Scholarship Recipient 2018-19

The Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians is pleased to announce the winner of the Barbara Koffman Scholarship Award. We remember Barbara fondly as a born educator and leader who inspired both teachers and students alike.

Congratulations to Ailsa Desender! Ailsa has always intended to become a teacher, having loved reading and learning so much as a child.  Since kindergarten, her path has involved as many opportunities to work with children and to teach as possible, including ballet instruction, tutoring, and working in a day care.  She graduated in 2011 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) in Chemistry, then from the Faculty of Education in 2013 with a degree in Early Years Education with Honours.

She began her teaching career in September 2013 with a position teaching Grade One in River East Transcona School Division.  During this time, I participated in a professional development series with an aim to strengthen literacy instruction skills in Grade One teachers in the division.  This exposure to data driven programming peaked her interest in becoming a literacy specialist. Scholarship winner

In September of 2014, she began her permanent position in Louis Riel School Division as a Grade 1/2 teacher.  She spent three years at Frontenac School before transferring to her current position at Dr. D.W. Penner School.  She feels privileged to have encountered many literacy minded colleagues through her career so far and has participated in several professional learning networks regarding topics such as Regie Routman’s Writing Project and Reciprocal Teaching.

She decided to return to the university to begin her post-baccalaureate degree in 2017, and it was here that she discovered the position of Reading Clinician which appealed to her scientific, data driven nature as well as her love of teaching.  With the encouragement of classmates and professors, she switched to the Master’s program in the summer of 2018 with the goal of eventually becoming a Reading Clinician.  For her thesis, she is interested in researching inclusion and Universal Design as it pertains to literacy programming for students with severe auditory or communication deficits.

In her free time, she reads avidly, both professionally and for pleasure, bakes, and crochets.  She feels fortunate to have the support of her husband, Bryce, and her family as she pursues the next phase of her career.

Retirement Wishes

Job well done!

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Celebrating with the Reading Department

Carol Hryniuk-Adamov has sown the seeds of literacy.  Her work in the International Reading Association, now The International Literacy Association reaches from her presidency of the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg to present ILA involvement. Her work with Winnipeg School Division as a Reading Clinician has touched the lives of countless students.

 

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The MCRC honours Carol with a Celebrate Literacy Award from the International Literacy Association 

Carol nurtured IRA ties, as did other reading clinicians in Winnipeg, when the Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians was formed.

She was continuously instrumental in her outreach with the IRA literacy community for professional development for MCRC speakers. As well Carol supported these endeavours through Clinical Support Service and those in the  Reading Department. Furthermore, Carol was an integral part of the   MRA Adolescent Literacy Summit conferences. She was a leader in the organization of the Summits and their ongoing success. Carol’s passion for literacy is contagious and an asset to those around her.

Carol has served as MCRC and Reading Council president and for many years, she represented her councils and her status as a reading clinician as the provincial co-ordinator to IRA. She provided numerous workshops, presentations and shared  her wealth of knowledge on literacy topics especially comprehension and study skills.

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Carol delivering  a beautiful speech at Mona Lisa Restaurant surrounded by colleagues and friends.

Carol represented her discipline well through her instruction at the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba. She also spent summers in the Department of Education workshops and as a reading clinician to adolescent learners for a boost into the new school year.

The Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians honour Carol for the work she has done, spanning over three decades, enriching lives, one student at a time, one colleague at a time, one book at a time and one incredible life story at a time.

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Carol and WSD Clinical Support Service Colleagues who are also former students! 

 

 

 

 

 

Siloam Mission

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This past weekend (Saturday February 23rd)  was MCRC’s 3rd annual volunteer opportunity at Siloam Mission, helping serve breakfast for some of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable citizens. It was an amazing time of preparing, serving and connecting with individuals who come to Siloam for meals, support and a friendly face. The kitchen is the heart and soul of Siloam Mission. Up to 600 people use their meal services three  times a day, every day. The kitchen staff and volunteers strive to serve nutritious and nourishing food. The philosophy of Siloam’s kitchen sums it all up nicely: Love people and cook good food.

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The Executive Council of the Manitoba Council for Reading Clinicians is proud to support the endeavors of the mission. If you are interested in volunteering your time, or donating money please visit the Siloam website  at  www.siloam.ca

Don’t Wait, It’s Not Too Late!

*Registration Deadline September 21st 2018*

Don’t miss out on the latest professional development workshop with Lori Jamison-Rog on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at the Holy Eurcharist Centre, 460 Munroe Street.

Is That a Fact? Reading and Writing Non-Fiction in the Elementary Classroom.

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Lori Jamison-Rog

Lori  is a teacher, author, and literacy consultant. She is one of the few Canadians to have served on the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association. Lori is the author of a number of professional books on reading and writing instruction, including Guiding Readers, Struggling Readers, and Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Nonfiction Writing K–3.  A popular speaker at literacy conferences across North America and beyond, Lori is currently an independent consultant, providing professional development to schools and districts.

For more information and registration details click here. Registration includes a copy of  Lori’s latest book  Marvelous Mini Lessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing Grades 3-8!

Don’t Tell The Enemy!

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Join us in exploring one of the latest books in Canadian literature with MYCRA (Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award) author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. Ms. Skyrypuch has received many honours for her outstanding books. Marsha will be discussing her most recent book, Don’t Tell the Enemy! Find out how Krystia, a young Ukrainian girl, finds a way to save her Jewish    friends during the Second World War.

Mark your calendars to attend this fantastic opportunity. All are welcome!

Register on site. Doors open 6:30 PM

When: Thursday Oct. 4, 2018

Where: Grant Park High School Senior Gym (450 Nathaniel at Grant)

Time: 7-8:30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 for students $10 for adults. Refreshments will be served.

For more information as well as other books published by Ms. Forchuk Skrypuch check out her website!

 

Scholarship Recipient 2017-18

The Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians is pleased to announce the winner of the Barbara Koffman Scholarship Award. We remember Barbara fondly as a born educator and leader who inspired both teachers and students alike.

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Shona Kusyk

Congratulations to Shona Kusyk! Shona graduated with an Environmental degree from the University of Manitoba and began working for Manitoba Conservation.  During this time, she began volunteering at the Elmwood Bike Club on her days off.  She fell in love with connecting and working with students and sparked her deep passion for teaching.  Shona returned to University of Manitoba and subsequently received her B.Ed. in 2013. She started out in WSD1 for her first half year, then finished up at RETSD.  The following year she landed a 1 year term at Ecole Landsdowne where she taught a Nursery / Kindergarten morning class, and a Grade 7/8 Language Arts afternoon class.  It was here she fell in love with N / K, and was lucky enough to secure a term position at Norquay school working in a N / K classroom.  Along with the N / K class, Shona spent her other half day as the Leveled Literacy Intervention teacher, through which she decided to pursue her masters studies.

Through the current position of her diverse career, Shona has been extremely honoured to serve in the Point Douglas community through her roles at Norquay School.  The local community is currently seeking growth and change for their children, and a strong literacy foundation can be a critical step to tap into the potential of this new generation.  The desire to serve and help lift up the North End communities has driven Shona to seek excellence in her teaching practice by striving to learn  and implement research proven techniques.

The support provided by the Manitoba Council of Reading clinicians, most notably Kim Siwak, Jaymi Thiessen, Tracie McDonald, and Carrie Lorenzo has been invaluable, especially through some trying family tragedies in recent months.  The Point Douglass Community has also been immensely supportive as families place their trust in the education system.  It is a great honour to serve the community through Norquay School.  Finally, the Koffman family for their gracious support through this scholarship.

 

ILA 2019 Conference

ILA*IMPORTANT INFORMATION*

The ILA 2019 Conference will take place in New Orleans, LA, from Thursday, October 10 to Sunday, October 13.

This marks two important changes to the annual conference, beginning in 2019:

• Moving from July to October
• Shifting from a Friday start date to a Thursday start date

These changes were both made based on feedback received from attendees, exhibitors, and independent research conducted by an events services firm. The ILA is excited about the move to fall and hope you will be as well.

The ILA is also jazzed about returning to New Orleans, a beautiful, walkable city vibrant with culture on every corner. It is  the perfect place for a literacy conference that thrives on the diversity of its presenters and attendees alike.

The Call for Proposals for ILA 2019 will open later this year. Please  follow ILA on Twitter and Facebook to receive  updates.

Registration Now Open!

Is That A Fact? Reading and Writing Non-Fiction in the Elementary Classroom

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Lori Jamison-Rog

The Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians is pleased to present Lori Jamison Rog, a distinguished Western Canadian Educator. Lori is a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and provincial consultant. Currently, Lori is an independent literacy consultant and author of important professional books for Pembroke Publishers including: Guiding Readers, Struggling Readers and Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Nonfiction Writing K-3. Lori has been a strong literacy leader serving in many roles including International Literacy Association Provincial Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Reading Council. She is one of the Canadian leaders who has served on the ILA Board of Directors and was nominated for the position of Vice-President. Lori is a popular speaker at conferences, sharing many literacy and inquiry strategies, tools, and marvelous mini-lessons.

For a printable PD poster with more detailed information, please click here or go to our PD opportunities page where you will also find registration and information.

Date:    Friday October 5, 2018

Location: Holy Eucharist Centre 460 Munroe Ave @ Watt St. (Wpg)

Time: 8:45-3:30 (Registration, breakfast, & publishers’ displays start at 8:00)

 

 

Three P’s to Intervention

When readers struggle, there are three P’s to intervention success! glasses

On Monday, November 20th, the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg provided an after school session featuring Monica Wiebe, Certified Reading Clinician. Monica currently provides service to the Winnipeg School Division’s Diagnostic Learning Center, and brought cutting edge theory, research and practice to those in who attended the session from 4:30-6:30 in the library at Stevenson-Britannia School. facing class

As the  session title promised, topics such as  phonemic awareness, phonics and the importance of repeated practice were explored in depth. How the brain interprets reading, which areas are activated and how to support areas of strength were topics also covered. Participants explored their own understanding  of the three P’s and how to translate this understanding into the classroom.

Those fortunate enough to attended were provided with a link to Monica’s own stash of incredibly valuable resources for use in the classroom, during assessment, or when planning intervention. The evening was well worth fighting the blustery weather to attend!

 

 

Don’t wait, its not too late!

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This is a reminder to all professionals in the field. It’s not too late to register for Assessment and Instruction of Students with Language based learning difficulties:Language and Literacy Connections.

Please join us for this amazing opportunity featuring Dr. Melissa Skoczylas. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to develop and enhance your current practice and teachings!

Full Registration is $120. Deadline is Friday September 22nd. Please click here for more information and registration details.