The staff from PELC just returned from a 3 day Ontario Literacy Coalition conference in Toronto called "Spotlight on Learning: Becoming Agents of Change". The conference was funded by the Government of Canada's Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.
The conference was for Canada East, but there were people from all across Canada, including the north. It was truly an exceptional chance to network with the field and get a national feel for what's going on in literacy in Canada.
Social media and marketing were big topics and one keynote speaking in particular stood out, Rahaf Harfoush, author of "Yes, We Did: An Inside Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand". It was an incredibly fascinating hour.
Other conference workshops highlighted Essential Skills and included topics such as developing partnerships, embracing technology, learning for and at work, linking literacy and society, managing programs, marketing literacy, profiling success stories, and recognizing the profession.
Favourite quotes from the week include:
"Where you are tomorrow, depends on what you learn today."
"I want to go as far as I can, to see how far I can go."
"Within these walls, the walls within disappear."