Canada Literacy

There's An End In Sight In The Fight Against Mass Incarceration

Robyn Keystone | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Robyn Keystone

While we may not have the same incarceration numbers, private prisons or overt existence of a prison pipeline, Canada has seen an increase in incarceration over the last decade, and this population continues to be over-represented by black, brown and Latino youth. This highlights a need for open discussion.

What Happened When I Learned To Read My 'Mother Language'

World Vision | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Impact
World Vision

In my classroom, there were a few precious books available in my local language. Those stories profoundly touched my heart, and I loved reading time at primary school. Children love stories, you see. Stories are the virtual window to their world of fantasy and reality. Children do not want to read just any story book, but story books that are engaging and connecting to their passionate souls.

Make Reading A Year-Long Resolution For 2017

Dr. Steve Truch | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Parents
Dr. Steve Truch

We've settled into 2017 and, despite starting the year off with good intentions, many of our New Year's resolutions have likely fallen by the wayside. However, even if you only stick to one resolution this year, pledge to make reading a year-long commitment for your family.

Should Teachers Bring Their Politics Into The Classroom?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Among the groups that I saw at the Toronto march was a contingent of elementary school teachers. As most people know, the great majority of elementary school teachers everywhere are women. As women, they have experienced more than their fair share of discrimination, pay inequity, and even violence in the workplace. But should teachers have the right to protest and then to bring their views and opinions into their classrooms? It might depend on the views and how they are expressed.

Don't Give Up On Your Dream Of Education

Street Haven | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada
Street Haven

In high school, I was placed in a special education program instead of regular classes because I couldn't learn like the other students. I felt I was ...

What Teaching In Jail Is Teaching Me About Privilege

Robyn Keystone | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Living
Robyn Keystone

Four months ago, I began teaching inmates in two of Ontario's maximum security jails. The experience has taught me a lot in a very short amount of time. I'm learning about an alternative universe that exists in parallel to mine. I'm accessing a dimension which is completely divergent from the one I was born into, and I'm still trying to digest it all.

How Children's Books Make Me A Better Parent

Tara Mandarano | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

Reading has been an ingrained part of our family life since even before she was born. My husband read Dr. Seuss to her while she was in utero, and we've continued to incorporate books into her life as she's grown. Reading in the "big bed" is an essential component of my toddler's bedtime routine.

How To Build A Reading Corner In Your Home

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

Thursday is International Literacy Day, a chance to celebrate the power of reading in children's lives. If you're a book-lover yourself, you may remember curling up with your latest childhood treasure (it was Anne of Green Gables for me!)

Is Your Child Facing A Learning Challenge, Or A Learning Disability?

Dr. Steve Truch | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Steve Truch

Why do some children learn to read so easily? And why do so many very bright children have such difficulty with what appears to be a simple task? How is a parent to know if a child is just a bit delayed in reading or perhaps actually learning disabled? Here's what the latest research tells us.

Ex-Mountie Is Now A CEO Giving Away A Million Books

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Living

To fight illiteracy among kids.

4 Steps To Self-Empowerment Through Learning

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Business
Steve Kaufmann

Human beings are learning machines. We spend our lives learning. We can't help but learn. The only question is what we will learn and how it will affect our lives. Unfortunately we have been conditioned by the school system to think that learning can only take place in a classroom. We need to take charge of our own learning.

Explore The World This Holiday Season With Children's Books

Joanne Sallay | Posted 12.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Joanne Sallay

Whether you're heading out of town to a holiday destination or enjoying a relaxing staycation at home, reading is a great activity for children to escape and explore the world. Here are four children's books that will bring adventure, culture and delight to the entire family.

Benefit Corporations Are In The Business Of Creating Social Change

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 11.12.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

These companies have already touched your life. Beyond the big names like Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Patagonia clothing, Etsy, or Kickstarter, there are impact-driven business leaders making significant money while making an amazing difference in communities all around us.

Let's Keep The Art Of Reading Alive

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 10.29.2016 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

Imagine there being a child who does not have a stack of books in his room, who has not yet had a chance to pick out the stories he wants to share before bed, who doesn't have a favourite book character to pretend to be when playing in the park. Simply because he does not have access to books.

Finding Innovative Ways to Teach the World's Children to Read

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On International Literacy Day, I find myself thinking about classrooms where the challenges go far beyond folding paper. I think of children in the world's poorest, most remote regions, who walk for hours every day to reach the nearest school.

14 Fantastic Gender-Positive Books

The Huffington Post Canada | Lyndsay Kirkham | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

For most kids, reading is right up there with magic. Through books, children are handed keys to new worlds and are introduced to unknown people and cu...

The Story Behind This Famous Book Will Tear You Apart

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents

Love you Forever is likely Robert Munsch's best-selling book, which is saying a lot. The children's author has more than 50 titles to his name, includ...

Shockingly Low Literacy Rates Prove First Nations Kids Are Being Left Behind

Charlie Angus | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

Buried in a department performance report, we learned the shocking news of the failures of literacy and numeracy in First Nation schools. In the Ontario region, students who participated in provincial standardized testing in 2013-2014 ended up with an average literacy score of 21 per cent for boys and 32 per cent for girls. What are the results of educating children in a system that has been systematically underfunded for decades? Unless we are willing to break this cycle of underfunding and negligence, the question will need to be asked -- who will stand up to apologize to this generation of children who are being deliberately left behind?

How Adult Literacy Is Transforming a Village

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

September 8 is International Literacy Day, marked with events in schools and communities around the world, and highlighted by a United Nations celebration and conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Despite the promising gains of the UN's worldwide "Literacy as Freedom" decade that ended in 2012, more than 770 million people over the age of 15 cannot read or write.

We're Already Living in the Future

Cathy Elliott | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada
Cathy Elliott

Escape From an Inhospitable Planet As a kid in high school, I was the one who was called out by other girls and beaten up by the boys in the school ya...

A Huge Number Of University Grads Don't Hit Basic Benchmark For Literacy

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada Living

About a quarter of Canadian university graduates don't hit a basic literacy benchmark, according to recent data. A study that evaluates adult lite...

Family Literacy Is for the Grown-Ups Too

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lindsay L. Kennedy

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative held across Canada every year on January 27. Its goal is to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Literacy Doesn't Mean What You Think

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Lindsay L. Kennedy

A quick search of web-based resources yielded 17 different types of subject-related literacy, but these initiatives are really more about promoting general awareness and knowledge of a specific subject area than they are about literacy as a foundational skill.

Parent To Parent: How To Get Your Kids To Read

Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living

There are so many important reasons why your child should become an avid reader, but the real question is: When reading seems about as fun as eating b...

Vancouver's City-Wide Book Drive has Begun

Cory Ashworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cory Ashworth

A Good Book Drive inspires Vancouverites to donate a new copy of their favourite kids' book with the next generation of readers. The second annual drive aims to collect 3,000 books by the end of the month for the Frontier College Waiting Room Literacy Pilot project.