Monthly Archives: February 2016

Gaining literacy skills – like flowers opening

One of my readers wrote the following lovely letter in response to my post about The Next Step: Literacy Programming in Manitoba. I have his permission to share it with all of you. Dear Brigid, Thank you for The Next Step: … Continue reading

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2016 Census Adult Education Kit

What a fantastic idea: The 2016 Census Adult Education Kit has been developed for use in adult literacy and English- or French-as-a-second-language (ESL or FSL) classes across the country. All activities are classroom-ready. The kit contains five activities that provide … Continue reading

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Literacy Programming in Manitoba

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives put out a report in January 2016 by Jim Silver entitled “The Next Step: Literacy Programming in Manitoba”. The paper reviews literacy levels and programs, the status of the Manitoba Adult Literacy Strategy and … Continue reading

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Five Main Principles of Good Adult Literacy Work

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) in Ireland put together a list of the five most important adult literacy principles. The list is a bit shorter than those I’ve seen over the years.  I quite liked the list, it’s easy … Continue reading

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Swiss approaches to financing basic skills and promoting workplace learning

Yesterday I published a post about the European Basic Skills Network’s June 2015 conference on Strategies that work: governance, financing and implementation in the provision of basic skills for adults. As I was poking around the information about the conference … Continue reading

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Policy Coherence for adult basic skills

David Mallows (@davidmallows) from the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) in the United Kingdom sent out a post based on the June 2015 European Basic Skills Network conference Strategies that work: governance, financing and … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary! OLES Call for Concepts papers is celebrating its first birthday

Happy Anniversary! What? You didn’t remember! One year ago (actually January 21, 2015), the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills launched a call for concept papers with a deadline of February 18, 2015. The call was “to test innovative literacy … Continue reading

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