June 2016   |   Volume 13   |   Issue 10
News From Literacy Nova Scotia
Executive Director's Message
This past weekend we celebrated the work of Literacy Nova Scotia at our Annual General Meeting on May 27th. This AGM covered a transitional period of seven months as we change our year end from August 31 to March 31 to align with that of government funding periods. This was a change recommended by the LNS board and approved at the annual general meeting on November 13, 2015 and accepted by Canada Revenue Agency. The highlights of our work are included in the annual report.

Congratulations to all the learners, practitioners, support staff and volunteers who are celebrating a year of learning. Congratulations on goals reached and successes achieved. We encourage you to continue to be lifelong learners.

Three of our organizational members are highlighted in this enews: Community Learning Association North of Smokey, Employment Solutions Adult Learning Opportunities, and Solutions Learning Centre.

We are very grateful for our supporters, whether it be as volunteers, donors, sponsors, or those that recognize the value of our services and promote our work. NSPGI, our major fundraiser, is one way to financially support LNS. We are auctioning off 3 prizes. You could join us on the course by bidding on a golf package for 4 players. For non-golfers, there are two awesome prizes donated by author Sheree Fitch – ladies book club visit or a children’s party. You may also support LNS through Car Heaven (enables people to get rid of their older, high-polluting cars and donate the proceeds from their vehicle), becoming an LNS member, or making a donation. Your support makes a real difference in the lives of learners.

Donate to LNS via Canada Helps during the month of June, and every dollar you give will make us eligible to win $10,000 for learners' scholarships and bursaries!
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What's New
2016 Adult Learner Recognition Award Winners
The 2016 Adult Learner Recognition Awards presentation is on June 8 at the NSPGI Golf Tournament. These awards are given to adult learners in Nova Scotia who have shown exceptional progress and achievement in learning and literacy.

This year's winners are:
Hakim Ibrahim, Gary Mason Learner Achievement Award. This award recognizes an adult learner attending Levels 1, 2, or 3 of an Adult Learning Program and who plans to continue in the program.

E. Dale Reddick, Nova Learning Inc. Nova Scotia Learner Award. The award recognizes an adult learner who has completed the Nova Scotia Adult High School Diploma or the GED and who plans to move on or has moved on to post secondary education.

Congratulations Hakim and Dale! See you at the NSPGI!

Opportunities for Learners
LNS Scholarship and Bursary Awards Available for Adult Learners
Three bursaries of $500 and two scholarships of $1500 (one of which is designated for a NSCC Truro Campus Student) are available.
Bursary Application - Application deadline is October 21, 2016
Scholarship Application - Application deadline is October 21, 2016

Opportunities for Practitioners
REGISTER NOW - Practitioner Training (PT) Modules in June:
Literacy, Adult Learners and YOU!: Jun 6 – Jul 1
The Beginning Reader - Basics: Jun 6 – Jul 1
Teaching Math - Basic Principles: Jun 6 – Jul 1
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. Email Marie David to register for these modules.
Are you interested in doing any Practitioner Training modules in July and August 2016? Please indicate which modules on the Doodle poll by June 10th. If there is sufficient registration, those interested will be contacted and the module(s) will go ahead.

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 $7750 remaining in this fund.

Opportunities for Organizations
Community-based learning organizations can apply every year for free computer systems and laptops. Organizations should be replacing older systems each year. Apply today! These come with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 installed. Other computer accessories are also available through our partnership with Computers for Schools. To date, there are 59 systems still available to order.

Community-based learning organizations funded under NSSAL can apply for ipad minis and other assistive technology. To date, there is approximately $4,000 remaining in this fund.

Register NOW for the 23nd Annual Nova Scotia Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy (NSPGI)
NSPGI 2016 is set for Wednesday, June 8th at the Links at Penn Hills in Shubenacadie. REGISTER NOW! For more information about your sponsorship and to register a team, visit the NSPGI website or call 902-897-2444.

The Links at Penn Hills is an 18 hole, par 72 championship facility. Designed by renowned golf course architect Les Furber, the course features rolling hills, woodlands and spectacular views of the Shubenacadie River Valley.

NSPGI is Literacy Nova Scotia's chief fundraiser. Your support of the NSPGI will make a real difference in the lives of adult learners across Nova Scotia.

Following the tournament enjoy a delicious 3-course meal. All participants will have a chance to win great prizes, meet our celebrity guests and be inspired by the stories of learners who have overcome their literacy challenges.

LNS Presents Connie Kaldor in a Benefit Concert for Literacy June 7
Literacy Nova Scotia is delighted to present Connie Kaldor in Concert at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre, Tatamagouche on Tuesday June 7. Tickets $25. All concert proceeds will be used to benefit adult learners in Nova Scotia.
Read more

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In The News
New Literacy Strategy Lays Foundation for Learning
Premier Stephen McNeil and Education & Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey released the new strategy on May 20, which includes a $3.2 million investment for 24 Reading Recovery teachers, nine literacy leads and 28 literacy mentors. Read more

New Public School Literacy Strategy Replaces 'Piecemeal' Effort
The Nova Scotia government has unveiled a new literacy strategy designed to increase the focus on reading and writing for public school students. The basic components include devoting more time to focus literacy skills, more support for teachers and students, and a streamlined curriculum. Read more

Chronicle Herald Editorial: Improving Outcomes in Education
Education has never been more important than it is today. The sad truth is that hundreds of thousands of Nova Scotians have inadequate numeracy and literacy skills to function effectively in 2016. Nova Scotia will never become what it could be if we fail to address this issue. Read more

Delaying Kindergarten Until Age 7 Offers Key Benefits to Children
A new study finds strong evidence that delaying kindergarten by a year reduces inattention and hyperactivity by 73 percent for an average child at age 11, and virtually eliminates the probability that an average child at that age would have ADHD. Read more     Plain Language Version

Frontier College Appoints New President and CEO
Stephen Faul will join the Frontier College team as their new President and CEO on July 4, 2016. Stephen is the former Vice-President of Strategic Communications and Business Development for Imagine Canada. Read more

Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep
When educators debate the relationship between sleep schedules and school performance, they miss a biological fact: Sleep is learning of a specific kind. Scientists argue that a primary purpose of sleep is learning consolidation.
Read more    Plain Language Version

Google to Ban All Payday Loan Ads
Google has announced that it will ban all advertisements for payday loans because they often lead to financial harm to consumers. The move was welcomed by those seeking stricter controls on an industry that targets low-income communities. Read more    Plain Language Version    Learning Beacon: Payday Loans and You

Apply Now for the Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award
This award honours innovation in the development, implementation and delivery of adult literacy or family literacy programs delivered by a community organization in Canada. There is 1 top award of $20,000 and up to 4 honourable mention awards of $5,000 each. Application deadline is June 6. Read more

How to Boost Your Local Volunteers’ Motivation
The ability to motivate volunteers is vital but can be challenging task. Here are 6 useful tips on successfully motivating local volunteers. Read more

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Skills Canada National Competition
June 5 - 8, 2016 at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton NB
Over 550 secondary and post-secondary students will compete in more than 40 skilled trade and technology contests. This important event showcases the many opportunities available in the skilled trade and technology sectors. Read more

Connie Kaldor Benefit Concert for Literacy on June 7 in Tatamagouche
Tuesday, June 7, 7:30pm at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre
Creamery Square, Tatamagouche NS       Tickets $25

Juno award winning Connie Kaldor will perform with guests artists Aleski and Gabriel Campagne. All concert proceeds will benefit adult learners in Nova Scotia. Read more

23rd Annual Nova Scotia Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy (NSPGI)
Wednesday, June 8 at The Links at Penn Hills in Shubenacadie NS
Please plan to join us once again for NSPGI, our main fundraiser! For more information about your sponsorship and to register a golf team, visit the NSPGI website or call 902-897-2444. Read more

strADDegies for Success Program
August 2016 in Halifax, Truro and Kentville
Transitioning from high school to university or college can be overwhelming for the best of students. This program will help students with ADHD or other 'Diverse-Abilities' make the most of their post-secondary education. Read more

2016 Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities
August 16 - 18 in Charlottetown PE
ASI 2016: Promoting Child and Youth Mental Health - Engaging all Generations! This Atlantic Canadian event will bring together individuals from across the region with an interest in child and youth mental health. Read more

Save the Date! Professional Development Conference for Practitioners
November 17 - 18, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Conference Centre, Truro NS
The Professional Development Conference for Practitioners is open to all practitioners and coordinators who are looking for professional development to help them better support under-skilled and under-employed Nova Scotians.

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'Moving On Up' Employment & Life Skills Training Program
This online program facilitated by the Dartmouth Learning Network provides a learning environment that blends personal attention with literacy and essential skills development that will greatly enhance the probability of work attainment and retention. Resource

Math Strategies in Context By Kate Nonesuch
Kate uses two main strategies for teaching both place value and fractions: first, ask students to demonstrate concepts using manipulatives, and, second, group work at the board that practices and reviews concepts and algorithms. Resource

University Graduates With Lower Levels of Literacy and Numeracy Skills (via Brigit Hayes)
This article examines adults aged 25 to 65 with a university degree who were in the lower range for literacy skills, numeracy skills, or both, and the factors most likely to be associated with lower levels of literacy or numeracy among university graduates. Resource

Open Heart Forgery
Open Heart Forgery is a monthly journal of poems & lyrics that aims to energize local writers from the grass roots up. Resource