Connecting Practice and Research: Addressing Challenges Facing Adult Literacy Learners & Practitioners
In the current climate of prescriptive program outcomes and accountability measures adult literacy learners and practitioners face increasing challenges to their teaching and learning relationship. The withdrawal of federal funding has led to the closure of many national and provincial literacy organizations, virtually eliminating networks and repositories of practice-based expertise and learner engagement in policy activism and program decision-making. The redistribution of labour market agreements between federal and provincial governments to a more restrictive Canada Job Grant program has increased barriers for people to get into programs. What does this all mean to those who work and learn in adult literacy education? We’ll hear stories from the field as the starting point to connect practice and research through an active participatory day of dialogue. For researchers, practitioners and learners interested in social justice, participatory democracy, and policy dialogue in relation to adult literacy, this is a great opportunity to explore possibilities for participatory research and community development projects.
The Festival of Literacies is a full-day event planned for twice a year, hosted by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. We invite practitioners and researchers to join us for discussions and stories. We hope that we can create and renew connections between research and practice and begin new initiatives.
Mary Brehaut at Parkdale Project Read gave us a great summary on the Festival: "The Festival of Literacies was a really interesting group at OISE - funded to bring together literacy practitioners and academics to discuss pedagogy and research related to literacy and adult learning. These gatherings in the 7th floor Peace Lounge were well attended, lively discussions - spaces for practitioners to get together and talk about the work we do and how it's connected to research and the bigger picture. These gatherings have been sorely missed - so this initiative is really exciting."
Please register for your FREE ticket to the Festival. Breakfast and light lunch will be provided.
The Festival of Literacies is currently organized by a group of graduate students involved in and dedicated to adult literacy education and social justice.
Thanks to the funding support from the Centre of Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW) and the Department Students Association of the Leadership, Higher and Adult Education department (LHAE DSA) at OISE/UT, this event can be offered free-of-charge to all participants. We also thank all the community and academic partners for their help in organizing and promoting this event.
Festival of Literacies - Friday November 11, 2016 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM