Scholarship Awards 2020-21

This past school year, educators were again faced with unprecedented challenges and changes that were often sudden and unpredictable. It proved to be another difficult time that was met with perseverance and determination by teachers all over the globe. Through the Barbara Koffman Scholarship, the MCRC is pleased to recognize and support two teachers, who have not only dedicated themselves to teaching, but also learning. Congratulation to our two scholarship recipients who continue to learn and grow as educators in the Masters of Language and Literacy program through the University of Manitoba. The MCRC wishes you continued success on your journey!

Nadine Nassar

Nadine has always been interested in a career working with, and helping, children. Surrounded by family members in health care professions, she pursued a medical degree with the goal of becoming a pediatrician. While working towards her medical volunteer hours, she worked in a small rural school in Manitoba, in a targeted reading program. This was Nadine’s first exposure to teaching and she was amazed at the diversity in reading levels and abilities of so many different children. Nadine was inspired, intrigued, and discovered that her true passion was teaching! Shortly after, Nadine changed career paths. She applied, and was accepted, to the University of Winnipeg’s After Degree Program and graduated with her Bachelor of Education.

Upon graduating, Nadine received her first term as a Literacy Support Teacher. She supported classroom teachers conducting the Read-to-Me program and was fascinated and obsessed with finding the best methods of instruction to help struggling readers. After this term, she worked as a classroom teacher for a few years and was exposed to more students, with different backgrounds and reading experiences. During this time, she found herself constantly switching her teaching methods and frequently conducting research on how to best teach each student. Encouraged to focus her teaching on reading and literacy, she accepted a resource/support position for the current school year. Her time in resource has allowed her to focus on literacy and expand her knowledge on how and why students struggle with reading.

In 2020, Nadine’s curiosities led her to begin her Master of Education in language and literacy. She is currently working towards completing the required courses which will allow her to obtain her reading clinician certification. Nadine strongly believes that everyone is a reader, and is excited to continue on her learning journey to better serve her students.

Michelle Durand

My name is Michelle Durand and I am honoured to have been awarded the 2021 MCRC Barbara Koffman Scholarship. My love for literacy started at a young age and has shaped who I am both personally and professionally. Throughout my experiences as an education student, classroom teacher, and support teacher, I have had many opportunities to learn, explore, question and deepen my understanding of literacy learning. One of my most influential experiences occurred very early on in my career, while I was still pursuing my education degree. It was at this time that I had the opportunity to work for the School Age Literacy Links program offered through St. James-Assiniboia School Division. Through this summer employment I not only gained valuable knowledge and skills needed to be an effective teacher, but I also began to realize how complex and multifaceted reading and writing really are! As I moved forward in my career as a middle years classroom teacher, and then as a literacy and numeracy support teacher, I had the opportunity to work with students of all ages and backgrounds. Some of the students struggled with gaining basic literacy skills, while others excelled in reading and writing. While learning how best to support these learners, I had the opportunity to work with a number of reading clinicians who helped shape my understanding and knowledge of effective instructional approaches to support students. The more I learned, the more I continued to be intrigued by the intricacies of language and literacy. This interest is what has guided me in advancing both my career and post-secondary education. I recently began working as a Reading Clinician Associate with the Winnipeg School Division. As well, I have been pursuing my Master of Education degree in Language and Literacy, with the goal of becoming a certified Reading Clinician. Through my combined education and experience I feel I have learned so much about the literacy field, while at the same time realizing that I have so much more to learn. I hope that through my continued studies I will be able to gain the skills needed to allow me to support all learners in reaching their full potential.

Scholarship Opportunity

Barbara Koffman Scholarship

Barbara Koffman was a distinguished Reading Clinician and past president of MCRC (1988-1989). She was a mentor to her fellow Reading Clinicians and to many teachers in  Manitoba, sharing her expertise, innovative strategies and current research in the field of  literacy. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humour, her collaboration with  other educators and her dedication to her profession.  

The Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians has graduate scholarships available for  the 2020-2021 academic year for students intending to certify as reading clinicians. Scholarships of up to $1000.00 are available. Graduate students studying at the Masters or  Doctorate level are eligible and are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Applicants must be a resident of Manitoba and meet the following criteria:  
• Bachelor’s Degree in Education
• Enrolled in an accredited institution
• Provincially Certified Teacher in Manitoba
• Minimum of 2+ years successful teaching experience (or f/t equivalent) • Teaching experience should include literacy instruction
• Intention to pursue requirements for Reading Clinician certification
• If certification requirements have already been met, applicants may be pursuing further studies in of Clinical Reading (e.g. PhD)
• Applicants must intend to serve in some capacity in the area of Clinical Reading in the Province of Manitob

For consideration applications packages should include:

• Recent transcript: strong academic standing
• Resume: previous experience in the area of literacy instruction
• References: Names of up to 3 professional/academic contacts
• Brief autobiography (250-500 words)
• Personal Interview (may be required; may be virtual)

Application packages can be e-mailed to Sandra Janzen between 
February 1st to April 1st, 2021 at janzen5@shaw.ca

Revised Certification Guidelines!

Beginning in the winter of 2019 a review of guidelines for certification as a Reading Clinician in Manitoba was undertaken in response to changing course offerings at the University of Manitoba and evolving guidelines around the certification of literacy professionals.  The International Literacy Association Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals (2017) was used as a guiding document in the formulation of these recommendations as well as in the re-envisioning of the syllabus for the clinical course (7060) in partnership with the University of Manitoba. The project was undertaken by clinician representatives from two urban and one rural school division in Manitoba and in collaboration with the Manitoba Teacher Certification Branch and the University of Manitoba.

We are excited to announce that the new certification guidelines have been approved by the Minister of Education.  These new guidelines include both a coursework-based route and a thesis-based route.  This will afford students the opportunity to conduct research on a deeper level in an area of interest related to the clinical reading specialty within the Masters program and opens doors for doctoral programs that are currently not an option for those completing the coursework-based Masters.

The new guidelines can be found here .

A note: The pre-Jan 2021 requirements will also be accepted for students currently enrolled who started their program with those requirements in place.

Using Picture Books in the Classroom

Just One More Story: Using Picture Books to Build Community K-12 with Lori Emilson

Please join the Manitoba Reading Association in a Virtual PD session featuring Lori Emilson on Saturday February 6th at 10:00 am.

Reading picture books aloud in any classroom helps students develop identity and empathy, builds community and provides an opportunity to explore social justice issues. This session will introduce participants to picture books that are ideal for use in K-12 classrooms, providing an opportunity to curate a diverse classroom library and build a great stack of mentor texts.

Lori Emilson is a Curriculum Support Teacher in Lakeshore School Division, with over 30 years’ experience teaching Literacy. She organizes and leads the Lakeshore Book-a-Day divisional initiative, and is the President Elect of the Manitoba Reading Association.

Hosted by the Manitoba Reading Association
Contact Lisa Carlson to register
lcarlson@prsdmb.ca
No cost!

Space Available!

Presents: Jennifer Serravallo On-Line Zoom Webinar

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 @ 5:30-6:30 CST

Join The Reading council of Greater Winnipeg for a limited engagement with renowned literacy consultant and author, Jennifer Serravallo. This PD is limited to 100 participants, so act quickly.

An unprecedented pandemic may take the teacher out of the classroom, but it doesn’t take the classroom out of the teacher! Jennifer Serravallo’s Connecting with Students Online gives you concise, doable answers based

on her own experiences and those of the teachers, administrators, and coaches she has communicated with during the pandemic. The intended audience is K-8.

Twitter: @jserravallo Instagram: @jenniferserravallo Web: http://www.jenniferserravallo.com 

Please Note: This limited engagement with Jennifer Serravallo is reserved for 100 participants. We anticipate reaching capacity, so register quickly. Registration for this event begins on the MTS website on Monday, November 30, 2020. Please read our cancellation policy closely. This webinar WILL NOT be recorded for future viewing, so please ensure that you are able to attend the live event.

Updated information will available on The Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg blog – https://rcgw.weebly.com

Contact Leslie Dickson or Jackie Parsons at rcgwinnipeg@gmail.com for more information.

Professional Development

The Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians is pleased to present

A Guided Zoom Workshop featuring Dr. David Kilpatrick

January 21st 4:30-6:00

In this session Dr. Kilpatrick will present evidence supporting the role of phonemic awareness in reading. Participants will learn assessment strategies and instructional techniques.  Dr. Kilpatrick will also provide an overview of effective strategies for developing phonemic awareness and word recognition. This session is recommended for teachers of students in K-4 as well as those who work with students with reading delays.

David A. Kilpatrick, PhD is a professor of psychology for the State University of New York College at Cortland. He is a New York State certified school psychologist with 28 years experience in schools. He has been teaching courses in learning disabilities and educational psychology since 1994. David is a reading researcher and the author of two books on reading, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, and Equipped for Reading Success, and is a co-editor of a third, Reading Development and Difficulties: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice.

Participants are encouraged to purchase Kilpatrick’s Equipped for Reading Success to get the most benefit from the guided workshop.

You can download the poster for more information. Registration and payment are available on the website.

Scholarship Awards 2019-20

In these unprecedented and often stressful times, The Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians is pleased so share some good news! This year the Barbara Koffman Scholarship was awarded to three incredibly deserving recipients. We remember Barbara fondly as a born educator and leader who inspired both teachers and students alike. We know that in her memory, these awards will support our recipients as they move toward gaining knowledge and understanding to also inspire and support the literacy community. Sincerest congratulations goes to the following recipients:

Lori-Anne Busch

Lori-Anne grew up in a small town in southeastern Manitoba, and knew she wanted to be a teacher ever since Kindergarten.  She went away to university at the age of 18, and studied Elementary Education at McGill University.  Worried that she had chosen the wrong career, as she had found that the job of a classroom teacher was not a good match for someone as introverted and highly sensitive as herself, she returned to Manitoba.  She worked at a coffee shop for a few months, feeling that she had made the wrong choice to be a teacher, and wondering what to do next.

She soon returned to teaching, after having been invited to work at a school in northern Manitoba, by one of the customers at the coffee shop.  This customer came in for coffee everyday, and when she learned that Lori-Anne was a certified teacher, suggested she try a position at Little Grand Rapids School.  Lori-Anne thought that working on a reserve might be a good match, since the style of teaching and learning that honoured the cultural ways of Aboriginal students, was appealing to her. 

One day Lori-Anne found a book written by a reading clinician, who described her work with struggling readers, teaching phonological awareness and phonics, through games, in a one to one therapy setting.  She knew that teaching in that way would be a better match to her skills and personality.  However, she also knew that returning to university at that point in time was impossible, due to student loan debt.

Lori-Anne slowly moved away from classroom teaching toward a more supportive role eventually finding a position as a resource teacher in the Interlake School Division.  She worked at a Grade 8 – 12 school for 10 years, supporting students with special needs and their teachers.  She finally found her niche, working directly with teachers and classes part of the time, writing funding applications and Individual Education Plans, and meeting with people in small groups, the rest.  It was a perfect mix of extroversion and introversion for her, a very rewarding career, that was a good fit!

Nancy Jacobson

Nancy is a current Master of Education student in the department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning with a specialization in Language and Literacy. It is her intention to complete the coursework required for certification as a Reading Clinician in Manitoba.

For as long as she can remember, Nancy has been passionate about literacy. Even as a child, when others were striving to learn how to read, she resolved to take matters into her own hands. Gathering her favourite Frog and Toad books, she would find a cozy spot to read with these children, hoping that before long, they too would able to dive into independent reading and all the wonder and joy that a literate life brings.

Nancy’s life-long passion for the written word led her inevitably to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on English Literature. She then earned a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education, and a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Educational Psychology. Last year, she completed the course, “Diagnostic and Remedial Techniques in English Language Arts”. As she immersed herself in the study of diagnostic teaching, data collection and analysis, as well as report writing, she revelled in every aspect of the work, which confirmed both her affinity and her passion for her chosen profession.

In her current position, Nancy is a resource teacher serving a grade five to eight middle school in the North End, as well as a kindergarten to grade four school located in Winnipeg’s inner-city. A large part of her work consists of conducting reading assessments and facilitating reading, writing and language remediation with a diverse population, including students with (dis)abilities, students of indigenous heritage, newcomers to Canada, and resilient families living in neighborhoods too often stereotyped by addictions, violence, and low socioeconomic status. 

The important work of advancing power and agency within these communities has provided a sense of urgency and motivation, compelling Nancy to learn and implement research-proven teaching practices to responsively meet her students’ individual needs. Nancy believes that as the threads of literacy are woven into each child’s life, the fabric of the entire community is strengthened. To her, literacy truly is a matter of equity and social justice.

As she continues along this journey, Nancy is grateful for the love and encouragement of her son Nicholas. Nancy also wishes to thank the Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians and the Koffman family for their kind support. In addition, Nancy would like to extend sincere appreciation to Tracie McDonald, Carrie Laurenzo and Valdine Bjornson for their inspiring passion and wisdom.

Nicole L Normandeau

Nicole’s love of reading started early. While she certainly had many rich literacy experiences at home, it was at school where the magic of reading took hold. Nicole attended Crane School from Kindergarten to Grade Four, and it was here she learned from so many wonderful teachers that reading was a gift. The creative exploration of language was encouraged, new worlds opened for her, and she was profoundly impacted.

 These transformative experiences with literacy inspired Nicole to become a teacher. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education in 1993 and began her career teaching Grade One in a small country school.  She has taught many grades in many schools over the years, and a consistent theme, no matter what she is teaching, has been to share her love of language and literacy with her students.

Recently, Nicole’s role as a teacher has been in resource in the Winnipeg School Division. In this role she has had the privilege of working with students who are dealing with multiple challenges both at school and at home, including struggling with reading. Because she knows how empowering being an engaged reader is and because she see so many of our most vulnerable students disengaged, Nicole is inspired to continue to learn more. Her desire to become a Reading Clinician will enable her to better help students become empowered through reading.

ILA 2020 Board Election Results

The International Literacy Association (ILA) has recently announced the newly elected members of the ILA Board of Directors. The MCRC is excited to see a fellow Canadian leading this incredible Board!
 
Rob Tierney Rob Tierney, Dean Emeritus and Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada, and Honorary Professor, University of Sydney, Australia, was elected vice president. His term on the ILA Board of Directors will begin July 1, 2020. He will then assume the presidency of the Board on July 1, 2021.
 
Three new Board members-at-large have also been elected for the 2020–2023 term:
Danielle V. Dennis

Danielle V. Dennis
Professor of Literacy Teacher Education and the Director of the University of Rhode Island School of Education  

Annette M. Kiberu
Annette M. Kiberu
Librarian, GEMS Cambridge School, Kampala, Uganda
  J. Helen Perkins

J. Helen Perkins
Professor of Literacy, University of Memphis, Tennessee

ILA Digital Events

Attention MCRC members!

Are you a member of the ILA? Members enjoy free access, and nonmembers may participate for $45. Become a member of ILA to gain access to this and future webinars in this series at no cost.

Making a Case for Reading Joy

May 31, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ET

Adults who habitually read find personal enjoyment and benefit from it. Unfortunately, too many young people report reading experiences that disconnect them from reading joy or discourage its development. We can teach young people to become proficient, critical readers without damaging their reading interest and engagement in the process.

In this ILA Digital Event, Donalyn Miller, award-winning Texas teacher and author, describes some conditions, rituals, and instructional opportunities that engage young people with reading and set them on the path to joyful reading for a lifetime.

Cost: $45  |  FREE FOR ILA MEMBERS

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Instructional Level or Challenging Text: Too Hard or Not Hard Enough?

May 3, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ET

For decades teachers have been told that it is important to match books to children’s reading levels to facilitate learning. But how effective is this practice? In this ILA Digital Event, Timothy Shanahan will explore the research on instructional level and teaching with complex text—and share a different approach more likely to help children to read better.

Tim Shanahan

Cost: $45  |  FREE FOR ILA MEMBERS

The archived recording of this session is available until May 8, 2021.

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ILA 2019 Replay

Available April 1 at 9:00 a.m. ET through May 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET

When literacy is embedded in every aspect of education, it creates the environment students need to reach their full potential in the classroom and throughout their lives.

For a limited time (April 1–May 31), ILA is offering this six-session replay free to members and nonmembers (registration required).

These sessions demonstrate the importance of working collaboratively to build and sustain a culture that extends beyond the school setting.

  • General Session: Creating a Culture of Literacy | Renée Watson and Pedro Noguera
  • Research Panel: What Research Really Says About Teaching Reading—and Why That Still Matters | P. David Pearson, Sonia Cabell, Gwendolyn McMillon, and Nell K. Duke
  • Featured Speaker: We Need More Than Diverse Books | Tricia Ebarvia
  • Featured Speaker: Teaching Vulnerable Youth How to Read and Write: Lessons About Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Meaning | David Kirkland
  • Featured Speaker: Choice, Access, Empowerment: Changing the Game for Young Readers | Donalyn Miller
  • Featured Speaker: Motivating Readers From the Inside Out: The Five Key Beliefs That Matter Most for Student Literacy | Dave Stuart Jr.

Cost: FREE for members and nonmembers

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ILA Edcamp Online

Edcamps are built on organic, participant-led conversation and collaboration. ILA Edcamp Online is no exception. Our goal is to create a space for live online learning, where educators can connect and discuss relevant topics in real time.

April 7 Sessions

  • Alternative Access: Connecting When Your Students Don’t Have Connectivity
  • Continuous K–5 Learning During School Closures: Techniques, Tips, and Tools
  • Supporting Struggling Learners: Instruction and Intervention in a Virtual Environment