With generous funding support from the Saskatchewan Community Initiatives Fund, the Saskatchewan Literacy Network is pleased to announce the Northern Family Literacy Training Support Program.
We are looking for four northern Saskatchewan community teams of up to four people each to participate in a 3-day training opportunity from May 15th to 17th, 2018 in Air Ronge, SK, at the Pahkisimon Nuye?áh Library System (PNLS) Headquarters. After the training, participants receive ongoing support in creating or enhancing family literacy programming to add to the strengths in their community.
Each team from your northern Saskatchewan community should be made up of people who
· enjoy working with families and their children;
· have some experience working with parents or caregivers in education or community environments;
· are interested in learning new ways to engage families;
· have demonstrated an appreciation for lifelong learning;
· are available to attend the entire 3-days of training and participate in follow-up conversations with the SLN;
· are prepared to commit, as a team, to use the knowledge from the 3-day training to offer (new or enhanced) family literacy programs or events in your community.
We will select 4 teams of up to 4 people per northern community (up to 16 people total at the training) to attend the Northern Family Literacy Training Support Program (NFLTSP). The focus will on be on people who work with families in various capacities. A community team may consist of individuals from the same or different organizations delivering services to families in their northern Saskatchewan community.
What is Family Literacy?
Family literacy refers to the intergenerational learning that takes place within the family. Family members use language and literacy skills to learn, play, and work together in their home and community. Family literacy focuses on the role of parents and caregivers as a child’s first teacher. This powerful influence fosters language development, and the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical growth of each child. Everyday life brings opportunities for learning together. Family literacy activities help families build relationships, gain skills, accomplish work and participate in their communities. You can find more information and resources on family literacy here.
· Tuesday, May 15th from 9:00am to 4:00pm: Introduction to Family Literacy Workshop
· Wednesday, May 16th from 9:00am to 4:00pm: Storysacks Facilitator Training
· Thursday, May 17th from 9:00am to 2:00pm: Engaging Children and Families in Learning Fun
Outcomes of the NFLTSP include
· increased capacity for communities to develop and deliver quality family literacy programs;
· families have increased opportunities to access programming that encourages parents and caregivers in their role as their child’s most important teacher;
· quality family literacy programs that strengthen bonds and relationships in the family through shared learning experiences;
· participants gain confidence to help families engage with schools, libraries, and other organizations.
· the knowledge and skill you develop during this training will help you deliver effective, strength-based, family literacy workshops in your community.
What expenses will be covered for accepted applicants?
Thanks to funding from Saskatchewan Community Initiatives Fund,
· there is no registration fee for this training;
· accepted training participants will receive support for mileage, meals, and accommodations arranged by the SLN and at rates determined by the SLN. No other expenses will be covered;
· lunch will be provided during the training;
· breakfasts and suppers are on your own during the three training days. Support for these meals will be provided;
· training materials and resources will be provided.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying, please send the following to the Saskatchewan Literacy Network:
· NFLTSP Call for Applications 2018 - Fillable PDF (2 pages at end of document).
· One letter of reference (for example from the community organization or band office where the family literacy programming will take place).
Deadline for applications: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 at 11:59 pm.
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applications which are completed in full will be considered by the adjudication committee. Accepted applicants will be notified by Thursday, April 5th, 2018.
Apply by email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR apply by fax: 1-306-651-7287.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Thanks again to the Saskatchewan Community Initiatives for their support of this Program, and to the Pahkisimon Nuye?áh Library System (PNLS) Headquarters for partnering with us to deliver this training.