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Making a Difference in the Kootenays…

Joan Exley started out as a volunteer adult tutor 15 years ago and has since become an influential member within the community-based literacy landscape in British Columbia. A lifelong learner and educator, Joan has been in the game a long time. She studied special education and she enjoyed a career as an elementary school teacher, but… Read more

Child Poverty Report Card 2014

Yesterday, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, with the support of SPARC BC, published its 2014 BC Child Poverty Report Card.  This annual report contains the latest statistics on child and family poverty in B.C.  Here are some of the key findings: • One out of every five B.C. children lives in poverty…. Read more

Jacquie Taylor

Chair Jacquie began teaching in the BC public education system in 1974.  It was as superintendent in School District #33 (Chilliwack) that she came to understand the value of reaching out to the broader learning community and creating educational spaces that are shared with community based-programs.  In 2007, she joined the BC Ministry of Education… Read more

First Nations Financial Fitness

First Nations Financial Fitness: Your Guide for Getting Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise  is a handbook with the information, tools and resources to help make informed decisions about your relationship with money.  First produced by the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC in 2011, the handbook is now available online.     The website also includes… Read more

Today is National Child Day

National Child Day commemorates the adoption of both the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.   This year marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which contains 54 articles that describe the basic rights… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Essential Skills training at work

Do employers benefit from investing in Essential Skills training at work? Using evidence from the UPSKILL project, the following video shows why this kind of training is worthwhile. You can learn more about Decoda’s work on implementing Essential Skills in the Workplace here.

Tech Tuesday: Digital Divide

A digital divide refers to inequality in access to information and communication available through technology. It can be created by limited access to the technology or inability to use the technology. Does a digital divide exist in Canada? Read Digital divide persists in Canada, both in access and Internet fluency to see what the divide looks like…. Read more


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Our Brilliant Brains

Jenny Horsman, who is well known for her work on learning and violence, has created a new video, Our Brilliant Brains, explaining how the experiences of violence can make it hard to learn and make sense of the world.  The video includes simple strategies that can help people return to learning in the aftermath of… Read more