“HOW DO YOU RAISE THE LITERACYLEVELS OF AN ENTIRE PROVINCE?”THE SARN STORY: 2008-2013”Saskatchewan Action Research Network...
A Statistical Picture ofLiteracy in Canada 43% ofCanadiansLimitedLiteracy53% LimitedLiteracy(levels 1 & 2)Sask. = 40%Limit...
International Adult Literacy Surveys1994 &2003• OECD & Statistics Canada• Some 40 nations now involved• Five levels of pro...
International Adult Literacy Surveys(1994  2003)• No significant change in 10 years . . .• Some improvement at Level One ...
ADULT LITERACY & BASICEDUCATIONCHALLENGESINCANADA & SASKATCHEWAN
SOME OF THE DELIVERY CHALLENGESOnly approx. 10% eligible for sponsored programscome to basic education in Canada (& U.S.A...
URBANSIASTRURAL AND “RURBAN”COLLEGES, GDI, SIIT, SALNCBO’S AND NON-PROFITs:RPL, READ SASKATOON, UofR Life Learning,Food Ba...
DELIVERY CHALLENGES• Basements state of the art classrooms• Multiple grant structures and reporting systems• Literacy/BE m...
SOME OF THE SASKINSTRUCTIONAL CHALLENGES• Huge diversity in instructors’ training &experience (PhD -> HS)• Huge job securi...
How do you raise the skills, theprofessionalism, and effectivelycombine the efforts of so many acrossthe “adult basic educ...
THREE NECESSARY THRUSTSLITERACY &BASICEDUCATIONENABLING POLICIES“PROFESSIONAL WISDOM” CATALYST FOR CHANGE
#1. ENABLING POLICIES ANDRESOURCESTOP DOWN• Leadership & vision• Policies that signal commitment• Enabling Resources• Mini...
#2 BOTTOM UP“Professional Wisdom”Practitioners’ willingness to innovate andsharePractitioners’ willing to “adapt-adopt”pro...
3) “Building Across” (Catalyst)Creating & sharing evidence-based Research• Sharing questions in workshops and sharing find...
Saskatchewan Action Research Network (SARN)is the name of our province’sgrowing literacy & basic educationprof’ developmen...
International movement is Research-in-Practice“Action Research”is the actual research method mostused by practitioners in ...
PRACTITIONERS AREIDENTIFYING, RESEARCHING ANDSHARING“I am doing what I have always done, justnot . . .• with others,• I ne...
HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OFLITERACY/BASIC EDUCATIONISSUES IDENTIFIED ANDADDRESSED THROUGH THESASKATCHEWAN ACTIONRESEARCH NE...
SEE FULL REPORTS ONTHE SASKATCHEWAN ACTIONRESEARCH NETWORK WEBSITE(WWW.SARN.CA)
• Investigating the Effects of Issuing LateSlips, Andrew Quackenbush, 2011“How will encouraging students to reflect onthei...
• Improving Retention Rates in an Basic EducationEvening Math Prep Course. Jennifer Bain, 2009“Would using e-mail to build...
• Negotiating Relationship and the SpacesBetween:Building Attendance in an AdultEducation Program. Kristi Yarshenko, 2010“...
Categories of Practitioner Reports(Approx. 35 reports)A. Addressing Issues of Dropout, “Lates,” andLow AttendanceB. Explor...
OUR STORY ...Very briefly
Our story– One workshop in 2003It could have died then . .
The Funding Years:Practitioners Trained Since 2008• Year one: 2008 – 2009: “Getting Started• 12 participants at Saskatoon ...
Saskatchewan Action ResearchNetwork (WWW.SARN.CA)• As of today = 164 TRAINED• About 50 working with Aboriginal learners• 1...
AND TODAY
• Three college campuses (Great Plains + SERC +Cumberland College)• Two SIAST campuses (Wascana + Woodland)• Saskatchewan ...
• OUR WEBSITE LOOKS LIKE THIS .......READ ON 
SARN HAS CONDUCTED ANNUALpresentations atSLN/SABEA/COLLEGES conferences2013 SABEA CONFERENCE POSTERPRESENTATION SESSION
SABEA 2013
BULA GHOSH – GREAT PLAINS
CUMBERLAND COLLEGE ....MELFORTAPRIL 8, 2013
“THINKING IN A RESEARCH WAY”DEALING WITH DROPOUTAllan Quigley, Ed.D.Cumberland CollegeApril 8, 2013
Cumberland College Melfort
Cumberland College Melfort
Whythe SASKATCHEWANACTION RESEARCHNETWORK?
WE ARE RAISING THE LEVELS OFPRACTITIONERPROFESSIONALISM,AT A COMPARATIVELYLOW TRAINING COSTAND, BY DOING SO, WE AREHELPING...
THE FUTURE?• Engage other literacy/BE groups—ESLSASK, NON-PROFIT OUTREACH CBO’s• Build more distance-connected support• Bu...
• Co-sponsor guest speaker(s) withSABEA, SLN or Colleges (?)• Publish in professional journals• Build Webinars & Blog dial...
IN CLOSINGTHE FUTURE?• CONTINUE TO BUILD A STRONGER“CULTURE OF INQUIRY” FOR ADULTLITERACY AND BASIC EDUCATIONAND BEYOND ??
LOOKING AHEAD....Hoping to receive a SARN grant next year .Interested in a one-day PD workshop?Host cost-shares (50%-50%) ...
Interested in a Saskatchewantraining workshop?Always glad to hear from you
The sarn story posted on website april 2013 (1)
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    1. 1. “HOW DO YOU RAISE THE LITERACYLEVELS OF AN ENTIRE PROVINCE?”THE SARN STORY: 2008-2013”Saskatchewan Action Research NetworkWWW.SARN.CADr. Allan Quigley, Ed.D
    2. 2. A Statistical Picture ofLiteracy in Canada 43% ofCanadiansLimitedLiteracy53% LimitedLiteracy(levels 1 & 2)Sask. = 40%LimitedLiteracy(levels 1 & 2)
    3. 3. International Adult Literacy Surveys1994 &2003• OECD & Statistics Canada• Some 40 nations now involved• Five levels of prose, document, numeracy• Those below Level 3 are the main targetgroup for purposes of Work Force Skills
    4. 4. International Adult Literacy Surveys(1994  2003)• No significant change in 10 years . . .• Some improvement at Level One (lowestlevel) in Sask and Yukon• In Sask approx. 40% adults below level 3• Aboriginal Adult Literacy AssessmentTool challenges some of the findings
    5. 5. ADULT LITERACY & BASICEDUCATIONCHALLENGESINCANADA & SASKATCHEWAN
    6. 6. SOME OF THE DELIVERY CHALLENGESOnly approx. 10% eligible for sponsored programscome to basic education in Canada (& U.S.A.) Over 65% drop out/stop out in some Cdn regions.Approx. 40% average attrition rates in Sask ABEbetween 2005 -> 2008 (AEEI) ...Saskatchewan Silo Syndrome ....
    7. 7. URBANSIASTRURAL AND “RURBAN”COLLEGES, GDI, SIIT, SALNCBO’S AND NON-PROFITs:RPL, READ SASKATOON, UofR Life Learning,Food Banks, Corrections,Regina School Board, Radius Saskatoon...
    8. 8. DELIVERY CHALLENGES• Basements state of the art classrooms• Multiple grant structures and reporting systems• Literacy/BE more complex than k-12 or most P-S
    9. 9. SOME OF THE SASKINSTRUCTIONAL CHALLENGES• Huge diversity in instructors’ training &experience (PhD -> HS)• Huge job security, salary, & work conditiondisparities across the wide range of systems• Staff turn over issues ......
    10. 10. How do you raise the skills, theprofessionalism, and effectivelycombine the efforts of so many acrossthe “adult basic education world”to address pervasive low literacyin Saskatchewan?Especially in a time of scarceresources?
    11. 11. THREE NECESSARY THRUSTSLITERACY &BASICEDUCATIONENABLING POLICIES“PROFESSIONAL WISDOM” CATALYST FOR CHANGE
    12. 12. #1. ENABLING POLICIES ANDRESOURCESTOP DOWN• Leadership & vision• Policies that signal commitment• Enabling Resources• Ministry of the Economy• Adult Educational Institutions• OLES• Academic Community
    13. 13. #2 BOTTOM UP“Professional Wisdom”Practitioners’ willingness to innovate andsharePractitioners’ willing to “adapt-adopt”promising practices ... Take risksEducational institutions willing toencourage application of new ideas.
    14. 14. 3) “Building Across” (Catalyst)Creating & sharing evidence-based Research• Sharing questions in workshops and sharing findings onour SARN & linked Websites• Engaging mentors with individuals/groups in face-to-faceand/or distance learning•Building dialogue on SARN Blog/discussion circles within &across institutions and systemsSARN
    15. 15. Saskatchewan Action Research Network (SARN)is the name of our province’sgrowing literacy & basic educationprof’ development movement.Thanks to funding from theMinistry of theEconomy, SARN is nowSARN is in its 5th yearsarn
    16. 16. International movement is Research-in-Practice“Action Research”is the actual research method mostused by practitioners in literacy/BEin Canada, U.S., U.K. Australia . . .The “Alphabet Soup”
    17. 17. PRACTITIONERS AREIDENTIFYING, RESEARCHING ANDSHARING“I am doing what I have always done, justnot . . .• with others,• I never collected data before,• I usually didn’t try to share what Ilearned before.”
    18. 18. HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OFLITERACY/BASIC EDUCATIONISSUES IDENTIFIED ANDADDRESSED THROUGH THESASKATCHEWAN ACTIONRESEARCH NETWORK
    19. 19. SEE FULL REPORTS ONTHE SASKATCHEWAN ACTIONRESEARCH NETWORK WEBSITE(WWW.SARN.CA)
    20. 20. • Investigating the Effects of Issuing LateSlips, Andrew Quackenbush, 2011“How will encouraging students to reflect ontheir reasons for being late affect thefrequency of arriving late for class?”• Northlands College, Eastern Region StudyGroup, 2003“Would including food preparation and/orsharing food within the class keep students inclass longer?”
    21. 21. • Improving Retention Rates in an Basic EducationEvening Math Prep Course. Jennifer Bain, 2009“Would using e-mail to build a sense ofcommunity among BE students improveretention rates by 10%?”• Improving Retention Rates During the FirstThree Weeks of an Adult Basic EducationProgram at Onion Lake. Jacqueline Bruce, 2009“If I improve the social environment of theclassroom, will the number of students whocomplete the first three weeks increase?”
    22. 22. • Negotiating Relationship and the SpacesBetween:Building Attendance in an AdultEducation Program. Kristi Yarshenko, 2010“How might increased personal communicationbetween instructor and students affectattendance in an Adult Basic Educationprogram?”• Reduction of Class Time Lost Due to MorningLateness. Shannon King, & Anna Fish, 2011“Would the use of a morning sign-in sheetchange student lateness patterns?”
    23. 23. Categories of Practitioner Reports(Approx. 35 reports)A. Addressing Issues of Dropout, “Lates,” andLow AttendanceB. Exploring Innovative Teaching StrategiesC. Increasing Learner Community InvolvementD. Focus on Aboriginal Literacy IssuesE. Focus on Adult Learners of English as anAdditional Language IssuesF. Practitioner Professional Development
    24. 24. OUR STORY ...Very briefly
    25. 25. Our story– One workshop in 2003It could have died then . .
    26. 26. The Funding Years:Practitioners Trained Since 2008• Year one: 2008 – 2009: “Getting Started• 12 participants at Saskatoon Workshop• Including 2 working with Aboriginal learners(Onion Lake & SIIT)• Training materials developed• Presentations at conferences (SLN & SABEA)
    27. 27. Saskatchewan Action ResearchNetwork (WWW.SARN.CA)• As of today = 164 TRAINED• About 50 working with Aboriginal learners• 10 Mentors trained for outreach support• Discussion Circle technology for on-goinggroup work
    28. 28. AND TODAY
    29. 29. • Three college campuses (Great Plains + SERC +Cumberland College)• Two SIAST campuses (Wascana + Woodland)• Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT)• SARN Website with active blog in place(WWW.SARN)• Articles in SIAST newsletter, AESA newsletter, andEssential Skills ON.
    30. 30. • OUR WEBSITE LOOKS LIKE THIS .......READ ON 
    31. 31. SARN HAS CONDUCTED ANNUALpresentations atSLN/SABEA/COLLEGES conferences2013 SABEA CONFERENCE POSTERPRESENTATION SESSION
    32. 32. SABEA 2013
    33. 33. BULA GHOSH – GREAT PLAINS
    34. 34. CUMBERLAND COLLEGE ....MELFORTAPRIL 8, 2013
    35. 35. “THINKING IN A RESEARCH WAY”DEALING WITH DROPOUTAllan Quigley, Ed.D.Cumberland CollegeApril 8, 2013
    36. 36. Cumberland College Melfort
    37. 37. Cumberland College Melfort
    38. 38. Whythe SASKATCHEWANACTION RESEARCHNETWORK?
    39. 39. WE ARE RAISING THE LEVELS OFPRACTITIONERPROFESSIONALISM,AT A COMPARATIVELYLOW TRAINING COSTAND, BY DOING SO, WE AREHELPING RAISE LITERACY LEVELSFOR A BETTER SASKATCHEWAN
    40. 40. THE FUTURE?• Engage other literacy/BE groups—ESLSASK, NON-PROFIT OUTREACH CBO’s• Build more distance-connected support• Build multiple-campus model & increasedcross-system workshops• Move beyond Basic Ed totrades, technology, health training with adultlearners ... ??
    41. 41. • Co-sponsor guest speaker(s) withSABEA, SLN or Colleges (?)• Publish in professional journals• Build Webinars & Blog dialogueacross Sask and with otherprovinces/states/countries
    42. 42. IN CLOSINGTHE FUTURE?• CONTINUE TO BUILD A STRONGER“CULTURE OF INQUIRY” FOR ADULTLITERACY AND BASIC EDUCATIONAND BEYOND ??
    43. 43. LOOKING AHEAD....Hoping to receive a SARN grant next year .Interested in a one-day PD workshop?Host cost-shares (50%-50%) with SARN1. Identifying actual teaching issues2. Developing systematic action plans3. Getting follow-up help from Mentors and/oruse the Discussion Circles4. Posting findings on the SARN Website. .
    44. 44. Interested in a Saskatchewantraining workshop?Always glad to hear from you

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