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Performance Management Newsletter
~ Winter 2019 ~

Literacy Service Community Plans are now available for download (these are in draft form; final input/comments due by February 1st).

These reports include information, data and analysis based on partner consultations during the first eight months of the 2018-19 fiscal year. Each report also includes learner profile data for the first half of 2018-19. 

Get your (draft) reports here: 

2018-19 learner profile data by sector (community-based, school board and college) is coming soon!

Math Resources Webinar this Thursday!

Thursday, January 24th, 2pm - 3:30pm

Register today

This webinar is all about sharing knowledge of the math resources that front-line LBS practitioners use and have proven to work well! Literacy Link Niagara's (LLN) Co-Executive Director Gay Douglas will moderate a discussion on effective math resources for each goal path, including pre-apprenticeship.

The group will share both online and print resources. Panelists will include members of LLN's Front Line Group, comprised of instructors from all streams and sectors of the region's LBS programs. You'll learn about resources that work best for each LBS goal path, and about ways to address the different systems of measurement that can be an extra challenge to new Canadians.

LOCS Q4 Regional Conference -
March 1st

Baxter Creek Golf Club, Fraserville

This year's Q4 Regional LSP and Networking event is fast approaching! An Eventbrite registration link will be sent out soon. 

The event program will include sessions on working with learners and clients with learning disabilities, an innovative Skills Advance Ontario project, Supported Employment program and more. We will also be featuring a focus on Trades and Apprenticeship.

Watch for your invite coming to your inbox soon!

e-Channel Resource for LBS Online Community of Practice

Your guide to blended learning

e-Channel partners have developed a guide to help you manage blended learning opportunities. Shared learning between in-person and e-Channel LBS programs is one form of “blended learning”. In 2014, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities endorsed sharing of blended learners including milestones and culminating tasks when both programs contribute to the learner’s success.

e-Channel can be used to:

• Supplement classroom upgrading with online courses
• Reinforce classroom instruction
• Provide courses that are not available locally
• Support leaners who are unable to attend classroom locations
• Offer culturally appropriate programming
• Try online learning risk-free

The guide includes website links, tips for working with blended learners, forms and more. Download your copy today!

Compendium of Assistive Technologies


In December, the Simcoe/Muskoka Literacy Network (SMLN) released their update to their consolidated list of assistive technology to help people with learning and other challenges that may affect their learning. Through field support funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, we researched and complied the first version of this compendium, which was targeted to adult educators.

The definition of ”Assistive Technology” that we used in selecting resources for this compendium is “anything that assists someone experiencing difficulty with a task – whether that task is visual, physical, or cognitive – to increase, maintain, or improve their functional capabilities”. The term can be used as an umbrella term to include assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices and software.

Many people have particular needs connected with functional limitations or with learning difficulties. This compendium includes a variety of assistive technologies, both software and hardware, which help people in learning, employment and life in general. While we have made efforts to collect a range of technologies, this compendium is by no means exhaustive.

Download your copy of this excellent resource.

Literacy as a Poverty Reduction Strategy

Your expert input is needed!

Frontier College and the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) are happy to announce the launch of a National Consultation on Literacy and Poverty. These consultations are part of a National Research Study aiming to inform a poverty reduction strategy firmly rooted in literacy development.
The study provides people like you with an opportunity to help identify where literacy investments in literacy programming should be made to best empower lower skilled Canadians living in poverty. We also want to learn how we can better integrate and coordinate adult literacy programming with poverty reduction programs to make them more effective.
We are asking you to take 20 minutes of your time to respond to an online survey. We are also asking you to share this survey broadly among your networks (including social media, newsletters, and by any other means).
The information you share will help shape our National Report. It will also help inform the future of adult literacy in Canada.

Survey Link:


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