September 2016   |   Volume 14   |   Issue 1
News From Literacy Nova Scotia
Executive Director's Message

Welcome back! We’re looking forward to another year serving our membership and supporting the literacy field in Nova Scotia!

LNS continues to provide supports to adult learners, practitioners and learning organizations, as well as working to expand our partnerships. We also continue to work towards having a sustainable organization to continue our current programming and how we can expand.

Our eNews provides information on upcoming events and programs and helps to promote our member organizations. This issue includes the NS Federation of Labour and the Western HRM Learning Network.

Our board will be meeting on September 23rd and 24th to hold its strategic planning session.

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What's New
Renew Your LNS Membership or Become a New Member
LNS membership fees were due on August 31, 2016. Please renew your membership to retain access to our programs and services. These include supports to learners, practitioners, and organizations, printed resources and subscribed informational emails. Your support helps Nova Scotians access quality literacy and essential skills programs. It also ensures paid and volunteer practitioners have the skills they need, supports adult learners’ participation and promotes the value of literacy and essential skills to all Nova Scotians.

Fashion Show for Literacy
October 30th, 2016 at 1:00pm, Holiday Inn Truro
Join us for an afternoon of ladies' consignment fashions, prizes and shopping! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the LNS office. All proceeds will be used to support adult literacy in Nova Scotia. Poster

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

Here's an Opportunity for Adult Learners to Have Their Stories Published in the Fall 2016 Issue of The Learning Beacon: Please encourage your learners to write stories for the Student Writing feature. Email them to Marie.David@nscc.ca by Friday October 7th. The Fall 2016 Issue will be online in late November.

Opportunities for Practitioners
Register Now for Practitioner Training (PT) Modules offered in the Fall:
Techniques for Teaching Reading, Writing, and Spelling: Oct 2 – 28
Teaching Math: Keeping It Real: Oct 2 – 28
Integrating Information Technology (IT) Skills Into Your Teaching: Oct 30 - Nov 25
Communications: Learners in Transition: Oct 30 - Nov 25
Learning Challenges: Oct 30 - Nov 25
What’s Your Message? Relating to the Adult Learner: Nov 17 at Holiday Inn Truro
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.
Registration Form for NSSAL Participants
Registration Form for Non-NSSAL Participants (Tuition Payers)

Professional Development Conference for Practitioners:
Supporting Learning Needs of Adults
November 17 — 18, 2015 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
Deadline for registration: November 8th.
Share your best practices, knowledge and expertise. We are looking for presenters at the PD Conference. Contact Marie.David@nscc.ca.

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 $7000 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. There is a minimum of two per network at this time, but organizations may be able to order more in the fall 2016 if required.

Community-based learning organizations funded under NSSAL can apply for ipad minis and other assistive technology.

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In The News
Congratulations to ACALA for Winning Honourable Mention for The First Voice Media Program
ACALA earned honourable mention at the Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Awards for their First Voice Media (AFVM) program which builds literacy and essential skills into community engagement work. Read more

How Canadian Kids Are Taught Financial Literacy From Coast To Coast
Education is a provincial jurisdiction, which means how and when personal finance is taught varies across Canada. The Financial Post surveyed national financial literacy programs to understand how well we are educated on everything from basic budgets to student loans and the stock markets. Read more

Lower Tuition Best Way to Help 50 Per Cent of People Feeling Unprepared to Manage Finances
Financial literacy is always good, but the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia says the only way to help young people is to lower their debt. A new financial education study says 47 per cent of Atlantic Canadians “felt unprepared” to manage their own finances going into university. Survey

Staying Active Through Volunteering Can Promote Healthier Aging
New studies published this week have provided yet more evidence to suggest that staying active as we age, through working or volunteering, can promote both physical and mental health and wellbeing, especially in seniors.
Read more

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International Literacy Day (ILD)
Thursday, September 8th at Mount Saint Vincent University, 12:00 — 1:00pm
LNS is partnering with MSVU to celebrate ILD with a presentation to students.
Read more about ILD

Fashion Show for Literacy
Sunday, October 30th at 1:00pm, Holiday Inn Truro
Join us for an afternoon of ladies consignment fashions, prizes and shopping. All proceeds will be used to benefit adult learners in Nova Scotia. Tickets $15; available at the LNS office. Contact literacyns@nscc.ca or 1-800-255-5203. Read more

Webinar: Celebrate Financial Literacy Month
Thursday, September 8 from 2:00 — 3:00pm AT
Join ABC Life Literacy Canada for a webinar on ways to celebrate Financial Literacy Month (FLM) this November with your learners! Read more

Raise-A-Reader Week
September 22nd to 29th, 2016
This campaign aims to empower children and families with tools to improve their reading skills. These skills are the foundation for lifelong learning that significantly affect the well-being of individuals, families and communities. Read more

211 Nova Scotia Regional Information Meeting
Thursday, October 6 from 1:00 — 4:30pm at Dartmouth North Community Centre
Learn about available services and service gaps in your region, and gain valuable insights on what citizens in your region need, based on 211 contact data over the past three years. Register

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Adobe Slate: Free Digital Storytelling App for iPad
Adobe Slate allows users to turn words and images into a story that can be published as beautifully laid-out web content. Resource

Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom
Here are some fun, effective, tried-and-true apps that can make a tremendous difference in the lives of diverse learners. Resource

Math By Your Teacher iPad App
This free math education app for iPhone and iPad lets users browse over 50 courses for elementary, middle, and high school math; community college and college math; and standardized test prep. Resource