Bright Futures - Setting Foundations for Literacy (Halifax)

Fri, April 24 2020, 5:00 PM - Sat, April 25 2020, 12:00 PM [AST]

240, Brownlow Avenue, Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1X6, Canada

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Fri, April 24 2020, 5:00 PM - Sat, April 25 2020, 12:00 PM [AST]

About the Event

Bright Futures - Setting Foundations for Literacy  is a one-day conference hosted by the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery in Halifax, NS on April 24 (evening) and 25 (morning), 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.

Dr. Adria Klein, Professor Emertia of Reading Ediucation at California State University and Reading Recovery Trainer will be the keynote speaker on Friday evening.  Her keynote is titled, Oral Language, Reading and Writing: Scaffolding Connections for All Learners by Teaching for Transfer. If we harness the established power of children's oral language to literacy learning from the beginning, so that literacy knowledge and oral language processing power move forward together, linked and patterned from the start, that will surely be more powerful. 

We will also have 12 concurrent workshops, which you can pre-select 3, 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.  Already confimed are: Scholastic, Nelson and Saunders Books.

This event will take place at the Delta Darmouth with plenty of free parking, wifi, lunch and refreshments.  You can book a room for $129/night by following this link: Book your group rate for Canadian Institute for Reading Recovery Early Literacy Conference

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.  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

Dr. Adria Klain
Professor of Reading Education

Adria Klein, Ph.D., is a professor emerita of reading education at CSU San Bernardino where she was the Chair of the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education. Currently, she is the Director of the Reading Recovery Center and Trainer at Saint Mary's College of California. A former president of the California Reading Association, she also served on the International Reading Association Board of Directors. She has her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Reading and ESL. Dr. Klein is the author of numerous professional books and articles including Research in Reading Recovery, Whole-Group Reading Instruction, Small–Group Reading Instruction, Meaningful Reading Assessment, and many children's books.

http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/edge/about-adria.htm
Karin Hendren
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Karin Hendren and Cheryl Highmore are Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders in Halifax. Karin and Cheryl both come with backgrounds of supporting schools in literacy learning : Karin as a literacy coach and Cheryl as a principal. Both are passionate about helping early learners get off to the best start they deserve.

Lisa Hoover
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Lisa Hoover is a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader in Nova Scotia. Lisa began her teaching career in Toronto as an elementary teacher over 20 years ago. Feeling the pull of the ocean, Lisa moved to Nova Scotia 7 years ago, where she fell in love with the rugged landscape, beautiful people and an unexpected professional opportunity to train as Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. Lisa’s current interest in sharing understandings on “the whiteboard woes” stems from her work with Reading Recovery teachers - both trained and in-training. Lisa is grateful for these exceptional teachers, as well as members of the wider Reading Recovery community, for their willingness to share expertise, to reflect and fine-tune practice resulting in this opportunity to present at this conference.

Keri Warwick
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Keri Warwick has been an educator for 21 years with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. She first trained in Reading Recovery in 2008-2009 and then as a Teacher Leader in 2017-2018. Keri is passionate about teaching children how to read, write and enjoy a great story!

Jennifer Flight
Reading Recovery Trainer - Western Region

Jennifer Flight is a Reading Recovery Trainer at the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery, Western Region, in Winnipeg. She has experience as an early years classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, and teacher leader. Recent research interests have explored how to better support English language learners in Reading Recovery lessons.

Nicole Gerrard
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, former Early Literacy Consultant and Classroom teacher with Halifax Regional Center for Education.

Sheila Walters
Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders

Jana Logue-Arbou and Sheila Walters are both Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders from Nova Scotia. They have a combined experience of over 60 years in the field of Early Literacy Development and Intervention. Their passion for what they do in their roles each day is evident in their enthusiasm, advocacy and reflection.

Monique LeBlanc-Delaney
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Monique has been teaching for 31 years, and has been a Teacher Leader for 19. Her home is in Cape Breton, Nova-Scotia and she works for le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.

Lisa Bunin
conseillères de Français langue seconde

Lisa Bunin et Stephanie Burke sont des conseillères de Français langue seconde au ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance en Nouvelle-Écosse. Elles ont de l’expérience avec la mise en œuvre de l’Approche neurolinguistique dans les salles de classe à travers la province. Entre eux, elles ont enseigné et fait du mentorat dans les classes de la maternelle à la 12e année.

Gretchen Gerhardt
Reading Recovery Trainer - Atlantic Region

Gretchen Gerhardt is a Reading Recovery Trainer at the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery, Atlantic Region, in Halifax. Her experience as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, literacy coach, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and Literacy Coordinator have given her a wide range of experiences with children and adults.

Devin Ashley
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Devin Ashley is currently a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. He has 12 years experience in education teaching in grade Primary to 6 classrooms. He has also been an Literacy Intervention teacher in both Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Support.

Lorna Ansems
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Lorna Ansem's 32 year educational career has included teaching in three provinces, working with grades 1-8, and supporting struggling learners in resource/special education. Her interest in literacy and her desire to help children with learning challenges have remained a constant across all settings. From 2000 on, Lorna worked in PEI as a Special Education Consultant for a number of years, before taking on the role of Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for the Department of Education, a role that continued until her retirement in June 2019.

Jana Logue-Arbou
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Jana Logue-Arbou and Sheila Walters are both Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders from Nova Scotia. They have a combined experience of over 60 years in the field of Early Literacy Development and Intervention. Their passion for what they do in their roles each day is evident in their enthusiasm, advocacy and reflection.

Jacqueline McCormick
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Jacqueline McCormick has been a French Immersion teacher with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education for 25 years . She is currently working as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader in both English and French Immersion programs. During Jacqueline's career she has been an early elementary teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, a Literacy Coach, and she has provided early literacy support to students in both English and French.

Stephanie Burke
conseillères de Français langue seconde au ministère de l’Éducation

Lisa Bunin et Stephanie Burke sont des conseillères de Français langue seconde au ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance en Nouvelle-Écosse. Elles ont de l’expérience avec la mise en œuvre de l’Approche neurolinguistique dans les salles de classe à travers la province. Entre eux, elles ont enseigné et fait du mentorat dans les classes de la maternelle à la 12e année.

Cheryl Highmore
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Karin Hendren and Cheryl Highmore are Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders in Halifax. Karin and Cheryl both come with backgrounds of supporting schools in literacy learning : Karin as a literacy coach and Cheryl as a principal. Both are passionate about helping early learners get off to the best start they deserve.

Carmen Wylie
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Carmen Wyllie is a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader from the Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education in Nova Scotia. She has been working in lower elementary literacy and instruction for ten years. This is her fifth year teaching Reading Recovery students, and her third as a Teacher Leader.

Event Schedule

  • April 24, 2020
  • April 25, 2020
05:30 PM
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06:30 PM

Registration and Exhibition

TBD

$0.00

A small exhibition of publishers will be on site with books and materials for you and your classrooms. They will have draws and specials going on just for the conference. You will not want to miss this part of the evening. They will be on site on the 25th as well.

06:30 PM
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08:30 PM

Conference Opening and Keynote Address

TBD

$0.00

Adria Klein is the keynote speaker for this evening and she will be sharing a keynote address focused on Oral Language Development.

Dr. Adria Klain

08:30 AM
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09:45 AM
Track : Park Centre A

"What's This For?" Teaching Concepts about Print in the Early Elementary Classroom

Park Centre A

This session will explore the concepts about print that children must control over time in each of the reading stages (emergent, early and transitional), the assessment task from An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement, and informal observation checklists to help support instruction. Examination of instructional practices to teach the concepts about print will also be a focus.

Karin Hendren

Cheryl Highmore

Track : Park Centre B

I’ve Taken a Record of Oral Language, Now What?

Park Centre B

Explore the Record of Oral Language as an instrument for observing language structures. Learn to link the child’s responses to choosing books, composing messages, and extending oral language through conversation.

Jennifer Flight

Track : Commodore C

Développer l'oral - dis-moi pourquoi?

Commodore C

Cette session interactive présente les éléments clés de l’approche neurolinguistique en littératie qui a porté tant de succès aux élèves en français langue seconde depuis quelques années. Les stratégies d’enseignement et d’apprentissage de cette approche visent l’amélioration de la communication orale, la lecture et l’écriture chez les élèves. Les participant(e)s observeront la modélisation des stratégies de l’oral, par la suite, auront l’occasion de participer dans les activités pour le développement de la communication orale. En plus, cet atelier donnera un aperçu de comment cette approche peut être employée dans les classes élémentaires de l’immersion précoce.

Lisa Bunin

Stephanie Burke

Track : Commodore AB

Linking Sound sequences to Letter sequences

Commodore AB

Clay tells us that" the information coming in through the eyes meets up with oral language information that was learned through the ears". (LLDI p.144) This session will explore how three quick questions can help teachers understand the complexity of linking sound sequence to letter sequence.

Gretchen Gerhardt

10:00 AM
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11:00 AM
Track : Park Centre A

Whiteboard Woes: Making the most of your time working with letters and words at the whiteboard

Park Centre A

Have you ever asked yourself, "Am I doing this right?" "Why am I doing this?" or searched Google when planning your letter/word work at the magnetic board? You are not alone! This session will support Reading Recovery teachers looking to clarify procedures and deepen understanding of this short but often troubling segment of the 30 minute Reading Recovery lesson.

Lisa Hoover

Carmen Wylie

Track : Park Centre B

Fostering a Culture of Talk in the Classroom

Park Centre B

This session will explore how to infuse oral language into components of Writer's Workshop. Learning experiences around the time to teach, time to practice, and time to reflect and share, will be presented as ways to extend children’s oral language in the classroom.

Nicole Gerrard

Track : Commodore C

Pas de temps pour parler!

Commodore C

La conversation au service de l'apprentissage est un élément essentiel en milieu minoritaire. Il faut prendre le temps durant les leçons d'avoir de vraies conversations afin de promouvoir la compréhension, l'étendue du vocabulaire en lecture et l'utilisation de structures intéressantes en écriture.

Monique LeBlanc-Delaney

Track : Commodore AB

Building a Writer's Toolbox

Commodore AB

Writing is part of a balanced approach to literacy. Just like a real toolbox, filled with many tools, writers need to know different ways to solve words. This session will highlight the multiple ways classroom teachers can encourage children to independently solve words.

Devin Ashley

11:15 AM
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12:15 PM
Track : Park Centre A

Foundational Learning and Transitioning Out of Patterned Text

Park Centre A

This session will look at Early Reading Behaviours and the purpose of level 1 and 2 texts. We will explore creating Readable text for students who require additional support to begin reading. We will also look at how book introductions support students moving out of patterned text.

Keri Warwick

Jacqueline McCormick

Track : Park Centre B

I think I can, I think I can, I KNOW I can

Park Centre B

Our expectations for students and ourselves impact on our beliefs and our decision making daily. In this session we will share the details of our action based research and the impact it has had on teaching, learning, professional development and our shift to being collectively responsible.

Sheila Walters

Jana Logue-Arbou

Track : Commodore C

Learning Language — Run, Run as Fast as You Can

Commodore C

What might be possible in three weeks of lessons? A case study of an English Language Learner will illustrate the power of stories and storytelling to refine observations of a child’s use of language.

Jennifer Flight

Track : Commodore AB

Bridging Children into Literacy (AKA LIttle Books)

Commodore AB

Learn more about the Bridging Children into Literacy project (AKA Little Books) which took place in several PEI schools over the last few years. In this project, the Reading Recovery teacher leader and the literacy coach worked collaboratively to support the professional development of teachers working at the K-1 level. Teachers explored theory related to literacy learning and examined early levelled books. A plan was developed to get 'readable texts' into the hands of each and every child (especially those struggling readers). Rather than rely on published materials, teachers strategically created little reading books intended to support specific children in learning how to look at print.

Lorna Ansems

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