Bright Futures - Setting Foundations for Literacy (Victoria)

Friday, April 17 2020, 11:30 AM - 7:30 PM [PST]

1999 Country Club Way, Victoria, British Columbia, V9B 6R3, Canada

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Friday, April 17 2020, 11:30 AM - 7:30 PM [PST]

About the Event

Bright Futures - Setting Foundations for Literacy  is a one-day workshop hosted by the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery in Victoria, British Columbia on April 17th, 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 Bear Mountain Resort with plenty of free parking, wifi, lunch and refreshments.  Transit is available from downtown Victoria and we encourage car pooling where possible.

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 Victoria!   Register early to catch the early bird registration rate and save $34!  If you are a full time student please reach out for a discount code to save even more on your registration. 

 

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

Jane Wilson
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Yukon

Jane Wilson works for Yukon Education and has been teaching early literacy, in the land of the midnight sun, for 25 years. She has taught in various capacities including kindergarten through grade 5, learning assistance, Reading Recovery, English as and additional language, and literacy coach. For the past 4 years she has worked as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and spends a good deal of time traveling throughout the Yukon, supporting teachers in their schools. Jane also works as an instructor in the University of Regina’s Yukon Native Teacher Education Program, where she teaches the course Teaching Literacy for a Better World to 3rd year education students.

Paul Panteleo
Learning Support Teacher and District Reading Mentor

Paul Pantaleo (BEd, MA and Post Masters Diploma) is currently a Learning Support Teacher and District Literacy Mentor in the Greater Victoria School District. Also as a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria he has taught numerous courses focusing on assisting students at the elementary level experiencing difficulties with reading and writing. He has also been an elementary Vice-Principal, Reading Recovery Trainer, Teacher Leader and Teacher.

Sallie Boschung
Literacy Specialist

Before becoming a Reading Recovery - IPLÉ Teacher Leader, and pioneering the implmentation of IPLÉ in BC, Sallie worked for years as a French Immersion K-3 classroom teacher, as a French Immersion Learning Assistance teacher (orthopédagogue) and as a French Immersion Primary Literacy Mentor. She has taught in the Teacher-Training program at the university level, and is passionate about ensuring success in Literacy Learning for all French Immersion and French first language students.

Christiane Robert
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Christiane is a Teacher Leader in both English and French in the Yukon.

Amanda Leach
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Amanda Leach is a dedicated primary teacher in the Langley School District. Over the past 22 years she has taught Kindergarten to Grade 3, Resource & Learning Assistance, and currently, is the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. Early literacy is her passion and giving every child an opportunity to become a reader and writer is her mission.

Lisa Harvey
Reading Recovery/IPLÉ Trainer & Literacy Specialist

Lisa Harvey is a Reading Recovery/IPLÉ Trainer in Atlantic Canada. She is also responsible for the implementation of IPLÉ all over Canada. She is a passionate champion for literacy in the early years. She has extensive teaching experience in English and French.

Breanne Glover
Learning Support Teacher and Mentor

Breanne Glover (BEd, MA) is currently a Learning Support Teacher and Mentor, with a focus on inclusion, in the Greater Victoria School District. She has also been a middle and elementary school classroom teacher.

Winona Montgomery
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

Winona Montgomery has taught as a classroom and resource teacher in Vancouver schools for 29 years. She has never lost her passion for learning more about how children learn well. She works with both English and French Immersion teachers in her current role as a Reading Recovery/IPLÉ Teacher Leader.

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 17, 2020
08:45 AM
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10:15 AM

Opening and Keynote Speaker - Becoming a Writing Thief

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Conference Opening and Keynote Speaker - Ruth Culham. Keynote Address: Becoming 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 : Highlands

Teaching Concepts About Print with Big Books

Highlands Ballroom

Concepts About Print are the cornerstone to early literacy learning, and are essential to success in reading and writing. From directionality to punctuation to distinguishing between letters and words, Concepts About Print are every bit as important as letters and sounds when it comes to reading and writing. In this session you will explore ways in which teachers can engage students in fun and meaningful ways through the use of big books. By deepening your understanding of the concepts themselves, and digging into the potential of shared reading through big books, you will leave this session with tips, ideas and a renewed sense of purpose for those favourite books.

Jane Wilson

Track : Colwoods

The Writing Thief:  Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing with the Traits

Colwoods Ballroom

Sharing great picture books is a joy for every teacher especially for those working with the youngest children and their heightened sense of wonder.  However, when we look at the books through the lens of the traits:  ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions (and presentation), it’s possible to use these texts to teach students how writing works, not just reading.   In this session, participants will sample books that show strength in each of the traits and modes and will learn how to use them to bring energy and enjoyment to the writing classroom right along with building skills that strengthen the writing craft of young writers.

Ruth Culham

Track : Langford

Accelerating the Progress of Vulnerable Readers Through Exemplary Models of Learning Support and Classroom Reading Interventions

Langford Ballroom

"This research based interactive in-service is designed for Reading Recovery, Elementary Learning Support and Classroom Teachers. The presentation is based on overwhelming evidence and findings from well-known literacy experts, such as Marie Clay, Richard Allington, Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. The focus will be on strengthening the reading/writing connection in all students, especially our most at-risk learners. In an interactive manner, the presenter will demonstrate, describe and give examples of an exemplary push-in or pull-out daily reading and writing (word work) intervention that will dramatically accelerate the reading progress for all students. Participants will be given opportunities to practice and experience how to teach in a manner that facilitates powerful strategic activity. The question “What is possible for students experiencing difficulties in reading?” will be answered. Over the past 8.5 eight years, well over 200 students supported by the presenter who were below grade level in reading, reached the average band of instruction.

Paul Panteleo

Breanne Glover

Track : En Francais

Guided Reading for French Immersion - oui ou non?

TBD

Session is provided in French - There are many questions about the implementation of Guided Reading ( la Lecture guidée) in French Immersion. This workshop will focus on questions frequently asked by French Immersion (and French First Language) primary teachers. What exactly IS Guided Reading? What's so special about it? Is it possible in French Immersion? in a French First language program? How do I deal with the obstacles of unknown vocabulary and phonetically complex words in guided reading texts? Or the inconsistencies in various French text levelling systems? How do I organise my class to facilitate Guided Reading? What are the differences in guided reading lessons for emergent, beginning and developing readers in French? How do I choose an appropriate text? Are there different models of Guided Reading instruction? Participants will receive ideas and tools to use in selecting texts for reading instruction, in grouping their students, and planning powerful lessons.

Sallie Boschung

01:15 PM
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02:30 PM
Track : Highlands

Choose Your Words Wisely

Highlands Ballroom

"Learning to write many words (at least 40) provides the child with enough generative power to build a much larger vocabulary" (Clay, 2016). Explore the results of two Teacher Leaders’ action research. Learn ways to increase your students' motivation to write and extend their known writing vocabulary. This workshop is applicable to French Immersion and English classroom and Reading Recovery teachers.

Christiane Robert

Winona Montgomery

Track : Colwoods

The ABC's of Phonological Awareness

Colwoods Ballroom

What does a firm foundation for reading success look like in Kindergarten and Early Grade One? How can I get my K's and Grade One's off to a good start? Join our session where we will explore the key components of phonological awareness that are necessary to build and foster in a Balanced Literacy classroom. Gain some insight into how to embed phonological awareness into everyday teaching so it's joyful and playful. Amanda will share her passion for poems and simple ways to introduce the various elements of phonological awareness into your daily practice.

Amanda Leach

Track : Langford

Accelerating the Progress of Vulnerable Readers Through Exemplary Models of Learning Support and Classroom Reading Interventions

Langford Ballroom

This workshop is a repeat of the morning workshop with the same name. This research based interactive in-service is designed for Reading Recovery, Elementary Learning Support and Classroom Teachers. The presentation is based on overwhelming evidence and findings from well-known literacy experts, such as Marie Clay, Richard Allington, Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. The focus will be on strengthening the reading/writing connection in all students, especially our most at-risk learners. In an interactive manner, the presenter will demonstrate, describe and give examples of an exemplary push-in or pull-out daily reading and writing (word work) intervention that will dramatically accelerate the reading progress for all students. Participants will be given opportunities to practice and experience how to teach in a manner that facilitates powerful strategic activity. The question “What is possible for students experiencing difficulties in reading?” will be answered. Over the past 8.5 eight years, well over 200 students supported by the presenter who were below grade level in reading, reached the average band of instruction.

Paul Panteleo

Breanne Glover

Track : En Francais

Harnessing the Power of Oral Language through Books

TBD

Workshop provided completely in French. Marie Clay tells us the “the child’s ultimate source for learning to read and write is spoken language: all his learning becomes linked in his brain with what he has already learned about the language he speaks.” Conversations centered in books, provide an opportunity for teachers to extend a child’s language strengthening both their reading and writing. This session will focus on the changes that can be observed in a child’s oral language through conversations grounded in continuous text."

Lisa Harvey

03:00 PM
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04:15 PM

Closing Keynote Speaker - Why We Teach!

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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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