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Literacy Bootcamp
Presented by: Lori Jamison
Date(s):
Friday, August 25, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Session Location:
Red Deer Public School Board Office 4747 53 Street, Red Deer, AB
About the Session:

9:00 am to  10:15 am Keynote:

BALANCED LITERACY:  A Juggling Act!--Lori Jamison  

Literacy instruction is often a juggling act, all about balance, timing and skill.  But with careful planning, assessment and monitoring, we can keep all those plates spinning - without spinning out of control. This session will provide an overview of a balanced literacy program, guided by the gradual release of responsibility.  We’ll start with a look at the “I Do” of literacy instruction:  explicit teaching of the strategies and skills effective readers and writers use.  Then we’ll focus on the “We Do”: shared, guided and interactive reading and writing.  And of course, we’ll touch on the “You Do”: independent reading and writing.  


 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Breakouts:

1.  GUIDING READERS: Making the Most of Small Group Reading Instruction--Grades 1-3--Lori Jamison

Guided reading is one of the most powerful tools we have for differentiating literacy instruction. The key to managing small group instruction is to establish independent learning routines that afford maximum student independence and minimum teacher intervention.  In this session, Lori will share a unique guided reading lesson structure that features focused multiple readings for comprehension strategies, word study and fluency practice. We’ll look at how the guided reading lesson differs for emergent, early, developing and fluent readers in the primary grades and you’ll pick up a collection of practical ideas for small group teaching and independent (“must-do”) activities.  As well, Lori will share a two-day organizational plan and a manageable structure for balancing small group instruction.

2.  LANGUAGE: The Foundation for Learning Pre K- K (2 hours)--Susan Parkins

Talking is how young children process all new information through their senses. The kind of talk that children engage in as they play foster risk taking, support and demonstrate comprehension, and strengthen community.

This session will:

  • identify the critical role of oral language in learning
  • provide strategies of using language in the classroom to foster a strong foundation for learning

3.  BENCHMARKING and BEYOND for Grades 4-8--Purnima Lindsay and Karen Vanderwater

So you have benchmarked! Or have you? Now what? How do you make sure your benchmarking is accurate and useful? This session will review the basics of benchmarking and  how to break down the results of the benchmark to give you direction in teaching children to move forward by using skills they have by developing new skills in their reading processes.


1:15 pm to 3:15 pm Breakouts:

1.  STRUGGLING READERS:  Why Bandaids Don't Stick and Worksheets Don't Work (Grades 4-8)--Lori Jamison

Do you have students in your class who can’t cope with grade-level texts? With explicit instruction, increased reading volume, and texts that students are able and willing to read, we can make a difference. In this session, you’ll receive an overview of the research as well as many practical teaching ideas to help the struggling readers of today become the independent readers of tomorrow.

2. LEARNING TO READ: Three Critical Areas of Early Literacy Pre K-K--Susan Parkins

Learning to read is a complex process. Emergent literacy skills are the foundation for academic success. Fostering children's emergent literacy development involves a planned, purposeful and playful approach.

This session will:

  • introduce three critical areas of early literacy: story awareness, language awareness and print awareness
  • provide practical strategies for interactive read alouds and shared reading to foster conversation
  • guide participants how to foster print awareness through book reading and daily activities

3. BENCHMARKING and BEYOND for Grades 1-3--Karen Vanderwater and Purnima Lindsay

So you have benchmarked! Or have you? Now what? How do you make sure your benchmarking is accurate and useful? This session will review the basics of benchmarking and  how to break down the results of the benchmark to give you direction in teaching children to move forward by using skills they have by developing new skills in their reading processes.


Participants may be divided into two groups based on their previous experience.

 

About the Presenter(s):
Lori Jamison Lori Jamison is a teacher, consultant and author. In addition to her life work as a classroom teacher, Lori spent ten years as K-12 Language Arts Consultant for Regina Public Schools and has also served as a reading assessment specialist with the Saskatchewan Department of Education. The author of several books and articles on teaching reading and writing, Lori has developed many professional materials for teachers. She serves as the educational consultant for High Interest Publishing in Toronto.Lori is one of the few Canadians to have served on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and has been a featured speaker at conferences around the world. She is currently an independent educational consultant, speaking at professional development events and consulting with school divisions across Canada and the U.S.
Cancellation Policy:
Request for cancellation or refund must be received in writing (fax/email) at the CARC office a minimum of 3 FULL business days prior to the event start, or registration fees will apply and refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend a session and unable to provide three FULL business days’ notice, please feel free to delegate an alternate to attend in your place. Cancellation notices should be sent to npenney@carcpd.ab.ca.
Registration Deadline: August 22, 2017
Cost: $65.00
Focus(es): Literacy
Grade Level(s): K-8
Audience: Teachers