Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB) in September 2010, this report summarizes the organization’s activities in the preceding year.
Among the highlights of the year were the development of a comprehensive directory of services and programs available in New Brunswick’s Aboriginal community; continuing work on a project designed to build capacity for family literacy; and the start of planning for LCNB’s first regional learning disabilities workshop.
In August 2010, the annual Peter Gzowski Invitational (PGI) Golf Tournament raised more than $150,000 for literacy and Essential Skills programs and services in New Brunswick.
This report, presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB) in September 2011, includes a summary of activities for 2010-2011; a report from the organization’s president; a financial statement; and a message from the coalition’s honorary patron, writer Sheree Fitch.
Among the highlights of the year was the completion of the Building Capacity for Family Literacy Project, which included six round table sessions and two sessions involving conversations with parents.
In April 2011, the LCNB held its first writing contest. The theme, “Lifelong Learning: the Future of New Brunswick,” was chosen to tie in with International Adult Learners Week, April 2-9. Twenty submissions were received and prizes were awarded to five adult learners.
The year also included the first meeting of the Provincial Literacy Partners group, which is made up of representatives from the LCNB; the Fédération d'alphabétisation du Nouveau-Brunswick (FANB); the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD); and the Workplace Essential Skills and Community Adult Learning Programs of the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. The goal of the group is to ensure good communication among those working in the field of literacy and Essential Skills.
Authors: Literacy Nova Scotia
In March 2000, the Nova Scotia Provincial Literacy Coalition's Board of Directors identified the need for a comprehensive review of the Coalition to determine where the Coalition stood and the direction it must take to support the needs of its membership and the organizations and individuals it serves.
Over the summer and fall of 2000, Collins Management Consulting and Research Ltd. conducted a two-phase review of the organization. This report presents the findings of the review, as well as analysis and recommendations.
Profiles of Effective Practices
Authors: Adele Thomas
This document attempts to bring together a sample of family literacy programs representing the range of family literacy approaches in different communities across Canada. Rather than a survey written in one voice by someone relatively unfamiliar with specific programs, it is written in the many voices of practitioners who have been closely involved in the establishment and maintenance of family literacy programs. This document highlights twelve anglophone programs from eight provinces. Separate reports will provide details about francophone and aboriginal family literacy programs.
A Longitudinal Research Study on Calls to the Literacy B.C. Helpline
Authors: Sandy Middleton
This study was designed to document who calls the Literacy BC helpline and why they want to improve their literacy skills. What do their motivations and goals tell us about the role of literacy in society, in the economy, and in their personal lives? The study was also designed to examine what happens after they call. Do callers access and participate in the programs we help them to locate? If not, what stopped or prevented them? For those who participate, do the programs they attend meet their needs and expectations?
The findings in this report are based on quantitative and qualitative data collected from 248 callers to the helpline between August 1996 and August 1997. With the caller's permission, data were collected at four points: during the initial call, and in follow-up calls made by Literacy BC staff at two, five, and eight months after the original call.
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A Study of Family Literacy in New Brunswick: Work, Outcomes, and Best Practices
Authors: Joan B. Perry
This document outlines current work, outcomes, and best practices in community-based family literacy programs in New Brunswick. This report is a benchmark study of how family literacy in New Brunswick has been cultivated up to and including the year 2005. The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick initiated this project because it was aware that while there were many family literacy efforts in the province, there was no compilation of outcomes or coordination of family literacy practices, which is vital in order for the growth and advancement of the practice. This report includes a literature review, research methods research findings, conclusion and recommendations.
Authors: Maia Shapley
This document provides a brief, interim report of the project "Meetings in an Electronic Environment," which was designed to investigate the legal implications, cost-effectiveness and practicality of conducting board meetings using the Internet.
This report is part of a project that was initiated by the New Brunswick Department of Education. The department provided funding for the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick to design and conduct a survey of English-language, community-based literacy programs. The purpose of the survey was to help determine areas of greatest need for investment and to inform school districts of the community-based programs within their districts.
The survey aimed to identify the following features of community-based literacy programs and services:
- frequency and intensity
- impact (evaluation/research)
- funding information
- gaps in provision and associated difficulties.
This report includes the following sections:
- conducting the survey
- limitations of the project
- survey results: distribution of organizations by county; table showing program details by county; summary of program detail by type of organization
Authors: PEI Literacy Alliance
In February 2010, the PEI Literacy Alliance hosted a roundtable discussion with Island professionals who are literacy and essential skills (LES) experts. Representatives from government, industry and educational institutions attended the meeting. The report, incorporating comments from those representatives, provides a look at the state of LES in the province.
The authors set out the LES challenges for Prince Edward Island, describe the province’s assets, and discuss what is missing in the field. They outline the government’s priorities, including rural development and the impact of implementing a full kindergarten program. The authors describe the linkages between programs and agencies, and list tools, programs and supports for LES in the province.
The report provides 11 recommendations, including incorporating LES assessments across the learning spectrum; promoting the use of LES online tools; and promoting the benefits of workplace learning to employers.
This report is the result of a project led by Ontario's College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading (CSC), in partnership with three other provincial organizations involved in adult literacy and upgrading: Community Literacy of Ontario (CLO), Ontario Association of Continuing Education School Board Administrators (CESBA) and the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition (ONLC). The goal was to determine how opportunities for partnerships between provincial organizations could be identified and developed.
The project's goals included outlining the challenges and benefits of developing common approaches at the provincial level; creating dialogue among four stakeholder organizations regarding implementation of Essential Skills in adult literacy and upgrading programming; developing the common message and content to be included in Essential Skills training for practitioners; and testing the usefulness of this type of approach among key provincial stakeholders with a wide range of views and operational requirements.
Interviewed at the end of the project, the participants reported feeling satisfied at the effectiveness of a partnership approach. They felt the project showed that organizations with different structures, needs and cultures could work together effectively.
The project report identifies ten Best Practices derived from data collected and discussions held, which the partners agreed would help future partnerships succeed. The Best Practices deal with matters like partners' joint ownership of a project, terms of reference, communication and goal-setting.