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Friday, February 21 • 10:00am - 12:45pm
The Foundations of Literacy: What do I need to consider when building my literacy program with a focus on reading?

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Are you new to kindergarten or division I? Have you asked yourself: How do I know that my students are building a strong literacy foundation? This workshop session will look at the BIG 6 foundational pieces in early reading instruction: concepts of print, phonological awareness and phonics, word study, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. These 6 pieces make up the critical elements of a literacy program leading to the development of strong readers. During the workshop, we will work together to develop a shared understanding of each of these foundational pieces, will discuss best practices that support the development of these skills, and will also examine the continuum of learning for each. Time to explore a variety of activities for each of the 6 components will be built in to the workshop format. You will leave with an enhanced understanding of the type of activities that need to be incorporated into every literacy program, with some great activities that can be used Monday morning.

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Dr. Miriam Ramzy

Director of Student Learning, JrK-6, Foothills School Division
Dr. Miriam Ramzy completed her PhD from the Werklund School of Education in Literacy and Learning. The focus of her education, teaching practice, and professional development endeavours, has been on early learning and literacy education. Her doctoral looked at early literacy learning... Read More →
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Michelle Bence

Michelle’s passion is early literacy. She is an enthusiastic educator with over 18 years of teaching experience. Over the past few years, Michelle has worked extensively with several school boards in Alberta, investigating professional teacher learning and evidence-based early literacy... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 12:45pm MST
CoLab(Former Telus 111) Calgary Telus Convention Centre
  Language Arts/English, Elementary