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Questioning our ideas about inclusion – and asking for your input

July 13th, 2021 by Alan Cherwinski

At AlphaPlus, we’re currently looking for perspectives that may have been missing in our inclusion efforts. I’m the Executive Director of AlphaPlus, but I wear more than one hat in the adult literacy education field: I’m also on the board of a literacy program here in Picton, which allows me to engage in adult literacy […]

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What do we mean by digital literacy development opportunities?

 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

Digital literacy is a tricky concept to pin down. It can mean many things to different organizations and people. Rather than interpret it with a static definition, we describe the more actionable consequences of an equitable, sustainable and effective adult learning system that provides learners with comprehensive digital literacy development opportunities. To fully realize these […]

AlphaPlus Virtual Showcase: 4 Zoom sessions on building virtual learning communities

May 21st, 2021 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Join us for a Virtual Showcase — a series of 4 Zoom sessions showcasing how innovative programs and instructors use digital tools and approaches to connect and work with learners remotely. Each session will feature guest presenters who’ll share their approaches, strategies and tips on how they connect with learners and build a virtual community […]

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Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) case study: Coaching

April 9th, 2021 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

In early 2020, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) was grappling with several digital technology issues. Their website had been corrupted three years earlier and had not been replaced.

2020 in Review: Top 10 Items We Covered in Coaching

February 8th, 2021 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

2020 has been like no other for our coaching team! It has been busy, hectic —and yes — sometimes overwhelming. Many programs reached out to our team to ask for ideas, support and training in the unexpected and fast shift to working from home and delivering their services remotely. It was also extremely rewarding to see these programs try new things, build up their confidence and then take off with so many great ideas.

Featured Tech – Microsoft Teams: Business vs. Education

September 8th, 2020 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Are you interested in using Microsoft Teams? Will you be using the Education edition available to schools and colleges or the Business edition? Which one is right for you, and what’s the difference, anyway? The Education edition is tailor-made for education settings and includes Classes and Class Teams as well as an additional notebook and […]

Initial Survey Results: COVID-19 Response Survey

 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

This spring, our sector made a sudden shift to communicating, working, and teaching online. As LBS programs made the transition to remote delivery, we realized this was an opportunity to learn more about how our sector was working and adapting to this unprecedented and unplanned change. What were their new priorities and how were those […]

Microsoft Teams: Business vs. Education

 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Are you interested in using Microsoft Teams? Will you be using the Education edition available to schools and colleges or the Business edition? Which one is right for you, and what’s the difference, anyway? The Education edition is tailor-made for education settings and includes Classes and Class Teams as well as an additional notebook and […]

Watch Us in a Town Hall Session With MPP Jill Andrew

August 12th, 2020 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

This August, Alan Cherwinski and Christine Pinsent-Johnson represented the AlphaPlus team during an adult literacy roundtable discussion with Jill Andrew, MPP for Toronto–St. Paul’s. They were joined by Reb Chevalier of Parkdale Project Read and organizer Phylicia Davis-Wesseling, founder and program manager of the KGO Adult Literacy Program. Together, the group discussed how the COVID-19 […]

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