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  • Register for upcoming webinars in May
  • Learn about the Apprenticeship Live Binder resources & new task-based activities added to the portal
  • Learn about an exciting opportunity for ESL
  • Learn about some strategies to help you manage your time

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On a Side Note...

Anytime ESL

Anytime ESL is an online ESL (English as a Second Language) learning opportunity available to adult newcomers in Ontario.  It is funded by MCI (the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration) and offered by the Centre for Employment & Learning of the Avon Maitland District School Board.  Anytime ESL is ideal for newcomers who are at CLB levels 1-5 who are unable to access (or have limited access to) traditional ESL classrooms, but it also works well to enhance and supplement what instructors are teaching in ESL classrooms.  The three methods of study used by Anytime ESL are self directed study, live group sessions and tutorials.  To learn more about Anytime ESL please click here to visit their website.

CLO: Research Summary Report on the State of Volunteerism in Community-Based LBS Agencies 2017 now Available

Community Literacy of Ontario is pleased to release their research summary report on the State of Volunteerism in Community-Based LBS Agencies 2017.  This report provides a snapshot of volunteerism realities, as well as tools, resources and strategies to support volunteer recruitment, engagement and retention.  To view the report please click here.

CLO: Hands On, Skills Up! Research Report on Employment Related Experiential Learning in LBS

Community Literacy of Ontario is pleased to release their research report on employment-related experiential learning opportunities in LBS agencies.  This report summarizes the research from their survey and key informant interviews, and shares information on the type of experiential learning offered, the benefits and challenges, supports needed, funding issues and more.  To view the report please click here.

CLO: Updated Literacy Basics Online Training Modules

Community Literacy of Ontario is pleased to announce that they have updated three of their Literacy Basics online training modules.  These modules provide you with access to tools, resources and strategies to help support your capacity in the areas of:

Contact North: New Videos and Website

Contact North invites you to review and share two newly-produced 2018 videos supporting LBS blended learning: Contact North also invites you to visit their newly-launched website.  Please click here to visit their website.

Try This...

Here are some strategies to improve your focus/manage your time (these strategies were taken from a webinar offered by the Canadian Management Centre):
  • observe your own habits - self-awareness
  • build your capacity to focus
  • develop an email checking schedule
  • don't expect instant responsiveness from others
  • turn off texting notifications
  • schedule blocks of time to focus on important tasks
  • use private work spaces to focus
  • take regular technology offline holidays
  • cultivate mindfulness
Just as your computer slows down when you get it to do more than one thing, our productivity and effectiveness is decreased when we try to do more than one thing.  But, there is an appropriate time to multi-task, such as:
  • when performing routine tasks
  • while waiting
  • when the outcome isn't critical
There are times, however, when we should not multi-task:
  • when the task requires clear focus & concentration
  • when in a hurry
  • when being distracted erodes the relationship
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