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.
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 miss out on the latest professional development workshop with Lori Jamison-Rog on Friday, October 5th, 2018at the Holy Eurcharist Centre, 460 Munroe Street.
Is That a Fact? Reading and Writing Non-Fiction in the Elementary Classroom.
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!
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!
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 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.
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.
Is That A Fact? Reading and Writing Non-Fiction in the Elementary Classroom
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.
When readers struggle, there are three P’s to intervention success!
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.
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!
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.
This year, this Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians is pleased to announce TWO winners 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 Valdine Bjornson and Stephanie Kaethler for becoming the 2016-2017 recipients of this special scholarship. The MCRC wishes you continued success on your journey!
Valdine Bjornson received her B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba as well as two Post-Baccalaureates focussing upon Counselling and Early Years Education. She has obtained both her Special Education Certificate as well as C-TESL from the University of Manitoba. She also has completed a Graduate Certificate (M. A. Program) in International Education through the Graduate School for Intercultural Training (SIT) in Vermont, USA. Valdine is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education (Leading Language and Literacy) with the University of Calgary. She began her career with international schools in Japan, Finland and later on, Egypt. She has worked in several Manitoba school divisions in both rural and urban settings. She has taught music (en français), EAL as well as worked in early years classrooms. Over the last few years, she has had the honour of serving as a Reading Clinician in both public and private practice settings. She is completing training to become a Certified member with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She has served as Secretary for MCRC since 2014 and is a current Board Member for the Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba. She has a loving husband and three incredible daughters who inspire her every day.
Stephanie Kaethler received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg in 2007 and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba in 2010. After spending four months as a substitute teacher in both urban and rural school divisions, Stephanie started her teaching career with a term in Winnipeg School Division in January 2011. Two years later, Stephanie moved Fort Rouge School where she continues to teach today.
Stephanie’s interest in language and literacy began when she started teaching Grade 1 in the inner city; she was uncertain how to support students as they moved from oral language to beginning reading and writing. With the help of her Learning Support Teacher and Reading Clinician, she began an earnest journey to become an effective literacy instructor. Stephanie is thankful for the many educational mentors who introduced and modelled effective literacy resources and strategies which has strengthened and shaped her current instructional practices.
In September 2016, Stephanie started her Masters of Education in Language and Literacy. This last year has been filled with many moments of enlightenment, particularly in understanding the connection between diagnostic and intervention strategies. She is looking forward to continuing her studies this summer and preparing for her new role as an Associate Reading Clinician with Winnipeg School Division in the fall where she is eager to both support and learn beside students and colleagues. Stephanie would like to thank the Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians and the Koffman family for their support as she works towards obtaining her Reading Clinician Certification.
Assessment and Instruction of Students with Language Based Learning Difficulties:Language and Literacy Connections
Join us for a full day workshop featuring Melissa Skoczylas, Speech Language Pathologist, researcher, author, and award winning instructor of Language and Literacy in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, at the University of Alberta.
Come out and learn how a deeper understanding of language can be used to assist with literacy development in the area of reading comprehension.
Location: Holy Eucharist Centre, 460 Munroe Avenue, Winnipeg, Mb