Champions and learners in municipal workplace programs
Authors: Mary Ellen Belfiore
In this report, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) presents five champions of municipal workplace learning and five learners. The champions are municipal managers who inspired their staff as well as Council members to take up the challenge of supporting adult learning. The learners are municipal workers whose accomplishments have helped others to return to learning. These five workers now serve on CAMA's national Learners' Council for workplace learning and literacy. The learners and managers featured in this report come from St. John's, NL; Moncton, NB; Kingston, ON; Winnipeg, MN; and Grand Pairie, AB.
A Reader-Friendly Handbook
Authors: Literacy in Action
This is a handbook written in clear language about clear language.
Effective communication depends on a number of elements, including the use of language that is accessible to most people, and formatting that enhances the information and makes it easier to understand. In this clear language handbook, the authors present important reasons for choosing to write effectively and simply. They discuss readers and language levels and illustrate ways to simplify writing and organize information.
This handbook is divided into five chapters, which cover the following topics:
Chapter 1 - Writing for Everyone
Chapter 2 - Getting Started
Chapter 3 - Clear Writing
Chapter 4 - Design and Formatting
Chapter 5 - Editing and Proofreading
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
Science is a fun way to introduce pre‐schoolers to the world around them. Science activities allow children to ask questions, expand their vocabulary, use their five senses to explore different things, and most of all, have fun while learning. This How‐to‐Kit provides an opportunity to engage families in developing positive attitudes towards science. The activities are easy, fun and hands‐on. Families work and learn together to have fun with experiments.
The following items are included in the kit:
- How to use the science fun kit
- Family science night
- Group activities
- Eleven science experiments
- Science Bingo
- Handouts for parents to take home (throughout)
This How-to-Kit was developed to help organizations celebrate literacy in the Northwest Territories. It is one in a series of How-to-Kits that can be downloaded from the NWT Literacy Council website at www.nwt.literacy.ca.
This booklet is a collection of songs and rhymes that parents and children can enjoy together. By singing, dancing and playing with their child, parents help develop their child's language and help better prepare him or her for school.
When parents and children sing together, the child learns to listen; to wait for his or her turn; to imitate gestures, sounds and words; and learns new words and actions.
This booklet, that accompanied a CD-ROM of songs,is part of the "Talk With Me" program, a free early language service for all children aged 0 to 5 years old. This project was realized by Julie Boucher and Michèle O'Connell, Speech-Language Pathologists of the Talk With Me Service in Regional Health Authority 4 in New Brunswick.
Authors: Tracy Defoe
This short document contains thirteen tips for businesses and organizations on workplace literacy. These tips were published as part of Tracy Defoe's presentation "What Now?" at the Vancouver stop of the 2008 Literacy Tour of British Columbia. Tracy Defoe is with The Learning Factor Inc.
The tips have been divided into three groups under the following headings:
1 - Don't take literacy for granted. Read every day and encourage others to read too. How?
2 - Paying attention to literacy can increase employee engagement. Try these literacy strategies to leverage participation and retain skills.
3 - What about the workplace training you do now? Take a literacy-and-learning focus to get more from all kinds of learning situations.
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
The NWT Literacy Council produced this study guide for adult educators and adult learners. It offers learning activities for four of the stories from the sixth edition of The Northern Edge, an online newspaper for adult learners produced by the NWT Literacy Council. The Northern Edge covers stories about the north and celebrates the lives of those who live North of 60. Each issue of The Northern Edge has several stories and most stories have interactive learning activities online.
This study guide deals with the following four stories:
Collected Writings of Adult Learners
Series: Our Side of the Mountain
Our side of the Mountain is a collection of stories, poems and ideas written by adult students of the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County. This is the ninth edition of this publication..
Road Back Home project, Phase Two
This booklet has been written and compiled by active educators working in correctional centers throughout British Columbia. It outlines some of the basic issues that will confront an educator starting a career in Corrections. This booklet is intended to help facilitate an educator's transition from “regular” teaching on the “outside” to a productive and enjoyable career as a Corrections educator.
This document has been organized into five chapters plus an epilogue:
Chapter 1 - Institutional information as it pertains to educators
Chapter 2 - Boundaries
Chapter 3 - Health and safety tips for Corrections educators
Chapter 4 - Violence, abuse, addictions, and mental health issues as they relate to your role as educator and the student’s role as learner
Chapter 5 - Teaching strategies
Epilogue - Things you need to find out about in the first 30 days – or sooner
Authors: Sue Folinsbee
This booklet highlights stories of different CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) locals across Canada that have successfully taken on the challenge of setting up workplace education programs for their members. The programs described have created a variety of opportunities for CUPE members. For example, members have been able to complete high school, improve their reading and writing, learn about computers, and brush up on math for certification. In some cases, family members have also had the same opportunities.
Workforce Curricula for Learners with Low Level Literacy Skills
Series: Bridging the Employment Gap
Authors: Simcoe/Muskoka Literacy Network
This manual is part of Bridging the Employment Gap for Learners with Low Level Literacy Skills, a two-phase project begun in 2001. Phase 1 of the project focused on students with the lowest level literacy and basic skills, especially the developmentally challenged population. In Phase 2, the focus was expanded to include all Essential Skills Level 1 learners. This project involved the development of job-specific sector manuals that include step-by-step learning activities for selected tasks in specified sectors. All the activities have been aligned to the Essential Skills and to the selected National Occupation Classification profiles.
There are six manuals in the series: Clerical, Grounds Maintenance, Janitorial, Kitchen Help, Retail, and Ready for Work.
The Clerical binder will help individuals who may have the opportunity to work in an office setting. It includes six main units: Safety, Collating, Photocopying, Preparing Envelopes for Mailing, Taking Phone Messages, and Making Telephone Calls. This manual should be used in conjunction with Ready for Work, a manual that addresses the "soft skills" common to many jobs.