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December 2016   |   Volume 14   |   Issue 4
News From Literacy Nova Scotia
Executive Director's Message
It’s been a busy fall with a lot accomplished.

We held a two-day provincial conference for practitioners with over 70 participants attending sessions. We received lots of positive feedback from the evaluations and are already brainstorming for next year to ensure a fabulous learning experience for all. It was great to see the Practitioner Training Program graduates. This brings the total up to 109 certified practitioners since we began 6 years ago (and over 1000 taking individual modules to improve their skills). For our member spotlight this month we are featuring one of these graduates, Mark Devereux from MetroWorks.

Along with the What’s Your Message workshop held at the conference, one on-line module was held in November, Integrating IT Skills into Your Teaching. We’ll offer more modules on January 8th. If you are a new practitioner, it's the perfect time to start the PT program with the introductory module Literacy Adult Learners and YOU. Many practitioners are looking for assistance with teaching low level readers; The Beginning Reader: Basics is just what you need, and features techniques by Dr. Pat Campbell, creator of CARA (Canadian Adult Reading Assessment). We are also offering a Math module which is required if you want PT certification.

We’ve held 4 writing workshops with Jenni Blackmore for 55 learners in Northern, Valley, HRM and South Western regions. We’ll be holding a draw for an ipad mini from story submissions again this year to celebrate Adult Learners' Week 2017.

We’ve given out an additional $10,000 in PGI Grants, approved $3,000 in PD Funds, used up our current supply of software licenses for Computers for Schools, and have provided funding towards the purchase of 5 ipads all in the last month!

We are especially grateful for the donations received from Claude Hamilton and the LIFE on LIFE Initiative as well as Claire Brunelle and the Lions Clubs of Nova Scotia. Donations like these allow us to continue to support learners, practitioners and their learning programs. It was wonderful to see bursary recipient Danielle DeCoff in the Port Hawkesbury newspaper. We also heard from a young man who is working hard to improve his life by getting his high school diploma. Your donations to LNS help us provide needed financial support to learners like Brandon, who is one of the 17 other applicants we were unable to support at this time.

We’re looking forward to a break for the Holidays and will be closed from December 23rd until January 3rd. We wish you peace and joy and we’ll see you in the New Year!
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What's New
Opportunities for Learners
Your stories inspire others to return to learning. We want to hear your story about how improving your literacy skills has made a difference in your life. We will be announcing the opportunity to submit learning stories for the ALW ebooklet in January 2017. All eligible submissions will have the chance to win an iPad Mini.
ALW 2016 ebooklet

Opportunities for Practitioners
Register for Practitioner Training (PT) Modules starting January 8th, 2017:
Literacy, Adult Learners and YOU!: Jan 8 – Feb 3
The Beginning Reader - Basics: Jan 8 – Feb 3
Teaching Math - Basic Principles: Jan 8 – Feb 3
Check out the Practitioner Training webpage for more details on the program, modules, and tuition schedule. The program is tuition free for members of Literacy Nova Scotia who are with a NSSAL funded program. Anyone can take the training.
Registration Form for NSSAL Participants
Registration Form for Non-NSSAL Participants (Tuition Payers)

Is there a PD opportunity that would benefit your learning organization?
Apply to the PD Fund. You can read about what others have learned through training funded by the PD Fund. All practitioners (tutors, instructors), coordinators, and board members are eligible for funding up to $1000 per year for professional development relevant to their role at their community-based learning network. To date, there is approximately $2400 remaining in this fund.

Opportunities for Organizations
Community-based learning organizations funded under NSSAL can apply for ipad minis and other assistive technology. To date, there is approximately $1000 remaining in this fund.

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In The News
Literacy Helps Lift Up Student
Port Hawkesbury Literacy Council Student Danielle DeCoff says she was a rebellious teenager who left school at age 16, but she quickly reached a point in her life where she wanted change. “I finally had enough courage to go back to school." Now Danielle is an LNS Bursary Winner. Read more

Lack of Literacy Requires National Plan
The federal government needs to do more to help Canadians who do not have the literacy skills they need to fully participate in society, says PEI Senator Elizabeth Hubley. She has launched a Senate inquiry to develop a national literacy strategy. Read more

NSCC Waterfront Business Management Practicum Opportunity
NSCC School of Business management students on practicums may be able to help your organization by providing in the range of 30-50 hours of work per student over February and March 2017. Read more

strADDegies for Success Survey
strADDegies for Success are tools to prepare youth living with ADHD and Diverse-Abilities to transition to college, work or self-employment. This 15 minute survey will be used to develop a program to help individuals in this transition. Read more

Rick Hansen Foundation Launched the Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative
The Rick Hansen Foundation is granting $1.7 million to schools and community groups to help Canadians activate 50 large-scale “Barrier Buster” infrastructure improvement projects in their communities. These projects will help remove physical barriers in schools and community spaces. Read more

Submit a Nomination for Canada’s Volunteer Awards
The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open until February 3, 2017. You are invited to nominate a not-for-profit organization, an individual, group or business who is making a difference in their community to receive an award; and promote the call for nominations to your stakeholders. Read more

Canada's Food Guide Consultation
Health Canada is revising Canada’s Food Guide to reflect new evidence and meet the needs of various audiences. Some users have difficulty understanding and applying some of the recommendations. Your input is required. Deadline is December 8th. Read more

Want Your Students to Love Learning? Get Them to the Library
A UK survey of children’s attitudes to reading shows the success of school and library collaboration. Library programs ‘complement and support what children learn at school.' Read more

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CSAE Holiday Networking
December 15 at Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, Halifax NS
Making connections and networking face-to-face is still one of the best ways to renew old acquaintances and make new ones in the association world. And what better time of the year to do that than the festive Holiday season? Read more

Leadership Lab: Support for Executive Directors
January 17, 2017 from 9:30am – 12:00pm
Participants will explore how to help support Executive Directors in their work. Do they need an ED school? Do ED's need coaching and mentoring? What kinds of tools and resources could help ED's do their best work? Read more

Webinar: Managing Volunteer Risk
February 14, 2017 from 8:30 - 11:30am
The session explores risk management tools, the volunteer management cycle and appropriate screening measures for your organization that will help you to build a volunteer orientation process that’s right for your organization. Read more

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The Learning Beacon Issue #14
The latest issue of The Learning Beacon, our interactive enewspaper is now online. Issue #14 has four features: What is Food Security, stories by outstanding adult learners in Literacy Changes Lives and Student Writing, and Moving On Up, an intro to Dartmouth Learning Network's free elearning platform for adults. Resource

Nova Scotia Home Schooling Resources
The NS Department of Education & Early Childhood Development website provides curriculum documents and information on outcomes for grade school levels. Resource

Assistive Technology
Assistive technology and related services play an important role in reducing barriers to learning for students with a variety of special needs and challenges. Here is Edutopia's resource roundup on the subject. Resource

Tips to Keep On Budget Over the Holidays
Holidays mean extra expenses. Here are tips for saving money and enriching your holiday experience at the same time! Resource