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Literacy Definitos

Literacy Definitions

Academic Literacy (Literacy and Numeracy)

"Literacy is the ability to understand, critically analyze, and create various forms of communication, including oral, written, visual, digital, and multimedia, to accomplish one’s goals.

 

Numeracy Is the ability to understand and apply mathematical concepts, processes, and skills to solve problems in various contexts."

School District 23, 2023

Children's Literacy

Literacy is the foundation upon which we learn and grow. Building literacy skills in children is one of the most effective ways to ensure they can achieve their full potential in school and throughout life. Literacy opens doors to understanding, empathy, critical thinking, and the capacity for lifelong learning.

Children’s Literacy.ca


Pandemic disruptions in children’s learning are forecast to cause a 30% increase in socioeconomic skills gaps. Approximately 25 percent of Grade 3 children in Canada are not reading at grade level.

Université du Québec à Montréal

Community Literacy

Literacy involves a continuum of learning enabling individuals to achieve their goals, develop their knowledge and potential, and participate fully in their community and broader society (UNESCO, 2021).

Cultural Literacy

Cultural literacy is understanding the traditions, regular activities and history of a group of people from a given culture. It includes the capacity to engage with these traditions, activities and history in cultural spaces. Culture is how a group of people lives. It includes their language, arts, science, beliefs and practices, and understanding of their environment. (ABC Life Literacy Canada, 2023)

Digital Literacy

Literacy involves a continuum of learning enabling individuals to achieve their goals, develop their knowledge and potential, and participate fully in their community and broader society (UNESCO, 2021).

Family Literacy

Family literacy refers to how parents, children, and extended family members use literacy at home and in the community. It occurs naturally during the routines of daily life and helps children and adults get things done.

(Hayden & Sanders, 2017)

Current Community Programming

Current Community Programming

Kelowna
  • One to One Adult Tutoring Program: provides English and Math tutoring for over 200 refugees, immigrants, low-income adults.
     

  • One-to-one Reading Program: provided in five Kelowna schools.
     

  • Digital Literacy Program: for seniors 65 or older who want to improve their digital literacy skills. Project Literacy helps with using computers, laptops and tablets, mobile devices, social media, emails, spam and fraud awareness, and virus prevention. One-to-one tutoring where seniors will be matched with a tutor to assist them with their digital learning goals.
     

  • Children’s Summer Reading Program: provided in July and August each year at the Central Okanagan Family Hub.
     

  • Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters (IPALS): Provides literacy support for immigrant parents and their preschool-age children. This is a four-week intensive literacy program for new immigrants and their children.

  • Storywalk: Children’s books are displayed page by page at the park (with permission from the authors and publishers). They promote the enjoyment of reading, outdoor physical movement, and parent-child interaction. Storywalks are coordinated through the Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership Group.

West Kelowna
  • One to One Reading Program: provided in certain schools. Inn partnership with SD23 Students read with their ONE-TO-ONE tutors twice a week for 30 minutes during school hours. Focus on relationship-building with each student to provide individualized literacy skills. Students often develop self-confidence by prioritizing fluency and reading for meaning. The program has a 96% success rate for literacy improvement.

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