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News From Literacy Nova Scotia
Executive Director's Message
We are excited to be piloting the English as an Additional Language module this month. It will be available in the fall as part of the Practitioner Training (PT) Program. The PT program offers an online learning opportunity to learn new skills, enhance teaching practices and to join a community of practice to support you in meeting the needs of your learners.

The finishing touches are being made to the new Learning Resource Hub website. We are looking for a name for the website – if you have suggestions, please submit your ideas to us for a chance to win some LNS swag.

Learners in your programs have an opportunity to apply for $500 NSPGI awards. More information and applications are available on our website.

Literacy Nova Scotia will be holding its AGM on June 9th. There is vacancy for a learner representative on the board of directors. The notice of the AGM with proposed bylaw changes will be sent to the membership next week.

Please note that some of our programs will be on hold until funding confirmation is received. This affects the PD Fund and the PGI grants.

Mark your calendars! The PD Conference will be held on November 16th and 17th in Truro. We may be requesting past PD Fund grant recipients to share their learnings at the conference and are looking for other presenters as well.

If you would like to support the work of Literacy Nova Scotia, you can get involved by participating in the upcoming fundraisers: Bluenose Marathon Charity Challenge, Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy or by donating.

What's New
“My approach to teaching has certainly changed as a result of the
Practitioner Training Program. I now incorporate a lot of new techniques
I learned in the program.” ~ Cavita Persad

Register for Practitioner Training (PT) Modules starting in May
•   Integrating Information Technology (IT) Skills Into Your Teaching, May 28 – Jun 23
•   Communications: Learners in Transition, May 28 – Jun 23
•   Learning Challenges, May 28 – Jun 23
Check out the Practitioner Training webpage for more details on the program, modules, and tuition schedule.

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LNS Events
Scotiabank Blue Nose Charity Challenge
May 20, 2017 in Halifax NS
Join the Team LNS and walk, run or wheel the Lifemark 5k race on May 20th in Halifax!
Your participation in this exciting fundraiser will help ensure that Nova Scotians have access to literacy, essential skills, and lifelong learning programs.
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24rd Annual Nova Scotia Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy (NSPGI)
June 18 - 19 at Bell Bay Golf Club, Baddeck NS
NSPGI returns to Baddeck, where it was held 20 years ago. Join us for a rollicking great time at NSPGI 2017! The NSPGI Awards Gala is on June 18th and golf day is the 19th. To register a golf team, visit the NSPGI website or call 902-897-2444. All proceeds will be used to help adult learners in Nova Scotia.

Other Events
Teen Read Week: May 1 - 7, 2017
Teen Read Week allows public libraries to celebrate Teens and their contributions as part of the public library community, and for public libraries to highlight the services, collections and programs they offer youth in Nova Scotia.
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Nova Scotia Works Spring Job Fair
Tuesday May 16, 2017 from 10:00am - 3:00pm at Halifax Forum Civic Centre
Various Nova Scotia Works Employment Resource Centres are offering this one day job fair to local employers and employment seekers. Free admission. No registration is required. Read more

Effective Board / Staff Relations
May 24, 8:30am - 12:00pm at Cambridge Suites, 1583 Brunswick Street, Halifax
This session will focus on understanding board/staff roles, creating role clarity and responsibilities, and helping board members understand their roles in terms of where they start and where they end. Register

Canada Learning Code Week: June 1 - 8, 2017
Educators are invited to sign up to receive resources and training for providing coding lessons in the classroom and in their communities across the country during Canada Learning Code Week. No coding experience necessary.
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In The News
Funding Announced for Richmond County Literacy Network
The province is investing $25,000 for the Richmond County Literacy Network to support residents in Richmond and Inverness counties. With this funding, a community outreach and support worker will help older adults and others access programs and services. Read more

Financial Literacy: For Kids, Adding Dollars and Sense
This is a crucial juncture for financial literacy among young Canadians. Those graduating soon will enter a world with historic household debt ratios, ever-rising tuition costs, and unprecedented entry costs for home ownership. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for the video: What’s the #1 Money Lesson To Teach Your Kids?) Read more

Bored Out of Their Minds: Why Do Students Get Bored As They Get Older?
A 2013 Gallup poll of 500,000 students in grades five through 12 found that nearly 8 in 10 elementary students were “engaged” with school: attentive, inquisitive, and generally optimistic. By high school, the number dropped to 4 in 10. A follow-up study found that less than a third of 11th-graders felt engaged. Read more

Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances
This article offers four strategies for facilitating a predictable and consistent learning environment, where students feel safe and connected, and are able to understand how their negative emotions interfere with learning. Read more

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Recognizing Volunteering in 2017
Research shows that most volunteers want to know the impact of their efforts. Organizations can recognize volunteers by acknowledging their individual contributions. Let your volunteers know the impact they have on your organization’s mission and in the community. Resource

Money Matters Spending Plans
This workbook from ABC Life Literacy Canada helps adult learners create a budget so they are better able to meet their financial needs and goals. Resource

Two Free Speech-to-Text Tools
Dictation.io and Dictanote Speech Recognizer are free voice recognition software tools that allow users to save spoken dictation as text documents. Resource

Useful Apps and Resources to Help Students Learn Coding
Coding is an essential skill for 21st century students. These apps are featured in the iTunes App Store under the category 'Code for Everyone'. Resource

Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report
English and French-speaking Canadian parents and children were surveyed about their attitudes and behaviours around reading books for fun. This report includes key findings and the state of kids and reading in Canada. Resource

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Applications for 2017 NSPGI Adult Learner Recognition Awards are available. Application deadline for both awards is Friday May 19, 2017.

LNS Scholarship and Bursary Awards are available for adult learners. Application deadline is October 20, 2017.

Community-based learning organizations who are members of Literacy Nova Scotia can apply every year for free computer systems and laptops.