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Books for children and youth

Looking for books to build a library for children at home? The Association for Library Service to Children has updated their suggestions. As well as tried and true classics, their lists include under the radar gems, multicultural books, and new and notable titles. The lists have been created for parents and are available in easy… Read more

Library News

The Decoda Literacy Library will be closed from July 14 to August 5, 2014 for holidays. If you have books due during that time, don’t worry. You have until August 5th to return them. If you’d like to continue using them past the due date, just send an email to and you’ll get a… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Five myths about being an independent literacy professional

Sarah Elaine Eaton offers the voice of experience with some practical advice (and trade secrets) on being an independent literacy professional. Here are the five myths she debunks: Myth #1 – The work is about the language Myth #2 – Being a professional means someone else does the admin work Myth #3 – Being an… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Self-directed professional development

Do you have a work schedule that’s coordinated with the school year? Do you have a little more time for your own professional learning over the summer? If you answered, “yes,” you can develop your own summer school program! Here’s a list of several free, online courses that would be of particular interest to literacy… Read more

Is learning a staircase?

Recently, Annie Murphy Paul wrote a short piece on how overlapping waves would be a more accurate description of learning than a staircase. Read her thoughts here. Equally interesting is the quote at the end of her piece about embodied cognition. It’s part of a larger document, Bodies of Knowledge, that examines how mind and… Read more

CMEC Early Learning and Development Framework

The Council of Ministers of Education Canada has just released its Early Learning and Development Framework. The framework presents a national vision for early learning (birth to eight years of age) that can be adapted to the needs and circumstances of each province and territory. It is designed to act as a support to the… Read more

The Ulukhaktok Literacy Research Project

The Ulukhaktok Literacy Research Project was a joint community-based research project of the NWT Literacy Council, the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre, the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, and the community of Ulukhaktok. It examined the living literacies of Ulukhaktok, the traditional ways of sharing memory and meaning, information and knowledge. Kangiryuarmiut are… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Women in the trades

Recently, the Industry Training Authority of B.C. (ITA) released Leveling the Field: Best Practices Guide to Employing Women in the Trades. Leveling the Field was developed to help employers address the barriers women meet in gaining and retaining employment in the trades. It doesn’t promote hiring women rather than men, but looks at employment practices… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Grammar Bytes

Grammar Bytes: Grammar Instruction with an Attitude is a website that provides material that can be good for reviewing and reinforcing classroom learning. It contains grammar rules, fun interactive exercises and handouts for students. There is also a free grammar MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) with quizzes, a digital grade book, and badges and certificates…. Read more