Thursday, January 05, 2006

Conference and New Program 2B Launched!

Hey everyone,

First off - Happy New Year! I'm officially on vacation until next Monday, so I've been in hibernation as far as blogging is concerned, but felt I should at least get a post in before double-digits of 2006.

So there are two interesting pieces of Ottawa Frontier News to share. All volunteers should have received an email - for other interested folks here it is:

1. Frontier College Ottawa's Annual Literacy Conference

Saturday, January 14th, 2006 - 9:30a.m. to 3:00p.m. at Heartwood House

Agenda as follows:

1. 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Muffins, and Networking

Sign in, pick up your conference packages, and wake yourself up with a warm drink and a breakfast-y snack.
Please plan to arrive by 9:50 a.m. at the latest

2. 10:00 a.m. Welcome

3. 10:15 a.m. Storytelling Session

Donna Stewart, Ottawa Storytellers
Donna is a long-time friend of Frontier College Ottawa. She will be sharing her “top tips” for effective storytelling and treating us to a tale or two!

4a. 11:00 a.m. Workshop #1a: Family Literacy

Betsy Mann, First Words
This workshop will address the importance of first-language use in the home and inform tutors about ways that parents can use reading and storytelling to encourage language development in their preschool children.

4b. 11:00 a.m. Workshop #1b: Math Skills Boot Camp (to be confirmed…)

Designed specifically with our homework club tutors in mind, this workshop will be a refresher in math skills combined with tips on communicating math concepts to learners.

5. 12:00 p.m. Lunch! (Catered)

Please inform Lyndsay of any food allergies or restrictions prior to January 10, 2005

6. 12:30 p.m. Scrabble Games

Have a Scrabble game at home? Bring along the tiles!

7. 1:00 p.m. Workshop #2: Fundraising for Your Cause

Daniel Knox, Frontier College
Learn some basics of fundraising and find out how to host your own Scrabble Night in Canada to benefit Frontier College, both locally and nationally.

8. 2:00 p.m. Stretch Break

9. 2:10 p.m. Workshop #3: The Literacy Tutor’s Internet Toolkit

This will be a 101 session highlighting some of the latest (free!) tools on the Web with suggestions on how to use this information to enhance your tutoring experiences. From blogs to podcasts to RSS readers to social bookmarking, this session will present you with a grab bag of virtual goodies!

10. 2:50 p.m. Closing Words and Evaluation

2. Frontier College in Ottawa is planning to launch a new program in February.
Reading Circle Coordinator and Tutors – Children Ages 5 to 12 needed for the West End Women’s Shelter

One position as program coordinator and up to five positions as tutors are available at a NEW Reading Circle starting up at a Women’s Shelter in the West End (Kanata area). The program will run on Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Tutors will work with children and their mothers on homework assignments and/or literacy-related activities.

This program will run as a pilot for the months of February and March 2006. If you are interested, please contact Lyndsay ASAP (contact info on Frontier College Ottawa website HERE). There is the possibility of running a training session on Saturday, January 14, 2006, alongside our conference, so if you—or a friend!!!—are interested, the sooner you can let Lyndsay know the better!!

On a separate train of thought - linking back to my previous endeavour to tell you if literacy issues are mentioned in the election - unless I've missed it, they haven't - but ABC Canada came out with a press release on the issue which you can view HERE. They had Ipsos-Reid do a survey where they found that one in four Canadians say low literacy in Canada is a major problem. More detailed info on their literacy awareness survey can be found HERE.




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