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News From Literacy Nova Scotia
A Message from Jayne Hunter, Executive Director
It’s hard to believe it’s March already!

As is the case with many of you, we’ve been busy writing proposals and looking at ramping up capacity to take on additional projects.

We’ve been involved with many interesting projects over the past couple of years. The Essential Skills for the Atlantic Fisheries (project synopsis) has ended as an Atlantic Initiative and we have a great video showing testimonials. We are able to continue to offer this training model in Nova Scotia until March 31st with funding from the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia, Community Foundations of Canada, and the Government of Canada.

We are also on a National Advisory Committee for Displaced Workers under the leadership of DeCoda in BC. The Displaced Workers Project is studying the needs of Canadian workers displaced from their jobs. You can read about the impact of major job loss on workers, their families and communities in case studies from nine participating regions in BC. There is a similar report by my colleague and co-advisory member, Joanne Kaattari, Community Literacy of Ontario on Displaced Workers out of Ontario.

We’re hearing that organizations and practitioners are stretched thin with the demands being placed on them. And yet, you are still rising to the challenge. I appreciated reading this acknowledgment of the work of colleagues in Ontario and know that it’s very true of the literacy field in NS as well. We know that not only are you surviving but some of you are thriving in meeting the needs of your learners. We have a webinar on March 31st with instructors who will share their solutions to online and blended learning. For those of you who are still struggling or want to learn more, Courtney MacMullin, through a partnership with ANSCLO, MetroWorks, and LAE, is providing support and resources on the google classroom. Another great example is Walter Doue, a practitioner who delivers NSSAL programs at Potlotek Adult Learning (Chapel Island). Walter is a regular guest on a weekly radio program on Facebook on Fridays from 11:00 – 11:30am where he talks about adult learning and essential skills in his community.

Congratulations to Geneva Wiebe, Practical Nursing, Truro Campus who is the recipient of the $1500 LNS Bursary through the NSCC Foundation.

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Adult Learners' Week 2021 Writing Workshops
Literacy Nova Scotia is excited and pleased to offer the Adult Learners’ Week writing workshops again this year! Jenni Blackmore has facilitated the in-person workshops for LNS for over 10 years and the sessions are a popular and welcomed choice for many organizations. Due to Covid, the writing workshops will be offered online through 5 sessions. The first four sessions are offered as asynchronous training and concludes with a zoom session. The training includes short videos by Jenni Blackmore and a printable follow along worksheet guiding learners through a variety of writing exercises.

This training is being offered from March 22nd to April 5. Learners can work through the training on their own or as part of their class. Participants will need access to internet connection and a password which LNS will provide upon receiving their registration. The other materials needed are simply a notebook and a pencil! After completing the first four sessions, participants will be invited to attend a live zoom session where they can speak with Jenni, share what they have written throughout the sessions, and receive acknowledgement. Certificates of participation and completion will be mailed to them.

Please encourage your learners to register for the workshops. Questions? Email Marie David.

ABC's Literacy Field Survey
ABC Life Literacy Canada needs your feedback to find out what programs and initiatives practitioners are using. This will help inform the type of work they do and the projects they propose in 2021-2022. By completing the field survey by March 7, you will be entered in a draw to win a $100 gift certificate to your local bookstore.

Volunteers Needed For Health Study
Researchers from the Nova Scotia Health Authority wish to conduct focus groups and virtual interviews from March 8th to 19th with seven participants who have low literacy. The goal is to understand the attitudes and views in our province around organ donation and presumed consent. A $30 gift certificate will be provided to participants. Please contact Nelofar Kureshi.

What's New
Opportunities for Learners
Adult Learners' Week 2021 will be held in Nova Scotia from April 5 - 9. 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 be entered in a draw for a chance to win an iPad Mini and will be published in the Adult Learners' Week 2021 ebooklet. View the ALW2020 ebooklet.
Submission deadline: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 4:30pm
All ALW activities are funded by Labour and Advanced Education to support NSSAL learners.

The Learning Beacon: Here's an opportunity for adult learners to have their stories published in the 2021 issue. Please encourage your learners to write stories about their hometowns for the Community Map feature. If learners want to submit stories on other subjects, we could have a 'Student Writing' feature. Email the stories to Marie David.

Opportunities for Practitioners
Register now for Practitioner Training modules scheduled for April 2021:
• Techniques for Teaching Reading, Writing and Spelling: April 26 – May 21
• What's Your Message? Relating To The Adult Learner: April 26 – May 21
Check out the Practitioner Training webpage for details on the program, modules, tuition schedule, and how to register for modules. Questions? Contact Marie David or call 1-800-255-5203. These modules are funded by Labour and Advanced Education to support the NSSAL system.
Registration Form for NSSAL Participants
Registration Form for Non-NSSAL Participants (Tuition Payers) 

Labour and Advanced Education and Literacy Nova Scotia are pleased to offer Webinar Wednesdays from March 31 to May 26, 2021. These sessions are funded by LAE and support the NSSAL system. Webinar descriptions are on the LNS website. Funding for Webinar Wednesdays was provided by LAE. Register Questions? Contact Marie David.

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Opportunities for Organizations
NSSAL IT Fund: There are funds available for community-based learning organizations to purchase equipment and resources necessary for the delivery of NSSAL’s Adult Learning Program. Read more information on criteria and application process. The NSSAL IT Fund is funded by Labour and Advanced Education to support the NSSAL system.

Is there a PD opportunity that would benefit your learning organization?
Apply to the NSSAL PD Fund. Online learning opportunities are eligible. A new learning narrative template has been added. The NSSAL PD Fund is funded by Labour and Advanced Education to support the NSSAL system.


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Events
Webinar: Reflections on Using Digital Tools to Engage, Connect, and Learn – A Panel Discussion
March 31, 2021, 2:30 - 4:00pm AT
Hear from your colleagues their best practices for learner engagement and coping in 2021. More details coming soon. Read more    Register

Webinar: GED - Keeping It Simple
April 28, 2021, 2:30 - 4:00pm AT
Along with a review of some useful and core resources, this webinar is designed to provide an overview of teaching strategies and illustrate how instructors can help learners get started and ensure they are prepared for each GED test. Read more    Register

Webinar: Supporting Adult Learners with Mental Health Issues
May 26, 2021, 2:30 - 4:00pm AT
Participants will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and the unique challenges and barriers it creates for learners. Methods for creating and delivering inclusive learning programs will be introduced, along with strategies for protecting and promoting the mental well-being of learners and literacy practitioners. Read more    Register

Webinar: Engaging Learners Through Social Media
March 9, 2021 at 2:00pm AT
Learn how to use social media as tool for teaching adult learners online. Register

Community Innovation 2021: Virtual Workshops
March 11 with group coaching in April, and April 13 with group coaching in May
Participants will learn how to make community innovation thrive and will be provided with opportunities to apply an array of simple, yet powerful tools for making the practice of community innovation a reality. Register

Frontier College's Online Scrabble for Literacy Tournament
Registration closes March 8, 2021.
From March 11 - 15, the first round of Scrabble begins on the Scrabble Go app. The two highest scoring participants will have the chance to team up with a celebrity and a professional Scrabble "ringer" to play a flash round during a live event on March 18. Read more

Webinar: Cities Developing Community-Based COVID-19 Recovery
March 17, 2021, 2:00pm AT
The impacts of COVID-19 have been profound. Throughout these challenges, we have seen incredible resilience from communities and cities. In this webinar, we will hear inspiring stories of how Mayors are supporting their communities’ recovery.
Read more and Register

Leading High Performing Community Sector Teams
Tuesday, March 30 to Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 9:15am - 12:15pm AT via Zoom
This is a 10 week training program designed for current and emerging leaders in the social sector to expand their knowledge and practice for leading high performing teams. Read more and Register

Webinar: Co-Design - Facilitating Community-Led Innovation
May 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2021
This 4-part virtual workshop is designed to give participants hands-on experience and a step-by-step approach to designing and facilitating collaborative Community Innovation sessions. Register


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Resources
LNS Resource Hub
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. This resource is fully funded by Labour and Advanced Education to support the NSSAL system. If you don't already have an account on the LNS Resource Hub, email Elaine Frampton to request an account registration code.

Tech Soup: Discounts on Software for Nonprofits
Tech Soup offers discounts on software for charities, libraries and nonprofit organizations in Canada.    Register

Resources from Decoda Literacy Solutions
The Impact of Trauma on Learning in Adults: Tips for creating secure, predictable and consistent learning environments
Learning Scientists' Greatest Hits: A collection of discussion posts on learning, including study skills, learning styles and research methods.

Displaced Workers and LBS Programs – Strategies and Resources
This helpful guide offers strategies to workers for employability success, and includes links to many online resources for improving essential skills. Resource

CivicCRM: Free Software for Learning Organizations
CivicCRM is a free-to-use software that can be used to streamline many administrative tasks including reporting, pairing tutors and tracking learner contact information and progress. Besides CiviCRM implementations and website design, hosting packages and Wordpress training for staff is available. For more information, contact Patrick McLaughlin.

COVID-19 Response Funding Opportunities
Medavie Health Foundation partners with organizations that support healthy living, adolescent mental health, and families impacted by post-traumatic stress.
Healthy Communities Initiative offers funding for providing programs and services that respond to COVID-19. Local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits are welcome to apply by March 9, 2021 at 9:00pm AT.


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