Support for Parents and Children in Education was a family literacy research project in rural Frontenac County in Northern Ontario. The purpose of this study was to determine and examine the supports needed by parents to be able to gain the skills and confidence necessary to deal with the various aspects of their children's education and to improve their literacy and numeracy. The study was based on the premise that there was a parental need for literacy supports and information in the communities. While the project expected to confer this belief, it also aimed to encourage family literacy with events and workshops, develop partnerships, and increase awareness of learning centres and services. The study involved four key components: partnerships, advertising, family literacy-based activities and data collection.
In the 1990s, Winnipeg-based Bristol Aerospace launched a workforce skills upgrading program to help prepare the company to expand into new markets.
Bristol began with a workplace-based Adult Basic Education (ABE) program offering 80 hours of training over 20 weeks. From there, the company partnered with Red River Community College to develop and deliver technical training programs.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) strategies were used to reduce the time workers needed to meet national training standards required for certification in their trades. Workers took part in just those training elements for which they lacked skills, rather than an entire course.
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Authors: Canadian Labour and Business Centre
This report was prepared for the Saskatchewan Task Force of the Workplace Partners Panel, a national initiative managed by the Canadian Labour and Business Centre. The purpose of this document is to provide up-to-date information, statistics, analysis, and commentary pertaining to the key issues stemming from the Workplace Partners Panel's Saskatchewan task force theme of “skills needs in the context of an aging workforce”.
This document contains the following sections:
1. Population and demographics. This section looks at the population of the province and the factors that determine how that population changes;
2. Economic context. In this section, economic activity is examined in terms of gross domestic product and employment and employment earnings;
3. Education, skills development, and training;
4. Migration and labour mobility.
The Saskatchewan Aboriginal Literacy Network published this directory in the hope that it will be the start of an ongoing process of cataloguing current Aboriginal literacy programs and culturally relevant resources that have been developed within Saskatchewan. The directory will enable information to be shared about current Aboriginal literacy programs and initiatives and will ensure that new or existing initiatives may utilize the expertise of those programs already in existence.
This document summarizes the final report of the Workers' Education for Skills Training (WEST) pilot project conducted by the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour.
Final Report 2010-2011
This document outlines the establishment of the Aboriginal Parent Roles Interacting with Teacher Support (APRINTS) project in Saskatoon, a family literacy program designed to enhance children’s learning through play, drawing, writing, sharing books, talking and storytelling.
The project was initiated by the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Literacy Network after a 2005 study that showed that 63 per cent of urban Aboriginal people in that province scored below level 3 on the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS), compared with 39 per cent of the non-Aboriginal population. The APRINTS program tries to engage parents by helping them value and explore their Aboriginal heritage; understand and become aware of their own strengths as parents; understand their vital role in their children’s learning; and make links between aspects of traditional Aboriginal culture and their children’s literacy development.
The authors describe the process of training facilitators for the program. Testimonials from some of the parents who have taken part in the program are also included.
Authors: George Demetrion
This essay compares a participatory model of small group instruction developed at Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) to the Basic Literacy small group tutoring program between 1990-1995 at the Bob Steele Reading Center, which is affiliated with LVA.
Lessons in Learning – September 26, 2006
Series: Lessons in Learning
Authors: Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)
While enrolment patterns can vary widely both within and between provinces, the fact is that there are simply not as many school-age children in Canada as there were just a few years ago. In particular, the last of the large cohort of children born to the baby boomers between 1980 and 1994 have graduated from the kindergarten to Grade 12 system, and the children taking their places are part of a much smaller cohort.
That decline in enrolment presents serious challenges for funding, program delivery, and staffing. At the same time, the authors of this paper note, declining enrolments also present opportunities.
Class sizes naturally grow smaller when enrolment declines. As long as schools receive funding to cover their increased per-student costs, declining enrolments can provide an opportunity to move toward smaller class sizes.
Lower enrolment numbers may also alleviate some of the pressure of the anticipated teacher shortages when large numbers of teachers from the baby boom generation start moving into retirement.
As well, declining enrolments offer opportunities for innovation. The authors point to efforts in some areas to attract international students, who pay fees that can help alleviate the financial pressure of declining enrolment.
They also make note of efforts in Newfoundland and Labrador, where distance learning allows students in every corner of the province to share virtual classrooms and take courses that their small schools would not be able to offer individually.
This presentation is designed to inform school administrators about School-to-Work, a program in New York State with a focus on career options, intended to motivate students and increase their competence and confidence. The STW program also provides connections to many after-graduation options, such as four-year college, two-year college, technical training, or entry-level work along a career path.
This presentation is designed to inform employers about School-to-Work, a program in New York State with a focus on career options, intended to motivate students and increase their competence and confidence. The STW program also provides connections to many after-graduation options, such as four-year college, two-year college, technical training, or entry-level work along a career path.