Authors: ABC Life Literacy Canada
This handbook guides parents through the process of setting up a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) to help pay for their children’s postsecondary education.
An RESP is a type of savings account, registered with the Government of Canada, to which the government contributes a certain amount of money to help it grow faster. The amount contributed by the government is called the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) and is available to every child who is a Canadian resident.
The authors explain that in addition to the CESG, the government also has two grant programs aimed specifically at helping low-income families: the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) and the Additional Canadian Education Savings Grant (A-CESG).
They provide some examples to show how the grants would work for different families, calculating the amount a family could save in an RESP by the time a child is ready for college or university.
This guide explains how to run a competition that tests Essential Skills in a fun way. The information contained in the guide is based on a competition organized by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, in 2011.
The competition involves setting up nine stations, each of which requires participants to complete a game representing one Essential Skill. For instance, at the reading game station, participants must solve two detailed riddles, while the document use game involves finding key areas on a map.
Logistically, this competition works best when played with nine teams of four people, the authors note.
The authors provide scoring rubrics for the games, along with tips for organizing the contest.
A Frontier College Tutor's Guide
Frontier College developed this guide as an aid for those involved in training volunteer homework club tutors. The purpose of tutor training is to extend tutors’ knowledge, strengthen their skills and increase their confidence so they feel prepared to tutor. This resource guide has been designed for both new and experienced facilitators. Different groups can adapt these resources to reflect the needs and strengths of their particular students, volunteers and community. This guide contains the following information to help facilitators plan and design their training agenda:
- a sample training agenda
- a list of considerations to keep in mind when designing a tutor training agenda
- workshop modules which include some reading theory to explain when and why to use a certain tutoring technique
- hand‐outs for workshop exercises
Authors: Sarah Elaine Eaton
Google forms are a free online tool that can be used on websites, via e-mail, and in webinars for registration and evaluation forms, and many other purposes.
Here, the author provides step-by-step instructions for using Google forms, starting with setting up a Google account. Users are guided through the process of designing a form; choosing a theme; checking out the finished form; sharing the form; and viewing the responses.
The author notes that Google forms are particularly effective for webinar evaluations because they are easy to set up and easy to share with participants.
This document is protected under the licence of Creative Commons, a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available to share legally. It states that users are free to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work as long as the original author is given credit; the work is not used for commercial purposes; and the user does not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
This handbook is part of a larger College Sector Committee (CSC) project aimed at ensuring that pre-apprenticeship students receive an Academic Upgrading (AU) component tailored to their trade and seamlessly connected with the trade component of their program. It is aimed at professors who are required to integrate AU into pre-apprenticeship or pre-trades programs in Ontario’s community colleges.
The handbook contains guidelines for planning and developing AU support for pre-apprenticeship and pre-trades programs; tips and strategies for developing trades-related AU and Essential Skills materials; and examples drawn from the pilot program with pre-electrical students and from other colleges’ pre-apprenticeship programs.
The authors have also included an appendix that offers an overview of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs in Ontario.
Lessons from the Land: A Cultural Journey through the NWT - Study Guide
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
This study guide was developed to be used with an interactive online learning resource called Lessons from the Land (www.lessonsfromtheland.ca ). This online learning resource tells all about The Idaa Trail, a traditional route that the Dogrib people of the Northwest Territories travelled from Great Slave Lake to Great Bear Lake. It also gives information on the traditions and cultures of the Dogrib people.
For more information:
NWT Literacy Council
5122 48th Street
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N6
Telephone: (867) 873-9262
Toll Free in NWT: 1-866-599-6758
Fax: (867) 873-2176
The Ontario Literacy Coalition, ABC Life Literacy Canada, and Frontier College joined forces to prepare this guide to using social media to promote International Literacy Day, celebrated every year on September 8. For 2011, the partner organizations chose to focus on the importance of literacy and essential skills for everyone, everywhere.
The authors have included information about activities the partner organizations have planned for International Literacy Day. As well, they have provided pre-made “tweets” to be used on the social networking tool Twitter or turned into Facebook status updates.
They have also included Facebook posts and discussion questions; poll questions organizations may want to ask visitors to their sites; and a list of literacy organizations that are on Twitter.
The authors of this document, a guide to seeking a job in a changing economy, begin by providing information on Essential Skills; defining skills; and explaining how skills can be transferred from one situation to another.
The heart of the document consists of eight profiles of jobseekers from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Two are Aboriginal persons; one is a woman returning to the workforce after 12 years as a stay-at-home mother; another is a newcomer to Canada. Other profiles feature people who are either under- or over-qualified for jobs; are dissatisfied with their current situations; or have been laid off from a long-time position.
Readers can think about the points raised in each profile, then continue on to a section of the document where they can write their own stories and work out their own plans for finding a job.
A Guide for Educators who Work with Adult Learners
Authors: Nunavut Literacy Council
Many adult learners enrolled in adult literacy and adult basic education programs experience learning difficulties, and different teaching and learning methods are required to help these learners. The Nunavut Literacy Council has partnered with learning disabilities and literacy consultant Pat Hatt to develop this guide to help literacy facilitators and adult educators deal with this challenge.
This guide offers adult educators the following information:
- the Learning Disability Association of Canada’s official definition of learning disabilities;
- descriptions of learning disabilities for people who are not experts in the field, including information on the difference between learning disabilities and developmental disabilities, definitions of learning disability terms and descriptions of Hatt's three broad learning disability clusters;
- case histories of Nunavut learners with learning disabilities including literacy demonstrations and accommodations;
- fact sheets on learning disabilities, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and attention deficit disorder; and
- a resource list for further information on learning disabilities.
Screen and checklist
Authors: Canadian Labour Congress
Clear language and design can help create a usable and attractive document that users understand the first time they read it. This short guide, prepared by the Canadian Labour Congress, offers simple advice about how to prepare a clear and understandable document. It offers suggestions about such key items as line length, justification, font, text density and illustrations. It also provides a checklist of essential elements to consider when reviewing a draft document, including audience, tone, word choice, and organization.