Bright Futures - Setting Foundations for Literacy (Edmonton)

Wednesday, April 15 2020, 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM [MST]

11834, Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB, T5G 3J5, Canada

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Wednesday, April 15 2020, 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM [MST]

About the Event

Bright Futures - Setting Foundations for Literacy  is a one-day conference hosted by the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery in Edmonton, Alberta on April 15th, 2020

This learning event is for Primary Educators, Kindergarten and Early Years Educators, Reading Recovery Teachers, Administrators and anyone interested in the development of young readers and writers.  You will leave the day with many new ideas and tools that you can use right away.  

This research-based professional development opportunity for educators is respected and appreciated as the place for tools to enable the highest quality literacy instruction for all students. Workshops are led by local and national literacy experts.  These sessions focus on best instructional practices in the areas of: reading, writing, literacy coaching, oral language, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, word study, phonemic awareness, differentiated instruction, strategies for struggling readers, assessment, diverse learners, and more.

Ruth Culham, the author of 6+1 Traits of Writing will be the keynote speaker and will also host a workshop.  She will talk about mentor texts, teaching writing and the connection between reading and writing.  We will also have 6 concurrent workshops to choose from, led by literacy experts who will leave you with useful tools that can be applied immediately to your classroom - workshops are being confirmed now.  A dynamic closing keynote speaker is being determined.  A small exhibition of publishers and classroom materials will be available for you to review materials and make purchases for yourself or your classroom. 

This event will take place at the Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre with plenty of free parking, wifi, lunch and refreshments.

This is a professional development experience you will not want to miss!  The Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery has been providing the best professional learning for primary educators for over 20 years.  This is the first time providing professional development in Edmonton!   Register early to catch the early bird registration rate and save $34

 

Cancellation policy

We know that things come up and your plans to attend this one-day workshop may change. 

You are welcome to transfer your registration to another person - please send an email to Donna Jean (donnajean@rrcanada.org) or call 416-908-7711.  This will ensure that we know who is attending so they have a nametag and any dietary needs. There is no charge to transfer your registration to someone else. 

To cancel your registration, you will receive a refund less a $50 admin fee.  Cancellations received less than one week prior to the event will not be refunded.  

Please note, in the event of harsh weather on the day of the conference we will make every attempt to go ahead with the conference.  If roads are closed and impassable such that you cannot get to the conference we will provide a credit to a future conference, less the $50 admin fee.

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About the Organizer

Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery (CIRR) is the convenor of Reading Recovery in Canada. CIRR is responsible for all aspects of the implementation of Reading Recovery in schools across Canada. We are an organization passionate about early literacy and the power of one-on-one intervention to help the children struggling the most to learn to read and write. We provide superior professional development to early years educators in the areas of reading, writing, oral language and instruction.

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Event Speakers

Marian Thompson
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Marian Thompson is a Literacy Consultant and Reading Recovery Teacher Leader with Edmonton Public Schools. Marian has many years of experience as a classroom teacher and has a focus on formal literacy interventions at both early and middle years; however, her passion is Reading Recovery and working with teachers of students at an emergent literacy level.

Laura MacKinnon
Curriculum and Resource Consultant

Laura MacKinnon is a consultant in Curriculum and Resource Support and whose main focus is in Literacy and Literacy Interventions. Laura is also a Reading Specialist and has experience conducting academic assessments providing programming recommendations for students. Her classroom experience includes Kindergarten, Division I, Division II, combined grades and Learning Strategies.

Jamie Reilly
Kindergarten Consultant in Curriculum and Resource Support

Jamie Reilly is a Kindergarten Consultant in Curriculum and Resource Support with Edmonton Public Schools. Recognized for her success in developing and implementing student centered, inquiry based learning within Division 1, she continuously aligns her practice with current research and best practices around literacy and numeracy. Jamie is passionate about capitalizing on each student’s strengths and interests through a student-led, holistic approach to teaching and learning. A leader within her district, Jamie believes in creating a culture of risk-taking by familiarizing colleagues with different concepts to inspire a growth mindset. She works and plays with students and educators from different backgrounds, and has become an advocate for building a community of shared intent and emerging play-based pedagogy.

Sue Stephenson
Curriculum and Resource Support Consultant

Throughout her 37 year teaching career, Sue Stephenson has viewed teaching as learning for herself as well as her students. She has approached her career in this way to ensure that she can ably differentiate for all students. Sue has extensive knowledge in literacy, new curriculum, teaching and learning for conceptual understanding, formative and summative assessment and high impact instructional approaches. As a consultant with Edmonton Public Schools, Sue has developed and shared professional development sessions, online learning modules and videos to support teachers and administrators. Sue has a passion for literacy teaching and learning and a desire to provide the best learning/teaching environments for all students and teachers. She is excited to share her knowledge and processes with you!

Joyce Yaskowich
Literacy Consultant

Joyce Yaskowich is a literacy consultant with Edmonton Public Schools. Her background includes Reading Recovery and Leveled Literacy Intervention as well as Reading and Writing Workshop. Joyce is passionate about instructional methods which support the measurable growth of engaged and independent readers within our increasingly complex classrooms.

Lynn Farrugia
ESL Program Coordinator

Lynn Farrugia is an ESL Program Coordinator with the Edmonton Public School Board. She is in her 34th year as an educator and has taught primarily in the elementary grades. Other areas of experience and interest include: early childhood education and multicultural children’s literature. Lynn is one of the Principal writers of: Working with Karen Immigrant Students: Teacher Resources and was a contributor to Promoting Success with Arab Immigrant Students: Teacher Resources both published by the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation.

Ruth Culham
Author and Teacher

Ruth Culham, EdD, has written more than forty professional resources illuminating both writing and the reading-writing connection. Her recent book, The Writing Thief, has helped teachers find “right now” children’s books and everyday texts to use as mentor texts. Dream Wakers expands and complements this work by delving into books that focus on Latino culture and life as mentor texts for writing. Her newest, Teach Writing Well, enhances teachers' understanding of writing education by delving into a two-part approach: read the writing and teach the writer.

www.culhamwriting.com
Christine Fraser
Reading Recovery Trainer

Christine Fraser is a long time teacher and Reading Recovery Trainer in the Mountain Pacific Region of Canada. She brings clarity, humour and a realistic lens to the work of teachers. She is passionate about early literacy, young children and the professional learning of teachers

Event Schedule

  • April 15, 2020
08:30 AM
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10:15 AM

Opening Keynote Speaker - Become a Writing Thief

Wildrose Ballroom

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Conference opening and Keynote Address by Ruth Culham - Become a Writing Thief. It's been said that good writers borrow while great writers steal. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and steal bits and pieces from great texts as models for their own writing. There are so many writing models right at our fingertips: picture books, chapter books, everyday texts and more. At this session, we’ll examine mentor texts that can be used to teach each trait of writing as well as the modes. We’ll delve into the relationship between reading and writing so every teacher can become a Writing Thief.

Ruth Culham

10:45 AM
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12:15 PM
Track : Wildrose 1

Phonological Awareness for Emergent & Early Readers

Wildrose Ballroom 1

Research consistently links students’ early skills in phonological awareness with their future reading success. This session examines the research and developmental stages of phonological awareness and strategies and resources to explicitly teach phonological awareness within the context of classroom literacy practices.

Laura MacKinnon

Track : Wildrose 2

Engaging in Inquiry

Wildrose Ballroom 2

How do you start inquiry in your early years classroom? This presentation will introduce inquiry as a practice with particular focus on early literacy. It will cover strategies for formulating guiding questions, documenting learning journeys and gathering assessment.

Jamie Reilly

Track : Wildrose 3

How is Reading Workshop Possible with Emergent & Early Readers?

Wildrose Ballroom 3

How is it possible to provide targeted small group instruction in a large class of primary students? Reading workshop is an instructional approach which provides explicit instruction, empowers student independence, and builds stamina. This session will show how this approach can work for emergent and early readers.

Joyce Yaskowich

01:15 PM
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02:30 PM
Track : Wildrose 1

Emergent Reading: Problem Solving Trumps Accuracy

Wildrose Ballroom 1

Moving emergent readers out of patterned text is essential to getting the reading process underway. Understanding the role of problem solving related to text level is critical. In this session, teachers will explore the purpose of patterned texts as well as the text characteristics and behaviors necessary for success in reading early non-patterned texts. Supporting students having difficulty moving from patterned to non patterned texts will be addressed.

Marian Thompson

Track : Wildrose 2

Concept-Based Teaching and Learning: An Overview

Wildrose Ballroom 2

What is concept--based teaching and learning and what can I do to develop creative and innovative learners who can go beyond recall to become critical thinkers and problem solvers? In this session, participants will learn the fundamentals of concept-based teaching and learning, deepen their understanding of surface, deep and transfer learning and identify strategies and processes for implementing teaching for conceptual understanding in their classroom.

Sue Stephenson

Track : Wildrose 3

Going Beyond Multicultural Potlucks: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Wildrose Ballroom 3

Multicultural potlucks are a great start but...would you like to deepen your understanding of your students' cultural identity and learn how to engage families and children to bring their culture into your early childhood classroom? “Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning”(Ladson-Billings, 1994). This session will highlight the characteristics of culturally responsive teaching. Teachers will explore many practical strategies and activities that can be implemented to reflect cultural diversity in an inclusive classroom. Join me as I share cultural provocations, multicultural literature, resources to support culturally responsive teaching and many other exciting ideas that you can bring to classrooms! Most of all though, we will have time to play and explore.

Lynn Farrugia

03:00 PM
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04:15 PM

Closing Keynote Speaker - Why We Teach!

Wildrose Ballroom

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Christine Fraser will present a closing keynote address titled, Why We Teach! For all teachers who need some inspiration, this keynote is about celebration, about beating the odds, never giving up and ultimately helping our most vulnerable students reach their full potential through literacy. If you need ‘a pick me up’, some humour and the motivation to continue the difficult work that we teachers do, then this is the place to be.

Christine Fraser

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