Agencies and organizations in Employment Ontario's Literacy and Basic Skills Program have a cooperative relationship that encourages sharing and promotion of effective field development products and resources. Check the links below to explore more options for LBS professional development.
Community Literacy of Ontario (CLO) is the LBS support organization for Ontario's community-based literacy agencies. CLO has developed a free, self-directed, online training website called “Literacy Basics” which contains many user-friendly training modules for LBS program coordinators and instructors. Some CLO’s online modules include: Learner Recruitment; Learner Retention; Assessment; Instructional Strategies; Self-Management; Exit and Follow-up; Program Evaluation; Volunteer Management; Employment Ontario; Strategic Planning; CIPMS; and Essential Skills.
Laubach Literacy of Ontario represents a network of community-based literacy programs that use the services of volunteer tutors and trainers to provide one-to-one instruction for adults wishing to improve basic reading, writing, and math skills. To ensure quality instruction, Laubach-certified trainers provide initial and ongoing professional training for new and experienced volunteer tutors.
Teacher of Adults: Literacy Educator Certificate Program
Several colleges throughout Ontario offer the Teacher of Adults: Literacy Educator Certificate Program online. The requirements for this certificate include course work and a field placement component. In addition to one elective, students complete five required courses: The Adult Literacy Learner, Assessing and Evaluation Literacy Learning, Planning for Literacy Learning, Foundational Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy Instruction, and Applied Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy Instruction.