Past Events


Dr. Barbara Ehren honoured by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara Ehren, one of our facilitators for the AARI program, has been recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to receive the 2014 Honors of the Association.

The Honors of the Association is the highest distinction awarded by ASHA. This distinction recognizes members for distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.

To read the write up on Dr. Ehren, please vist the November 2014 issue of The ASHA Leader. Congratulations Dr. Ehren!

Presentation by Dr. Ajit Mohanty, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Dr. Mohanty is one of the leading experts in multilingual education. He has published over 120 scientific papers and books, including Social Justice through Multilingual Education with Skutnabb-Kangas, Phillipson, and Panda. He has worked with UNICEF and is the founding Director of National Multilingual Education Resource Consortium in India. 

In this talk, Dr. Mohanty will review both policy and practice lessons learned from experiments in India, and how they may be relevant to other context.

May 30, 2014
Will We Embrace, or Ignore, or Resist Disruptions?

Disruptions are happening at a very rapid pace in education. Some of these will fundamentally reshape much of what we understand the teaching and learning process to be. How we embrace, ignore, or resist these changes will impact the degree to which we will thrive in as well as survive all that will take place. We'll examine some of the exciting opportunities that are beginning to emerge on the horizon and explore the possibilities for us as educators and what we need to do to influence the changes that will be happening.

Public Lecture with Dr. Donald Deshler

June 7, 2013
Moving the Needle on Adolescent Literacy

Public Lecture with Dr. Donald Deshler

February 4, 2012
They Just Don’t Understand! Sources of Poor Reading Comprehension

Public Lecture with Dr. John Kirby (Queen’s University)

February 3, 2012
Structured Word Inquiry - Developing literacy and critical thinking skills by making sense of English spelling

Public Lecture with Peter Bowers (Queen’s University)

August 18, 2011
Prevailing Myths That Thwart Literacy Acquisition in Secondary Schools

Public Lecture with Dr. Barbara Ehren (University of Central Florida)

AARI 2011 Summer Institute

For three days in August, twenty-four secondary school teachers from across the province of Alberta gathered together to study adolescent reading at the University of Alberta. Held at Lister Conference Centre, the summer institute was the first component in the Advancing Adolescent Reading Initiative (AARI), a two-year capacity building initiative sponsored by Alberta Education (High School Completion Strategic Framework) and developed under the supervision of the JP Das Centre on Developmental and Learning Disabilities at the University of Alberta. 

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