Northwest Territories Literacy Council
This Week in Literacy
Friday, May 9, 2008
Literacy Dates for Next Year
International Literacy Day September 8, 2008
It is never too early to start planning. We encourage you to start planning for NWT Literacy Week now. We will be organizing a NWT Literacy Week committee for Yellowknife in the next couple of weeks. Some of our plans include bringing up an author and distributing resources for NWT Literacy Week to all NWT communities by the end of August.
Elizabeth Hay is Coming to YK
Elizabeth Hay was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, the daughter of a high school principal and a painter, and one of four children. She attended the University of Toronto, then moved out west, and in 1974 went north to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. For the next ten years she worked as a CBC radio broadcaster in Yellowknife, Winnipeg, and Toronto, and eventually freelanced from Mexico. In 1986 she moved to New York City, where for a time she taught creative writing in the continuing education department of New York University. In 1992, with her husband and two children, she returned to Canada, settling in Ottawa, where she has lived ever since. She has written several books both fiction and non-fiction.
Schedule for Yellowknife
May 12 Brown Bag Lunch at the Library noon – 1:00 pm
May 13 NACC Presentation 7:30 – 9:30 pm
May 14 Baker Centre 2:00 pm
United Way call for proposals – Deadline May 16th
Canada Post Community Literacy Award nominations open – Deadline May 23rd
Premier's Council of the Federation Literacy Award – Deadline May 30th
Remarkable Results for Canadian Students in Reading, Communiqué, April 28, 2008
Canadians have long been interested in how well their education systems are meeting the needs of students and society. PCAP was created in 2003 by CMEC following the decision of the ministers of education to replace the School Achievement Indicators Program (SAIP) with a new evaluation more consistent with international ones such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PCAP is also designed to complement existing assessments in each Canadian jurisdiction, providing nation-wide data on the achievement levels attained by students across the country.
“The results released today will provide ministers of education with a basis for examining their curricula, as well as their policies and practices for the learning environment of their students,” said the Honourable Kelly Lamrock, Minister of Education for New Brunswick and current Chair of CMEC. To read more go to http://www.cmec.ca/releases/press.en.stm?id=64
Education Matters: Insights on education, learning and training in Canada
The article "Adult learning in Canada: Characteristics of learners" summarizes findings of a recent report that examined characteristics of adult learners in Canada, including links between participation in adult education and training and literacy skill levels, education, family background and age. One key finding is that people with the highest levels of literacy participate in adult learning at much higher rates than those at the lowest levels. Thus, those most in need of learning to enhance their skills to be able to compete in the labour market are least likely to take advantage of training opportunities. http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/81-004-XIE/2008001/article/10561-en.htm
The second article "Why are the majority of university students women?" summarizes results of a recent report that set out to explain the gender gap in university participation. Women continue to outnumber men in university, and the gap is widening. Key factors include differences in school marks at the age of 15; standardized test scores in reading at 15; study habits; and parental expectations. Data came from the Youth in Transition Survey, Cycle 3, which collected information from participants in 2003, when they were 19 years old.
Understanding Income Tax: Learning Materials for Literacy and Basic Skills, Revised July 2003, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Community Literacy Coordinator
The NWT Literacy Council is a non-profit, non-government agency dedicated to supporting the development of literacy in all official languages of the NWT.
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