies for Women Learning English for Better Health is a new curriculum created by Diana Jeffries from The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS). If you work with immigrant and refugee women, this is a resource designed for you. This resource is designed to help teachers and students engage in the… Read more

The Value of Dyslexia

Dyslexic brains have a different way of processing information. This results in a pattern of strengths and challenges that is different for each person with dyslexia.  Although they have challenges with traditional learning such as reading and spelling, dyslexics can excel at other thinking skills, including creativity, critical thinking and communicating. To bring awareness to… Read more

Plain and Clear Language

Tomorrow is International Plain Language Day! The theme is ‘Let’s be clear!’ The following infographic was developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) in Ireland. Here are five online resources with more information: Clear Writing and Design: a reader-friendly handbook Making it clear: A Clear Language and design screen and checklist Plain language: a… Read more