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Apply now for the PGI Learner Achievement Tribute Award. The deadline to apply is May 31.

January 27, 2010, was Family Literacy Day

Literacy BC has moved offices

The Westcoast Reader, a newspaper for adults learning to read, presents The Best of the Reader, a website with many ebooks and teacher resources.

Watch "Literacy Yarn" to find out why knitting is a good metaphor for literacy.

Data Angel Report: Addressing Canada's Literacy Challenge, A Cost-Benefit Analysis (PDF)

New Guidebook: Learning Together: A Guide to Community-Based Adult ESL _ Literacy in British Columbia (PDF)

Literacy _ Beyond raises $33,000 for Literacy BC

Literacy BC's 2008/09 Annual Report is now online (PDF).

New TD Bank Report: Helping Newcomers Unlock Their Potential (PDF)

Listen to Barbara Adler's poem, "Florence"

Report: Canada's Hidden Deficit: the Social Cost of Low Literacy Skills

Visit for resources to help youth overcome literacy challenges

Literacy BC sponsors and engages in extensive research to support effective literacy provision and responsive policymaking.

Here, you can access many of the resulting publications, or read about some of our research projects and partnerships. Contact our
Resource Centre to learn more or to borrow publications.

We also publish training and orientation resouces, news bulletins and an Annual Report.

Dr. Jenny Horsman
Dr. Jenny Horsman has created a series of six information sheets for teachers about violence and learning. Dr. Horsman is an educator and researcher based in Toronto, whose work focuses on the impact of violence on learning.

Literacy BC Fall  2009 E-Bulletin
Read our latest e-Bulletin - all the literacy news from around BC (PDF). Sign up for the e-Bulletin here or visit the archives here.
Learning Together: A Guide to Community-Based Adult ESL _ Literacy in BC
A guide to community-based adult ESL and literacy in British Columbia (PDF).

Learning Without Borders
Navigate the complexities of community-based adult literacy in BC. We survey its history, explain some of the challenges, and introduce the perspective of adult learners. Includes summary of research reports that are valuable for a full understanding of adult literacy today (PDF).
Helping Communities Bloom
Your accessible guide to what family literacy is all about, and how to get a program going. Includes the BC Statements of Standards and Best Practices in Family Literacy (PDF).

Its Own Reward
Your indispensable guide to community-based adult literacy volunteer tutor programs. Written by Judy Brooks (PDF).
Now I Get It!
Report on the National Youth Literacy Demonstration Project, facilitated and researched by Literacy BC in partnership with Surrey School District. A comprehensive approach to building literacy skills, academic knowledge and the behaviours required to succeed in school and in life (PDF).

Focused on Practice
This national study was designed to learn about people's experiences of and interest in research in practice in adult literacy so that a framework to support practitioner research could be created (PDF).
From the Ground Up
A three-year research-in-practice project to produce a system of outcome-oriented evaluation of community adult literacy programs that is useful to practitioners and learners as well as funders and policy-makers, flexible enough to accommodate the diversity among literacy programs, and rigorous in its approach to outcomes assessment (PDF).

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A grass roots network of individuals and organizations committed to research in practice in adult literacy in BC. We support research-related professional development among BC practitioners, promote research in practice, and create opportunities for practitioners to participate.

The Big Picture Up Close
Outcomes of a province-wide consultation on literacy and learning in BC (2002) (PDF).

A Quick Guide to the Community Literacy Benchmarks

It guided me back to learning: A Longitudinal Study of Calls to the Literacy BC Helpline

Patterns of participation in Canadian Literacy and Upgrading Program (co-authored with ABC Canada)

What makes an effective instructor?

Literacy and technology (PDF)


Literacy BC Annual Report 2008/09
Read Literacy BC's 2008/09 Annual Report (PDF). Click here to see previous years' reports.