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The April 2010 issue of Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada contains two articles.
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What is it? An awareness and fundraising day for schools and businesses. Participants donate a toonie and wear their loudest, wildest, wackiest shirts, ties, or other clothing.
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The Statistics Canada 2011 Census Teacher's Kit is provided free of charge, for use in elementary, intermediate and secondary schools, as well as for adult education classes across the country. Students play important roles as future respondents to the census and translators to parents whose language skills are not strong in either of Canada's official languages.
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Students and educators at online universities have a wealth of learning and productivity tools available to them online. Google offers some of the highest-quality resources on the web to meet all your study and teaching needs, and all you need to access them is an internet connection.
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By Tom Sticht International Consultant in Adult Education Many adults who are native English language speakers still lack sufficient oracy and literacy skills for school learning, technical training, college and successful career progression. Though considerable attention has been given to the role of literacy in these life roles, less attention has been given to oracy skills.
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OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 190 enterprising Aboriginal youths from across Canada will visit the University of Ottawa next month to attend the tenth edition of the E-Spirit National Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition gathering. The E-Spirit competition is organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
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CHICAGO – Speaking to a full house of educators at the opening general session of the International Reading Association’s 55th Annual Convention in Chicago, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan said teaching was her favourite profession and the “most noble profession.” The queen spoke simply and with heartfelt eloquence about what literacy means and the important role teachers have in moulding life. “The future is in your hands.
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Welcome to the 10th annual ABC Life Literacy Media Sale (formerly the Gutenberg Media Grab), an online sale of advertising space that is donated by leading magazines, newspapers, websites and outdoor media from across the country.
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UNESCO is celebrating World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April by highlighting the need to preserve creativity from piracy. The Day also marks the launch of celebrations in Ljubljana (Slovenia), World Book Capital for 2010.
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Canadians of all ages are faced with big decisions about how to spend and save their money and it is up to all of us to learn as much about it as we can, says the head of a task force holding public hearings across the country on financial literacy.
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Thomas King and Tomson Highway, acclaimed Canadian Aboriginal authors, will address the Cultivating Connections National Family Literacy Conference being presented by the Centre for Family Literacy in Edmonton, Alberta, July 15-17, 2010. Thomas King’s topic is “Stories Do Create a World” and Tomson Highway will speak on “How Literacy Can Make for a Healthy, Functional Family.” Register for banquet tickets to hear Thomas King or for the full conference.
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Award-winning Irish writer Colm Toibin firmly believes the novel will remain fundamentally unchanged by the Internet or other high-tech innovations, a realm in which he admits he is nearly illiterate.
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ABC Life Literacy Canada is pleased to announce the launch of Life Literacy Radio this June. This new audio podcast series will feature news items and stories of literacy and life-long learning with a variety of interesting and entertaining guests.
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The Task Force on Financial Literacy begins its cross-Canada public consultations today in Vancouver, British Columbia and simultaneously in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The sessions will feature presentations by groups and individuals representing a cross section of Canadian society, including the private, public and voluntary sectors.
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Jahara Drammeh first thought about coming to America while watching the 1988 Eddie Murphy film “Coming to America.” He liked what he saw.
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By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.
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For 111 years, Frontier College has relied on the power of volunteers to deliver its literacy programs across Canada. As Canada's original literacy organization, Frontier College has been recruiting volunteers to work with Canadian children, youth and adults from coast to coast since 1899.
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Children in Port-au-Prince are beginning to return to school, four months after the deadly earthquake on 12 January. But their normal lessons were replaced by a special syllabus developed by UNESCO and the Haitian Ministry of Education to take into account the trauma and disruption experienced by both children and teachers.
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DALA is a user-friendly assessment, specifically designed to assess the literacy skills of very beginning readers. The primary purposes of DALA are to inform instruction and measure progress.
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The next World Congress will be July 12-15, 2010, in Auckland, New Zealand, where this storied gem in the Pacific is certain to energize and inspire. The theme for the conference will be “Leading & Learning in Literacy.” Additional details will be posted as they are available.
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Finally, an online credit course for teachers, teachers in training, and students interested in communications studies and media education. Understanding Media Literacy: Inside Plato’s Cave is a breakthrough online three credit course written, tested and endorsed by teachers and delivered in partnership with Athabasca University.
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The Spring Newsletter will be mailed to current members in early May. We'd like your input:
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