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News From Literacy Nova Scotia
A Message from Jayne Hunter, Executive Director
We’ve started planning for the spring. We are taking on two major projects. The first is an environmental scan of training needs for adult literacy practitioners to support learners with mental health challenges. This will provide the groundwork for a new module in the Practitioner Training Program. The second project is in partnership with NB, PEI and NL, Literacy and Essential Skills at work in rural coastal communities. LNS will be leading the Nova Scotian portion of this Atlantic project which focuses on fisheries.

Some other highlights for the upcoming months will be:

In February, we are holding a Special Meeting for members via teleconference to approve revised bylaws on February 21st at 7:00 pm. The LNS board will be meeting immediately after the Special Meeting.

In March, the deadline to receive PGI Grant applications and activity reports is March 31st.

In April, we have requested that the province proclaim April 1 - 7, 2018 as Adult Learners' Week in Nova Scotia. LNS will hold our Adult Learners’ Week celebration in Halifax on April 5th. We are looking for learners to speak at the event. Please feel free to contact us if you have a learner in your program who may be interested. Later in the month, LNS board will be hosting a fundraising workshop which is open to other learning organizations. Watch for further information.

In May, we will participate in the BlueNose Charity Run. Let us know if you are interested in putting in a team.

The deadline for nominating learners for the PGI Learner Achievement Awards is May 18th.

In June, our major fundraiser, NSPGI Golf Tournament will be held at Fox Harb'r Resort on June 18th.

Congratulations to Patricia Derby, Dartmouth Learning Network, winner of January’s 2 minute survey draw. We appreciate receiving everyone’s input. Look for March’s 2 minute survey on mental health.


What's New
Opportunities for Learners
Adult Learners' Week 2018: Enter your story about how improving your literacy skills has made a difference in your life. Your stories inspire others to continue learning. All eligible submissions will have the chance to win an iPad Mini and be published in the Adult Learners' Week 2018 ebooklet. ALW2017 ebooklet

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.

Opportunities for Practitioners
Register now for Practitioner Training (PT) Modules offered in March 2018:
• Literacy, Adult Learners and You
• Supporting English as an Additional Language Adult Literacy Learners (EAL ALLs)
There are still a few spots left to register in the modules offered this month:
• The Beginning Reader: Basics
• Communications: Learners in Transition
Check out the Practitioner Training webpage for more details on the program, modules, and tuition schedule.

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: $14,400 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 has been fully committed for this year. We will accept applications for opportunities taking place after March 31st only. New applications will not be reviewed until confirmation of 2018/19 funding has been received.

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. We still have 28 systems left in this year's allotment. For those who already put in a small order this year: you may request additional systems.


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Events
Free Workshop: Learn More About Writeforward
Wednesday, February 7th from 6:30 - 8:30pm at Halifax Central Library
Writeforward is based upon adult learning principles and current writing theory about assessing writing and supporting writing development with adult literacy learners. The workshop is presented by Crystal MacArthur from NSSAL. Register

Futureworx Events for February 2018
Futureworx Society’s mission is to provide employment opportunities to recognize potential and develop employment skills. Calendar

African Heritage Month 2018 Events Calendar
February is African Heritage Month. The 2018 theme “Educate, Unite, Celebrate Community” embraces education and encourages all Nova Scotians to learn more about African Nova Scotian history. Calendar

Free Webinar: Inspire Your Staff To Reach Their Full Potential
February 8 at 2:00pm AT
Is your team capable of achieving more? Are you doing all you can as a leader to help them contribute fully to your organization? Leaders will learn about new strategies to better inspire their teams. Register

Free One-on-One Technology Training Sessions
February 8 & 22 from 3:00 – 5:00pm at Pictou Library, 40 Water St, Pictou NS
Need help with the computer, smart phone, tablet or ereader? The Pictou Library is offering free one-on-one training sessions for all things technology related. Register

International Book Giving Day
February 14, 2018
International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. Read more

Webinar: Building Readiness through the Collective Impact Feasibility Framework
February 20, 2018 at 2:00pm AT
The Collective Impact Feasibility Framework is a useful approach for considering the nature of the problem being tackled and the community pre-conditions which are essential to Collective Impact efforts. Read more

Workshop: Diversifying Funding – Building GREAT! Corporate Partnerships
March 1, 2018 from 9:30am – 3:30pm at Alderney Gate Public Library, Dartmouth NS
Diversifying funding these days in the Community Sector is critical. Participants in this one-day workshop will explore what corporate partnerships are all about.
Cost: CSC-NS members $75.00 + HST, nonmembers $95.00 + HST Read more


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In The News
Family Literacy Builds Foundation for Life Success
LNS recognizes that the benefits of improving literacy are much more than just economic. Adult learners who return to learning and improve their literacy and essential skills have had their lives positively transformed. Their confidence increases, they get better jobs, and inspire the people around them. Read more

Shelburne County Learning Network Open for Business in New Location in Barrington
Classes have resumed for Shelburne County Learning Network (SCLN) in Barrington at a new location, the Municipality of Barrington’s Visitor Information Centre. SCLN offers day and evening classes for GED prep, Adult Learning Program Levels I to III, reading, writing, math and computer skills. Read more

February is African Heritage Month
The theme for African Heritage Month 2018 is Educate, Unite, Celebrate Community, to honour and pay homage to African Nova Scotians and their long legacy of uniting a passion that has provided a base to educate and celebrate an important part of Nova Scotia’s culture and Heritage. Read more   Fiction Booklist

Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq Students to Receive Funding for Coding, Digital Training
Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants has announced $1 million for Ulnooweg, a Millbrook First Nation organization that will teach 8,700 Mi’kmaq students coding, robotics, big data, 3D modelling and animation. The funding is part of CanCode, a federal program that will invest $50 million to improve students' digital skills. Read more

Getting Literate in Sports: Library’s Be Fit Kits Getting Kids Active in Reading and Sport
Getting kids’ literate in getting active is the goal behind a new and improved version of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library’s Be Fit Kits program. They have received funding for a second launch of the program that makes bundles of sports-relating items available for kids and parents to take out from a library. Read more

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for a Provincial Volunteer Award
You can nominate a volunteer in the following categories: Representative Volunteer Award, Youth Volunteer Award, and Family Volunteer Award. Deadline for nominations is February 16th, 2018. Read more

Resources
Grass Roots Press 2018 Adult Basic Education & ESL Resources Catalogue
This catalogue features 38 new additions to the Grass Roots Press publication line, including their new Soft Skills at Work series, six photostories for beginning readers. Each one focuses on an employee demonstrating a soft skill, such as teamwork, problem-solving, and punctuality. Resource


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