The podcasters, their programs and their projects:
Dee McRae works at the Houston
Link to Learning in Houston, British Columbia. HLL is a
community literacy organization committed to working in partnership
with individuals, families and communities to promote literacy,
offer literacy opportunities for learning, promote learner
involvement in all aspects of the society and promote and use
of plain language.
Anne Docherty works at The
Learning Shop, a storefront learning centre located in Hazelton,
British Columbia that practices informal education to promote
life long learning and active citizenship. The Learning Shop
provides simple and entertaining activities that highlight the
learning that takes place daily in all parts of our lives.
Marina Niks is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow
in the Institute of Health
Promotion Research at the University of British Columbia. She is working in projects about literacy
and health and community capacity development that involve partnerships
between the academy and community organizations and supports practitioner
researchers at RiPAL
BC (Research in Practice in Adult Literacy – British
Anne and Dee’s completed projects can be found at
RiPAL BC Research in Practice Projects: ripal.literacy.bc.ca/completed.html
Dancing in the Dark: www.nald.ca/ripal/Resourcs/dark/cover.htm
Anne is currently working on Rooting
Around in Research, a project
that is looking at the impact of getting a group of community
literacy practitioners together to reflect on their practice.
Dee is writing about the use of participatory research in a fundamental
Information about their current projects can be found at: ripal.literacy.bc.ca/progress.html
Nadine Sookermany works at Parkdale
Susan Lefebvre works at Literacy
for East Toronto at the Toronto Catholic District School Board.
Fran Zimmerman and Judi Snively work
at the St.
Christopher House Adult Literacy Program.
Literacy for East Toronto, Parkdale Project Read and the St. Christopher
House Adult Literacy Program are community-based adult literacy programs
located in downtown Toronto that provide English speaking adults
with one-to-one and small group tutoring in reading, writing, basic
math and basic computers. The programs take a critical approach
to literacy and are dedicated to creating a comfortable and accessible
learning environment where students can bring their whole self
(body, mind, emotions, spirit) to learning.
Nadine and Susan’s project can be found at: www.nald.ca/ppr/researchproject.htm
Fran and Judi are working with Pat Hatt. Some of her projects
Learning Disabilities Best Practice and Innovations
Target Literacy: A Learning Disabilities Resource Guide
Supporting and Sharing:
Best Practices in Learning Disabilities
Best Practices in Exit Assessment and Transition Planning