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>From Workforce3One, a Webinar Invitation
"Linking Youth to Employment and Education through Community Service"
Service learning opportunities can promote students' academic
achievement, build their self-confidence and self-esteem, and teach them
technical and soft skills that will benefit them in the workforce.
Research suggests that well-designed service learning programs can boost
student attendance in school and develop students' sense of social and
personal responsibility; in particular, community service involvement
can help re-engage disconnected youth in their schools and communities.
This Webinar will discuss the benefits and challenges of incorporating
service learning into systems of multiple education pathways and other
initiatives to connect youth to education and the workforce.
>From the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) http://www.cal.org/caela
"Effects of Instructional Hours and Intensity of Instruction on NRS
Level Gain in Listening and Speaking"
This digest reports on a descriptive study examining the relationship
between student performance on BEST Plus and NRS level gain and class
attendance. BEST Plus pretest and posttest data for nearly 7,000
examinees were analyzed to see how their performance at each National
Reporting System (NRS) educational functioning level varied according to
number of instructional hours and intensity of instruction. Results
showed that across all NRS educational functioning levels, the greater
the number of instructional hours, the higher the percentage of students
who made an NRS level gain. There was also a general trend toward
greater NRS level gain for students with high levels of instructional
intensity than for those with low instructional intensity. Intensity of
instruction had the greatest impact on students at the Beginning ESL
Literacy, Low Intermediate ESL, and Advanced ESL levels.
>From CPRN (Canadian Policy Research Networks) http://www.cprn.org
"Labour Force Ageing and Skill Shortages in Canada and Ontario"
The authors (Martin Cooke, Rob Downie, Julie Ann McMullin)
review the demographic data, examine the age structures and retirement
ages of different industries and occupations, isolate the relationship
between skills shortages and labour force ageing and assess the impact
of workforce ageing relative to a number of other factors that affect
skill shortages. Finally, they investigate four "cases" in Ontario -
nursing, information technology, skilled trades in manufacturing, and
the biotechnology sector.
"Making Work Pay"
This CPRN policy brief posits that Canadians believe that anyone
who works full-time should be able to live decently, and that Canada has
failed as a society to achieve this. The brief defines the situation
and proposes a mix of policy changes to help remedy the situation.
>From the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) http://www.epi.org/
Updated CBO data reveal unprecedented increase in inequality
New high-quality data from the Congressional Budget Office reveal
an historical sharp increase in household income inequality over the
past few years. The increase in income concentration among the rich in
the 2003-05 period has been the largest on record, and has resulted in a
transfer of $400 billion from households in the bottom 95% of the income
scale to those in the top 5%.
Brought to our attention by Literacy Works (New Zealand)
Making Math Concrete (and Iron, and Plastic...) Numeracy and the
This interview with Canadian Sue Grecki details the research project
exploring numeracy in a variety of construction trades training
The Problem Solver
This maths newsletter from SABES in Massachusetts contains some
interesting reflection on teaching maths to adults.
Building the Collaborative Workplace (US)
These three US resources (participant's material, instructor's material,
and overheads) are aimed particularly at Hispanic workers to support
training in Lean Manufacturing (known in New Zealand as Competitive
Manufacturing). [note from Donna: You must register to access the
workforce3one materials, but registration is free.]
Building the Collaborative Workforce - Instructor's Edition
Building the Collaborative Workforce - Participant's Guide
Building the Collaborative Workforce - PowerPoint Presentation
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