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NORTHERN BYTES

The Northern Networks (LNN, LNW & MNN) are working together to consolidate and share information to help ensure that all LBS service providers are kept informed.

Inside This Issue

  • Register for LNO's upcoming Community of Practice webinars
  • Learn about the history of International Literacy Day & the theme for 2018
  • Explore the new resources presented by CLO
  • Try some of the tips mentioned to get back to work after summer vacation

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Ministry Memos

  • There is no memo yet, but the ministry's name was changed from Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development back to Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
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Inside Their Business

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International Literacy Day


September 8, 2018


On October 26, 1966 UNESCO proclaimed that September 8th was International Literacy Day (ILD).  Since 1967 ILD celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind people of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more litereate and sustainable society.

This year's theme was 'Literacy and skills development'.  Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist and at the same time the demands for skills required for work, evolve rapidly.  ILD explores and highlights integrated approaches that simultaneously can support the development of literacy and skills to ultimately improve people's life and work and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies.

 

On a Side Note...

The Apprenticeship Toolbox

 

The Local Employment Planning Council has created a website dedicated to apprenticeship.  This website gives details on what apprenticeship is, what the benefits are to employers, potential funding opportunities and return on investment.  To view the apprenticeship toolbox website, please click here.


Updates to CLO's Literacy Basics Website

Literacy Basics is a free, self-directed online training website for Ontario literacy practitioners, that was researched, written and designed by Community Literacy of Ontario.

The modules on Information & Referral and Exit & Follow-Up were launched.  These modules will look at Ontario's LBS program's information and referral requirements, practices and tools. 
To look at the information and referral module, please click here.
To look at the exit and follow up module, please click here.


Northern Policy Institute Launches Community Accounts

Community Accounts is an innovative information tool providing northern Ontarians with a reliable source of community, regional and provincial data on key economic and social indicators.  The aim of this resource is to encourage information sharing and provide communities with a greater understanding of their local area and Northern Ontario as a whole.  Topics include income, education, health and employment.  This resource is free to use and explore!  To explore the website, please click here.


Community Literacy of Ontario: More Than Words Can Say is Now Available

CLO is happy to present More Than Words Can Say, which is an updated "Literacy - Why it Matters".  This resource showcases the importance of literacy to our province and shares the intersections between literacy, health, poverty, employment, the economy and more.  These are issues that matter and they impact Ontario's citizens and our province in a profound way.  To read More Than Words Can Say, please click here.
 

Try This...

Here are some tips to help you get back to work after the summer vacation:
  • Have a plan to deal with stress
    • whatever it is make sure it has nothing to do with work so you can have a chance to clear your head and reset at least once a week
  • Hold a pep talk with all of your staff at the earliest possible date 
    • this will remind them of the great things you have accomplished; and
    • get them excited about future goals
  • Focus on the positive
    • what do you love about your work?
    • figure out how you can do more of what you love
  • Think about the negative
    • what is it that you don't like about your work?
    • then figure out how to change it
  • Remember that not all emails need to be answered in 1 day
    • prioritise by sender and nature
    • follow up in detail with people who have an immediate demand
    • if the demand is not immediate, then notify them with a quick email saying you will follow up soon
  • You won't be able to catch up on everything in 1 day or even 1 week.
    • Pace yourself so you won't feel totally swamped.
  • It is important to know when you need a break
    • taking a break will help you to refocus and make what you are doing more productive
Below are some tips to help make your work more enjoyable:
  • listen to inspirational music first thing in the morning
  • liven up your workspace
    • put up photos or decorations to make it somewhere you actually want to be
  • swap out your desk chair for an exercise ball
    • what is more fun than bouncing all day?
  • spruce up your office wardrobe
    • treat yourself to a few fun new outfits
  • track your tasks with a productivity app (FocusList, Trello, Evernote)
    • it gives you a satisfying visual reward whenever you check off something from your list
  • compliment your co-workers
    • compliments are always appreciated and it can improve morale
  • give yourself a small reward for completed tasks
  • play a board game during your lunch hour
  • switch up your work environment
    • if you have the option to work from home, take up the offer once in a while
    • take your laptop to a communal space to work
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