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News From Literacy Nova Scotia
A Message from Jayne Hunter, Executive Director

  • Literacy Nova Scotia is celebrating Adult Learners’ Week, April 1 – 7th.
    We received 38 stories from adult learners which have been published in the ALW ebooklet. We congratulate Frank Brown whose name was drawn from the submissions to win an iPad Mini.
    Lots of celebrating will happen on Thursday, April 5th. LNS and learners, including a class from CANU, will be at Province House and acknowledged by Premier Stephen McNeil who will read the proclamation of 2018 Adult Learners' Week in Nova Scotia. HRM Mayor Mike Savage will be hosting Dartmouth Learning Network to raise the literacy flag and proclaim the week in the Municipality of Halifax. Everyone is invited to the Halifax Central Library from 2:00 – 4:00pm to hear inspiring stories from Debra Paris Perry (LNS Board Learner representative), Todd Porter (CANU), Karl Francis-Williams (BSLN), Nicole Webb (DLN), Ouroba Al-Ahmad (HCLN), and Savannah Geizer (Cunard Learning Centre).
    The week will culminate with a training workshop for practitioners working with adult literacy learners on Saturday April 7 at Findlay Community Centre, 26 Elliot St, Dartmouth, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
  • We have received funding from Labour and Advanced Education to undertake an environmental scan for the development of a mental health module for inclusion in the NS Practitioner Training and Certification Program (PT). Our goal is to ensure you are well equipped to support your learners to reach their learning goals. Besides this survey for direct delivery practitioners in adult learning programs, we will also be holding focus groups. Contact jayne.hunter@nscc.ca if you want to participate or learn more.
  • I attended a workshop last fall where I learned about various fundraising strategies. I found it so pertinent to our work as a charitable organization that we’re holding one on April 28th in Truro. We’re able to offer it free to CLOs who are funded under NSSAL and have travel funds available. We recommend that several attend from an organization, including senior staff and board members. To register, email literacyns@nscc.ca.

What's New
Survey: Practitioner Training Mental Health Module
Practitioners, we need to hear from you! We are developing a Mental Health Module as part of the Practitioner Training Program. What do you need included in this training module to help your learners achieve their learning goals? The survey will be available until April 13th. Don’t miss out on giving your input. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes.

Opportunities for Learners
The Learning Beacon: Here's an opportunity for adult learners to have their stories published in our 2018 Fall issue! Please encourage your learners to write stories about their Nova Scotia hometowns for the Community Map feature. Email them to Marie David by Friday, April 27th. Read more

Applications for 2018 NSPGI Adult Learner Recognition Awards are available. These awards will be presented on June 18th at the NSPGI Golf Tournament for Literacy:
Gary Mason Learner Achievement Award
Teacher's recommendation
Nova Learning Nova Scotia Learner Achievement Award
Teacher's recommendation
Application deadline for both awards is Friday May 18, 2018.

Opportunities for Practitioners
Register now for Practitioner Training (PT) Modules offered in April, May and June 2018:
• What's Your Message? Relating to the Adult Learner - April 7
• Techniques for Teaching Reading, Writing and Spelling - April 9 to May 4
• Teaching Math: Keeping It Real - April 30 to May 26
• Teaching Math: Basic Principles - May 28 to June 23
Check out the Practitioner Training webpage for details on the program, modules, and tuition schedule. Contact Marie David at marie.david@nscc.ca or 1-800-255-5203.

LNS Resource Hub is the place for literacy practitioners who teach, tutor or mentor adult learners in Nova Scotia to share and co-develop teaching resources and discuss best practices. Email Elaine Frampton to request a registration code and create your account!

Opportunities for Organizations
IT Fund: $13,000 is available. Community based learning organizations can apply for up to $1,000 per year. Funds are to be used for equipment and resources necessary for the delivery of NSSAL’s Adult Learning Program. This can include computers, printers, software, laptops, ipad minis, and assistive technology software. Technical support will be considered and cell phone expenses may be considered. Read more information on criteria and application process. Funds provided by LAE.

The PD Fund committee will review applications and approval will be conditional upon funding received from LAE.

Computers for Schools: Does your learning organization need refurbished computers? We offer our LNS members laptops, computers, printers, monitors, keyboards, cables, etc. Place your orders today.

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Adult Learners' Week Celebration
Thursday April 5, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00pm at Halifax Central Library
You will hear inspiring stories from adults who changed their lives by upgrading their literacy and essential skills. Please join us in celebrating the power of adult learning! Read more   FB

This event is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries.

PD Opportunity: What’s Your Message? Relating to the Adult Learner
Saturday April 7, 2018 from 10:00am – 3:00pm at Findlay Community Centre, 26 Elliot Street, Dartmouth
Learn how to create better relationships with learners through clearer communication; practice listening strategies, setting boundaries, making your teaching transparent and not to give advice. Contact Marie David at 1-800-255-5203 or marie.david@nscc.ca    Read more

Annapolis Valley Regional Library Events Guide, April - May 2018
There's lots happening for children, teens and adults at AVRL in April and May! Read more

Employment Solutions Society / Nova Scotia Works Job Fair 2018
Thursday April 12 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Days Inn & Conference Centre, Bridgewater NS
Local employers who are actively recruiting for vacant employment opportunities will be in attendance.

Dartmouth Burnside Community Job Fair
Friday April 13, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00pm at Dartmouth North Community Ctr
Free to everyone, the job fair offers job seekers the opportunity to speak directly with Burnside businesses that are hiring for full and part-time positions. Read more

Hants Learning Monte Gras Fundraiser
Saturday April 14, 2018 from 7:30 - 11:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 35 Empire Lane, Windsor NS
Hants Learning Network's second annual Mardi Gras themed Casino Night fundraiser will feature Blackjack, Plinko, and other games of chance, plus great prizes, a silent auction, a cash bar, and appetizers by Cocoa Pesto. Read more

Webinar: How Your Nonprofit Can Avoid Data Breaches and Ensure Privacy
Thursday April 19, 2018 from 1:00 - 2:00pm AT
Increasingly, nonprofits hold large quantities of donor information, grant application details and financial records. Learn about what the cyber threat landscape looks like, and how to ensure the privacy of your organization's digital assets. Read more

Fundraising Strategy Training Workshop
Saturday April 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at NSCC Truro
Participants will build an understanding of current practices, review their organization’s fundraising readiness, understand the fundraising environment, and develop a strategic plan. Cost: Free to LNS organizational members. Non-members: $100 per person, $150 for 2 or 3 people, $50 for each additional person. Register by April 16. Read more

Nova Scotia Works Job Fair
Wednesday May 16, 2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Halifax Forum Multi-Purpose Centre
There will be representatives from over 60 employers in attendance. Free Admission. Read more

Scotiabank Blue Nose Charity Challenge
Saturday May 19, 2018 in Halifax NS
Join Team LNS and walk, run or wheel the Lifemark 5k race on May 19th in Halifax! Your participation in this exciting fundraiser will help ensure that Nova Scotians have access to literacy, essential skills, and lifelong learning programs. Read more

How We THRIVE Conference
June 17 - 20, 2018 at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax NS
How We THRIVE is a four-day learning institute that weaves together big-picture thinking, hands-on learning streams, visits to the community, mindfulness, and lots of creative engagement. Read more

NSPGI 2018: Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy
Monday June 18, 2018 at Fox Harb'r Resort in Wallace, Nova Scotia
Register now for our biggest annual fundraiser and enjoy a fabulous day of golf, fun, friendship, food and entertainment at one of Nova Scotia's premiere golf courses! You will be inspired by the success stories of our NSPGI Learner Achievement Award recipients, who changed their lives by returning to learning. Net revenue raised at the NSPGI will stay in Nova Scotia and will be used by LNS to support adult learners.
Read more    Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities
August 20 - 22, 2018 at the University of Prince Edward Island
The Institute offers plenaries, panel discussions and workshops designed to develop a whole society approach to promoting child and youth mental health in Atlantic Canada. Subsidies are available to participants from Atlantic Canada attending the full program. Apply by June 1. Read more

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In The News
2018 Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award
This award is offered by ABC Life Literacy Canada to Canadian organizations offering a unique and innovative adult or adult-integrated family literacy program. In addition to the top award of $20,000, up to four other submissions may be selected to receive $5,000 each. Apply by June 4, 2018. Read more

Breton Books Publisher Wants to Get More Local Content in Schools
Ron Caplan received a grant to publish Great Cape Breton Storytelling as a Canada 150 gift for Cape Breton classrooms. The plan was to give each student and teacher a copy of the eBook, and they would be able to learn more about Cape Breton storytelling by reading the stories anytime on their computer or phone. Read more

Rising to the Reading Challenges of Adult Learners: Practitioner’s Toolkit
This resource from the CanLearn Society in Alberta was developed to expand the abilities of adult foundational learning practitioners to work effectively with adults with reading difficulties. Resource

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