Literacy

Tricia Persad, District Literacy Coordinator

2016-2017 Professional Development

Title: The Intensive Phonological Awareness Program Orientation

Facilitators: Lavern Butchart, Dianne Dean, Marianne Vande Pol, and Tricia Persad

Date: Sept. 21

Time: 3:15-4:45

Location: HGEC, Room 1B

Audience: Early primary teachers and LARTs

Description: On the April Pro D in Kamloops, Dr. Melanie Schuele presented on phonological awareness instruction. This workshop will provide a basic orientation to The Intensive Phonological Awareness Program she co-authored and referenced at the Pro D session. These IPA Program kits are now available in all of our elementary schools. Hooray!

This small group, play-based intervention program is intended for kindergarten (later in year) and grade 1 students who have little or no phonological awareness ability. It could also benefit grade 2 students who need support in this area. After a brief review of what is phonological awareness, we'll look at:

  • how the IPA program's four units (Rhyme, Initial Sounds, Final Sounds, Segmenting and Blending) are systematically arranged
  • program duration
  • lesson framework
  • lesson/kit supplies

Teachers will have time to try out lessons in small groups. Teachers and LARTS who used the kit in the spring are encouraged to attend and share their experiences.

Registration: Google form (now closed).

Title: Leveled Literacy Intervention Orientation

Facilitators: Jen Boyle, Lorraine Brookes, and Tricia Persad

Date: Sept. 27

Time: 3:15-4:45

Location: HGEC, Room 6

Audience: Primary teachers and LARTs in schools using LLI

Description: The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) is a small-group, supplementary intervention designed for children who need more support learning to read and write. An increasing number of our schools have these systems (or black & white versions).

This orientation workshop will introduce teachers to LLI. We'll focus on the Blue Grade 2 system, but teachers in schools with the Green Grade 1 or Red Grade 3 kits will find the information relevant. Topics include:

  • purpose and collaboration possibilities
  • how to organize guided reading groups
  • books and key components
  • alternating lesson framework
  • lesson supplies and online lesson resources

Teachers and LARTS who have used LLI in their schools or in Primary Summer Reading are encouraged to attend and share their experiences.

Registration: Google form (now closed).

Title: Primary Reading Assessment and Running Records Overview

Facilitators: Dianne Dean and Tricia Persad

Date: Sept. 21

Time: 8:30-11:30

Location: HGEC Room 3

Audience: Newer-to-primary teachers

Description: This morning in-service will focus on how to to complete running/reading records as well as how to administer and interpret district-designed protocols for the Primary Reading Assessment (updated in fall 2013). Topics include:

  • purpose
  • District Suggested Reading Levels (DRA)
  • procedure
  • MSV analysis
  • using records to identify goals and plan for instruction

Registration: Through principals.

Title: Early Primary Literacy Make & Take

Date: TBA

Time: 3:30-4:45

Location: HGEC

Audience: K/1 Teachers, LARTs

Description: Back by popular demand! Teachers will make experiential literacy stations they can use in their classrooms the very next day - all the while having fun and engaging with colleagues. All supplies are provided.

Contact Marianne Vande Pol or Tricia Persad for more information.

Registration: Google form TBA

Title: Inquiry: The Power of Pleasure and Taking Action

Facilitator: Dr. Jeffrey Wilhem

Date: Dec. 5

Time: 8:30-2:30

Location: HGEC 1A/B

Audience: Grades 4-8 teachers, Teacher-Librarians

Description: In this workshop, we'll consider the role of motivation and pleasure in promoting all reading, learning, and understanding. Then we will look at inquiry as a model of teaching and learning that promotes motivation, pleasure, and deep understanding. Considering Take Action and Issues 21 books as possible resources, we will consider the importance of both teacher and student collaboration; work to frame different inquiry units; examine lesson level inquiry unit activities; and investigate how inquiry can lead to taking a stand, making an argument, and undertaking social action. Teachers will leave with the start of an inquiry unit outline and many ideas for implementation.

Biography: Jeffrey Wilhelm is Professor of English Education at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He is a highly regarded author or co-author of 24 books about literacy and literacy education. Jeff has devoted his professional career to helping teachers help their students. He is particularly devoted to assisting students who are considered to be reluctant, struggling or at-risk. His research agenda is organized around creating supportive inquiry-oriented contexts for developing and performing literacy, literate behaviors and literate identities. His research demonstrates how inquiry environments are powerful contexts for learning literacy and achieving deep understanding.

Contact Andrea Wallin or Tricia Persad for more information.

Registration: Flyer and Google form to be distributed through school Pro D representatives.


JeffreyWilhelm_InquiryPowerofPleasure&TakingAction_Dec_5_2016.pdf

Title: TBA

Facilitator: Faye Brownlie

Date: April 24

Time: 8:30-2:30

Location: HGEC

Audience: TBA

Description: TBA

Biography: Faye Brownlie is one of BC’s most sought after literacy and learning experts. She works in staff development in BC, nationally and internationally. A long-time advocate of improved learning for all students in inclusive settings, she fervently believes in our collective ability to make a difference for each and every learner. Faye works with students and teachers from K-12 and especially enjoys co-planning, co-teaching, and reflecting on the lessons with teams of teachers. Together we are better!

Registration: Flyer and Google form to be distributed through Pro D representatives.

Title: TBA

Facilitator: Faye Brownlie

Date: May 15

Time: 8:30-2:30

Location: HGEC

Audience: TBA

Description: TBA

Biography: Faye Brownlie is one of BC’s most sought after literacy and learning experts. She works in staff development in BC, nationally and internationally. A long-time advocate of improved learning for all students in inclusive settings, she fervently believes in our collective ability to make a difference for each and every learner. Faye works with students and teachers from K-12 and especially enjoys co-planning, co-teaching, and reflecting on the lessons with teams of teachers. Together we are better!

Registration: Flyer and Google form to be distributed through Pro D representatives.

Literacy Opportunities

Title: Come Read with Me

Facilitators: Fiona Clare and Cami Klohn from Literacy in Kamloops (LinK)

Dates: Throughout school year

Location: Elementary schools

Audience: Parents/caregivers of grade 1 children

Description: Come Read with Me! is a two-hour session offered during the day. It assists with building a home-school connection by providing parents and caregivers with simple, positive strategies they can use to support their child(ren) with home-reading. Parents go home with new knowledge and a bag of materials including a new book, sight word cards, word games, foam dice, a Reading Success at Home handbook, a bookmark, and more. Interested principals should contact Literacy in Kamloops (LinK) Coordinator Fiona Clare or Cami Klohn.

See Come Read with Me page on the Literacy Resources website: http://sd73literacy.weebly.com/come-read-with-me.html

Title: Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week

Dates: January 21-28, 2017

Location: Participating schools and families

Audience: Students and families

Description: Families are encouraged to find a healthy balance regarding technology use. The idea is to reflect on technology use and disconnect somewhat from electronic devices and spend more time playing and reading together. Students in participating classes complete a "challenge" aiming to reduce or eliminate recreational screen/electronic time for one week . Many free school and community activities are offered for families to enjoy.

More information is available on the website: https://www.facebook.com/unplugandplayweek/

Title: Battle of the Books

Dates:

  • Zones - April 13, 2017
  • District - April 20, 2017

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

Audience: grades 3-7 students

Description: The Battle of the Books program was developed by School District librarians to encourage and to recognize students who enjoy reading and to broaden reading interests. As many as 30 elementary schools participate in Zone and District Battles, with the winners being every student who has become a veracious reader. More information is available on Battle of the Books website page: http://www3.sd73.bc.ca/general/content/battle-books

Title: Young Authors' Conference

Date: May 5, 2017

Time: Full day

Location: TRU Clock Tower

Audience: grades 4-12 students

Description: The Young Authors' Conference is for aspiring young writers. It is a day when creative writing is celebrated as a joyful and rewarding art. Over 150 grades 4-12 students attend engaging workshops facilitated by published writers, develop their writing skills and confidence, and collaborate with peers.

See the Young Authors’ Conference website for more information: http://sd73youngauthors.weebly.com/

Title: Bright Red Book Bus

Dates: July and August

Location: Several Kamloops schools and parks

Audience: Elementary-aged children and families

Description: Reading in the summer is important. Families are encouraged to visit the bus and have fun reading together. Children may choose one book to keep.

More information is available on the website: https://www.facebook.com/brightredbookbus/