Community Literacy of Ontario has created this resource guide "to help organizations further develop and strengthen their board governance practices". Topics include board roles and responsibilities, governance structures, the board and risk management, board development, effective board meetings and evaluation.
The purpose of this Ontario government handbook is to provide general information on the nature of a not-for-profit corporation. It also provides basic information on incorporating charitable corporations, which are a special type of not-for-profit corporation. Published in May 2018.
Sage Solutions is a Guelph-based consulting firm that facilitates strategic planning through facilitation, strategy development and stakeholder engagement. Sage has supported Action Read through two strategic planning processes.
These are the Learning Links grouped under: Adult Education /Financial Literacy
A fun site, with cartoonish math and reading games. Check out the "Math Arcade", math baseball, and the "Reading" section which contains Mad Libs. Although the site's audience is kids, many of the activities can be applied to an adult context.
"Quintessential Instructional Archive". There are over 1200 math activities on this website! Simple design and 16 different types of interactive online activities give a good framework for learning much more than just math. Screen the activities before using them with a learner; the levels vary wildly. The "advanced search" feature is useful.
The objective is to give concrete examples of common math concepts. The grid connects concepts to the grade level according to the American public school curriculum which closely mirrors the Canadian. These are not exactly games but can feel pretty fun as they visually represent concepts.
These are the Learning Links grouped under: Adult Education /Math Club
In order to be AODA compliant, Action Read volunteers and staff must take accessibility training. Please complete Module 1 (Customer Service Standards) and Module 2 (General Requirements). Please give your certificates of completion to any Action Read staff member. Volunteers are welcome to complete this training at home or at Action Read.
The Adult Basic Education Association (ABEA), in partnership with Workforce Planning Hamilton (WPH) has released 5 employment videos with support materials targeted to youth exploring their career options. The videos give an overview of the job and essential skill requirements. You may find the videos can be used with many different audiences.
An Ontario-based certificate program that prepares individuals to work in literacy and essential skills programs as an instructor or program coordinator. Whether you are already in the field and are wanting recognition through a credential or you are considering a career switch to the field, this program is for you.
Good Learning Anywhere (GLA) provides free online distance learning opportunities for adult learners in Ontario to assist them in upgrading their reading, writing, math, computer and other Essential Skills. Good Learning Anywhere works with Aboriginal communities, organizations and individuals to identify and meet their learning goals in our flexible online learning environment.
An awesome online resource for so many things! There are lesson plans, cool activities, beautiful graphics (once you get into the site), and much more - all designed with the concerns of adult learners in mind. We highly recommend that tutors and learners take the time to explore this site.
The International Reading Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Members promote improving the quality of reading instruction, sharing research and information about reading and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.
Important, transformative and research-based website which looks at the impact of violence on learning. Jenny Horsman is a very respected Canadian literacy practitioner with years of experience. Site is filled with insight and practical tools.
Powerful, hard-hitting, wise and courageous. Olympian Scott Sonnon shares his childhood experience with learning, how violence affected his ability to learn and how finding his kinesthetic learning style transformed his life.
Thoughtful and practical resource which recognizes the complexity of issues involved with supporting adults with learning disabilities. Published by the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy in 2015. Highly recommended.
NALD offers a range of services:
•provides complete, full text documents and books, as well as a resource catalogue
•designs and hosts websites for literacy organizations (including Action Read)
•researches and organizes educational material found elsewhere on the Web
•connects partners with experts in the field
•publicizes literacy-related activities and events
Provides clear descriptions of the Essential Skills and work habits important for work, learning and life. The OSP offers high school students, adult learners, job seekers, workers, employers, teachers, trainers, practitioners, job developers and counsellors a common language, resources and tools that help build competence, confidence and connections.
Self-directed learning course for new adult literacy tutors by the Virginia Literacy Foundation. Learning units include (1) the adult learner (2) teaching reading to adults (3) teaching writing to adults (4) tools for tutors. While not everything will apply to Action Read or to the Canadian context, it is still an interesting resource with lots of relevant information.
April 2017. This news feature describes the services Action Read provides. It features Colleen Harper as she speaks about her literacy progress at Action Read. Colleen contacted CTV because she felt that more people needed to know about Action Read.
GCHC provides access to health programs and services and creates opportunities for people to improve their well-being. Program focus on primary care, children, nutrition and fitness. Many Action Read learners access the Wandering Chef and the Garden Fresh Box programs, among others.
From the latest books, e-readers and movies; to cool resources like the Golden Oak Clear Language Series and Ancestry.Com; to literacy related events; the Guelph Public Library is the Guelph community hotspot for anyone interested in lifelong learning.
Guelph Spoken Word (GSW) was founded in November 2008 by Beth Anne Ellipsis. Spoken word is performance-based poetry that is focused on the aesthetics of word play and story-telling. It often includes collaboration and experimentation with other art forms. Through partnerships with other community groups and businesses, GSW presents monthly and annual spoken word events and workshops and even competes on the national stage.
Here 24/7 is your front door to the addictions, mental health and crisis services provided by 12 agencies across Waterloo – Wellington – Dufferin. They help you figure out your needs and navigate the system. They do the intake, assessment, referral, crisis, waitlist and appointment booking work for local programs. programs.
The City of Guelph provides funding to our Family Literacy Program. It also offers numerous other programs and services that contribute to making Guelph a wonderful place to live. The following link connects to the City of Guelph home page.
WDG Public Health is a community health service focused on promoting and protecting the health of our community.
They offer programs around healthy infant and child development, parenting, sexual and dental health, disease prevention, substance abuse prevention and programming, and communicable and infectious diseases prevention and response.
These are the Learning Links grouped under: Community /Job Search
This a general health and safety awareness program developed by the Ministry of Labour for Ontario's workforce. It provides a basic overview of such topics as the duties of employers and workers, protecting yourself from hazardous materials, getting involved in health and safety committees and where to look for further information.
Literacy and essential Skills are needed for work, learning and life. This site provides many job descriptions, and lists the skills you will need for success in those jobs. It will also give tutors some strategies for including real world examples in lessons.
These are the Learning Links grouped under: Community /Legal
Being a good tenant or a good landlord is not an innate skill. RentSmart teaches these skills. A certificate is provided upon successful completion of the course, which is helpful for individuals seeking housing.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) provides the latest news from Canada, the world, entertainment, business and more. It is a Canadian crown corporation that serves as the national public radio and television broadcaster.
The Guelph Mercury publishes a mix of community, national and international news. Owned by Metroland Media, it has been a part of the community since 1854. It is one of the oldest broadsheet newspapers in Ontario.
Snapd Inc. specializes in community-based events, public relations, networking and marketing initiatives. Their publications are free to consumers, full of photos and showcase the life, entertainment and overall spirit of each community in which they operate.
These are the Learning Links grouped under: Digital Learning /Blended Learning
Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council operates Good Learning Anywhere, the award winning e-channel program for distance learning.
This site provides free online distance learning opportunities for adult learners in Ontario to assist them in upgrading their reading, writing, math, computer and other Essential Skills. Good Learning Anywhere works with Aboriginal communities, organizations and individuals to identify and meet their learning goals in our flexible online learning environment.
The Northstar Digital Literacy Project uses self-guided assessments to identify the basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online in ten main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, Microsoft Word, Social Media, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Information Literacy
These are the Learning Links grouped under: Digital Learning /Keyboarding