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News From Literacy Nova Scotia
A Message from Jayne Hunter, Executive Director
I attended the NSSAL review in St. Ann’s on Monday and am now at the Community Sector Council conference for non-profits in Membertou. Lots of great learning this week! You can find information from the Many Hands Many Voices conference on their website.

Our own PD Conference will be held on November 16 & 17 in Truro and will specifically focus on how to support your adult learners. I am especially excited about Jude Gerrard’s Blanket Exercise for a better understanding of First Nations history, Donald Lurette’s plenary on program design, seeing the LNS scholarship and bursary recipients, the Practitioner Training graduates, and the fun evening of Paint Night to relax, laugh and be creative.

We are starting to plan for Literacy Action Week to be held during the first week of November. We’re looking for your input and have included a two-minute survey. LNS is one of 18 winners of creative marketing and promotion expertise through CreateAthon2017. LNS may create a campaign for LAW using these resources.

The NSPGI 2017 tournament netted $31,150 at the tournament in Bell Bay in June. There were 19 community-learning organizations who received a total of $49,539 in PGI Grants with funds provided by The Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

LNS memberships expired on August 31st. If you have let your membership lapse or have not previously been a member, purchase a membership today to ensure you have access to our programs and services. New this year, learners in community-based learning programs can sign up for a membership at no cost.

It's time for Fall cleanup. If you have a used vehicle and are wondering what to do with it – consider donating it to LNS through Car Heaven.

What's New
2-Minute Survey: Literacy Action Week
Take our 2-minute survey on Literacy Action Week (LAW): November 5 - 11, 2017. Your name will go into a draw for a prize. Draw will take place at 2:00pm on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Opportunities for Learners
Financial aid is available for your learners. The deadline for online applications for LNS Scholarship and Bursary Awards is October 20, 2017.

LNS will be looking for adult learners to speak at the 2018 Adult Learners’ Week Celebration the first week of April. Do you have a past or present learner we should consider? Have the learner get in touch with us or call us yourself to recommend someone.

Opportunities for Practitioners
Register Now for Practitioner Training (PT) Modules
Our brand new PT module Supporting English as an Additional Language Adult Literacy Learners will be offered for the first time this month! Experienced practitioners can choose to take this as a stand-alone training. If you haven’t tried PT, you don’t know what you are missing: resources, discussions, teaching techniques, tips and more!
• Supporting English as an Additional Language Adult Literacy Learners,
  Oct 15 - Nov 10
• Teaching Math: Keeping It Real, Oct 15 - Nov 10
Check out the Practitioner Training webpage for more details on the program, modules, and tuition schedule.

Professional Development Conference for Practitioners
Supporting Learning Needs of Adults
November 16 — 17, 2017 at Holiday Inn, Prince Street, Truro
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. In particular, we invite practitioners and coordinators from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (community-based, adult high school, NSCC), work activity programs, career resource centers, workforce development programs and others. Online Registration Form
Conference Agenda   Deadline for registration: October 13th.

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Opportunities for Organizations
New PD Fund online application forms are now available. There are separate forms for individuals (maximum $1000/year) and groups (maximum $4000/year). The Department of Labour and Advanced Education has topped up the PD Fund with an additional $5,000. There is approximately $8500 remaining in this fund.

Are you a learning organization that needs refurbished computers? We offer our LNS members laptops, computers, printers, monitors, keyboards, cables, etc. Place your orders today.

Other Events
Paint Night, An Evening of Fun and Creativity

November 16 at 7:00pm, Holiday Inn Truro
$40 per person, includes all supplies needed. Registration is required for this event at literacyns@nscc.ca. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to help adult learners in Nova Scotia.
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Indigenous Canada
University of Alberta is offering Indigenous Canada, a 12 week online course that explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Register

Acadia University Lifelong Learning Program
There is plenty of diversity in this fall’s Acadia Lifelong Learning (ALL) program. The Lunchtime Learning Series and free credit course auditing has begun. Read more

Webinar: Blind People in Charge
Thursday, October 12, from 3:00- 4:00pm AT
Join ABC Life Literacy Canada for a presentation and Q&A with the winner of this year's Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award, Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) and their fantastic program, Blind People in Charge. Register

StFX Adult Education Conference: Adult Education and Community Building in the 21st Century
October 27 - 28 at StFX University, Antigonish NS
The 3rd Atlantic Regional Adult Education Conference provides an opportunity for professionals and researchers working in all areas of adult education to share and explore current research and issues in the field.  Website   Register

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In The News
11 Atlantic Senators Fighting for the Future of Literacy
Senators from all Atlantic provinces and of all political stripes are banding together to support literacy coalitions in the region that are on the verge of closing. PEI Senator Diane Griffin is urging an emergency allocation of $600,000, or $150,000 apiece, to save the region’s four literacy organizations. Read more

Jocelyne Boutilier is the 2017 Recipient of the Nova Scotia Council of the Federation Literacy Award
Ms. Boutilier received the award at Province House on September 8th in recognition of her outstanding achievement and excellence in literacy. She is a graduate of the Bridgewater Adult High School. Read more

Nova Scotia Students Learn Importance of Financial Literacy
Nova Scotia students are at the Canadian average in financial literacy and, at the same time, Canadian students are outperforming students internationally. In addition, students at a variety of grade levels in Nova Scotia are learning about interest, mortgages, budgeting and other useful financial skills. Read more

Adult Literacy Course Boosts Self-Esteem and Social Equality
At the Salvation Army’s STages Education Program (STEP) in Winnipeg, there is no set curriculum and an education plan is developed for each student. The program goals are to enhance literacy skills, develop self-worth and self-discipline, improve social responsibility and nurture well-being. Read more

82 Hottest EdTech Tools of 2017
Here are links to applications, services, products and tools created to serve a multitude of functions in education: tools for teaching and learning, parent-teacher communication apps, lesson planning software, home-tutoring, revision blogs, SEN education information, PD qualifications and more. Resource

Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II
This publication explores the landscape of digital literacy as it relates to advancing more authentic learning in campus settings. It is intended to contribute to the body of knowledge used by the higher education community to inform strategic planning around digital literacy initiatives. Resource

Frontier College 2017 Annual Report
Frontier College recruits and trains volunteers to deliver literacy programs to children, youth, and adults in communities across the country. Resource

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