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
The Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians is honored to have the opportunity to support international literacy outreach through our very own executive member, Monica Wiebe.
Since Jan. 28, 2007 Monica has been a friend to the teachers and students at St. Jude Primary School in the village of Bukoto, near Masaka, Uganda. Monica taught for almost 3 months in early 2007 using only a teacher book and chalk, a stark contrast to the Smartboards, ebooks and libraries she was used to in Winnipeg. Teaching English to students who had never held a book was a challenge like none other, but Monica successfully accomplished her mission.
In 2009, after collecting donations from family, friends and our very own MCRC, Monica returned to Uganda, with enough funds to start a small library. Textbooks were also purchased, that proved to be valuable resources when teaching complexities such as the digestive system! The focus remained primarily on Agriculture, Science and English books for Primary/grade 2-7.
In 2012, Monica returned to Uganda with even more financial support from friends, family and the MCRC. With this money, Monica was able to replenish books, purchase playground equipment, build a water tank designed to store rain water, and purchase mosquito nets for the dorm.
During all this time Monica instilled a love of reading for fun with all she met. Rural Uganda is not extremely literate; however students who excel can get scholarships to university. Reading for fun is not common in the country side, mainly because work is manual, plentiful and exhausting.
Today Monica continues to seek funds to help the school replace textbooks and provide new materials that will enhance literacy for this small rural community. Through the support of donations, Monica endeavors to send money once a year. The school year begins in February, and $1900 US was sent on March 1, 2017. The MCRC supported Monica in achieving this goal. Recently Monica received a package with 51 thank you letters from Primary 5/6 students! The letters were heartfelt and gracious, and brought season’s greetings to all who had supported this project.
Click here to watch a video and learn more about The Book Project since it’s inception in 2007. See first hand the amazing changes Monica has helped to achieve!
To celebrate literacy for joy and justice, the MCRC wanted to find a suitable outreach project. Sandra Janzen came up with the idea of serving at Siloam Mission. Sandra contacted Siloam and MCRC was promptly signed up to serve on the breakfast shift from 8:30-11:30. We had 8 MCRC council members, as well as a husband and son, come together to volunteer their time on Saturday February 18. We all met at Siloam Mission and began our morning with a tour of this incredible facility. We were extremely impressed with many aspects of the facility. We were shown the Health Centre that offers free medical, dental and other therapeutic services for guests. We also toured the Emergency Shelter Facility which was made possible in part by Hannah Taylor and her Ladybug foundation. Hannah raised over one million dollars for the facility which offers a safe and inviting place to stay for up to 120 overnight guests.
At promptly 9:00 we divided into 2 groups, kitchen service and drop-in support. Those working in the kitchen prepared, plated and served a delicious breakfast of pancakes, toast, pastries and sliced apples. Those stationed in the drop-in assisted those with mobility issues, served, cleaned tables and conversed with the guests. We were very impressed with this hearty meal, which provided a wonderful start to a beautiful warm prairie Saturday in February! As members we enjoyed the opportunity to meet and greet people, hear their stories and share some jokes.
It was an honor to serve with other volunteers from across the city. We were impressed with the commitment of the staff and the joy they showed in serving others. Many guests took solace in books and magazines after the meal was done. It was truly an experience of joy and justice. Each one of us left with a greater appreciation of the outreach in our city and the businesses and individuals who continue to provide such high quality and nutritious food. We were also inspired to see the leadership team of Daniel Macintyre School who came in the shift after us to serve lunch. We would like to encourage MCRC members to consider volunteering or donating supplies to Siloam Mission.
Special thanks to Jacob Janzen and Chris Assenmacher for volunteering their time and filling in at the last minute for council members who could not make it. Thanks also to executive council members Carol Hryniuk-Adamov, Jessica Kowall, Sandra Janzen, Jaymie Thiessen, Monica Wiebe, Philippe Morin-Fournier, Shelagh Deacon and Barb Garrioch for also volunteering their time on this Saturday morning. We look forward to volunteering again next year!
Join hundreds of passionate educators in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on April 12 and 13, 2017. Our line-up of speakers includes Pernille Ripp, JohnSchumacher, Linda Christensen, Richard Van Camp, Niiganwewidam James Sinclair, Sandra McTavish, Michelle Honeyford, Shelley Warkentin, and Eric Walters. For more detailed information about the summit please click here.
Meet this year’s recipient of the Barbara Koffman Scholarship…..
Michelle McDonald received her B. Sc from the University of Manitoba in 1998 and her B. Ed from the University of Winnipeg in 2004. That same year, she began teaching in the Winnipeg School Division where she continues to teach today. In her various teaching positions, she was struck by the high numbers of struggling readers and English Language Learners that were in need of greater support in her classroom. Interested in learning how to better support her students, she began to volunteer at the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba in their LINKS tutoring program in 2010. As well, she returned to school in 2012 to complete the English as a Second Language Teacher Certificate Program at the University of Winnipeg. In 2014, her love of learning and serving students drew her back to the University of Manitoba to pursue a M.Ed. in Language and Literacy. She hopes to receive her certification as a Reading Clinician and to work with students to develop the literacy and language skills needed in order for them to achieve their goals.
Congratulations Michelle! The MCRC wishes you continued success on your journey.
The Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians has up to three scholarships of $1000 available for the 2015-2016 academic year. Graduate students studying clinical reading (at the Masters or Doctorate level) are encouraged to apply as soon as possible! Deadline for Applications is April 15, 2016.
For more information, interested applicants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“Comprehension Strategies that are Tough to Teach: Fostering Metacognition”
with Tanny McGregor
MRA Spring Program on April 14, 2016 at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg-Wellington Room Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch.
Comprehension Strategies that Can Be Tough to Teach: Inferring, Determining Importance, Synthesizing
“Tough to teach, tough to learn.” Complex thinking strategies require explicit instruction, modeling and guided practice…and our students need to have the language to notice and name what they’re doing to make meaning of text. This is all very abstract, don’t you agree? What can we do to launch these comprehension Strategies in ways that make them comprehensible, concrete and incremental? In this session we match the “why” with the “what”, providing a menu of options to elevate the level of student thinking when interacting with text. Abstract doesn’t have to mean impossible!
Fostering Metacognition: The Invisible Ingredient in the Reading Recipe
Do you want to foster reflection and metacognition in your classroom? Do you need ideas to help students make these abstract concepts visible and concrete? Let’s explore a multitude of ways to merge research and practice in engaging ways students will love. We’ll use realia (concrete objects or artifacts), images, sketching and complex text to help students understand what metacognition is and what it can do for readers and thinkers. Your students have insightful thinking. Let’s help them reflect upon it and enable them to share their thinking with the world!
Who should attend? K-8, classroom teachers, resource teachers, reading clinicians, literacy consultants, coaches and support teachers, school teams, administrators.
Registration Information: Limited seats, so don’t delay.
Early Bird (on or before Feb. 1, 2016) MRA Member $100 Non- member $125