A Fresh Look at Phonics Workshop

A Guided Online Workshop featuring Wiley Blevins

PLEASE NOTE!!!

*EVENT REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JAN. 15TH *

Event Date and Time:
Wednesday January 19th 2022 and Thursday, January 20th Via Zoom: 4:30- 6:00 pm CST  

The MCRC is excited to present A Fresh Look at Phonics: Common Causes of FAILURE and 7 Ingredients for SUCCESS. In this session Wiley Blevins will share the reasons why phonics instruction fails and what can be done about it.  Wiley will also provide resources and effective strategies for implementing phonics instruction as well as a detailed scope and sequence for early years.  

Wiley Blevins is an early reading specialist who holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University. He taught elementary school in both the United States and South America and was Director of Special Projects for Scholastic in New York City. Wiley is prolific author, having written over 75 books for children and contributed to or authored 15 for books for teachers. Some of his professional titles include Phonics from A-Z and Teaching Phonics and Word Study in the Intermediate Grades. His latest publication, and the focus of this session, is A Fresh Look at Phonics: Common Causes of Failure and 7 Ingredients for Success.

Registration fees:  –
$39.00 per person                 
$99.00 for school groups of 3 or more                  
$30.00 for teacher candidates/MRA/MCRC members
Payment due by January 10, 2022
For registration and payment please click here.    

Cancellation policy: Requests received before January 15, 2022 will be honoured less a $10.00 administration fee.  Requests after that time will not be considered.

ILA Intensive Digital Event

Assessing and Addressing the Needs of Young Readers

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022

Time: 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET 

Early identification and intervention in the classroom are essential to overcoming obstacles that require aggressive remediation. This ILA Intensive, hosted by Barbara R. Foorman, focuses on how to spot and support readers who struggle, as well as how to prevent most reading problems.

Presenters will share effective, evidence-based strategies for instruction, demonstrate how to differentiate based on the specific needs of each learner, and deliver highly practical resources school-based literacy educators should have in their toolbox.

Keynote speakers for the live event include Donna M. Scanlon and Julie A. Washington; a third keynote from Sharon Vaughn will be available exclusively on demand.

The Intensive also features Stephanie Al Otaiba, Steve Amendum, Laura Ascenzi-Moreno, Young-Suk Kim, and Kathleen Rastle.

Your registration gives you access to both the live event and the on-demand recordings, which will be available to you through July 13, 2022.

Registration: $79.00 members | $99.00 nonmembers

Click Here To Register

MCRC PD Evening For Reading Clinicians and Students in the M Ed program

This year the MCRC Executive is excited to host a members-only professional learning event.  Registration is only $35 ($25 for student members) and includes your membership dues! Lifetime members are welcomed at no cost. Click here to register and simultaneously pay your dues! You will be issued a receipt for expense submission upon completion of the PD event. REMEMBER….your membership registration and payment is your ticket to this event! You will be redirected to the membership registration page to complete this process.

Lifetime members please fill in registration form to update your membership information. DO NOT submit payment.

Date: October 13th, 2021

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm via Zoom (Link to session will be emailed one day prior)

4:30-5:00 Monica Wiebe – Book Talk: Shifting the Balance

Grappling with the Science of Reading vs the Balanced Literacy dichotomy is what brought the authors Jan Burkins and Kari Yates together during a pandemic as they puzzled through the research and they shifted the balance of their own thinking –which they hope will help bring the two worlds together for teachers in order to enhance literacy education for all students. In Shifting the Balance – 6 ways to bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced literacy Classroom published by Stenhouse, they suggest looking at myths, misconceptions and truths can help every educators to let go of less helpful practices and embracing best practices while gently forgiving ourselves when what we hold dear and did for a long time might need some shifts.

5:00-5:30 Jodianna Paterson: Building the Profession & Microsoft Tools for Learning

In the first part of this presentation Jodianna will present an overview of the endeavors related to the training and retention of new reading clinicians.  Three initiatives will be discussed:

  1. The establishment of a cohort of Masters of Education students
  2. The process by which a thesis route was introduced as a certification path
  3. The model of reading associate positions in Winnipeg School Division

Following that discussion an overview of the tools available through the Microsoft suite to create more accessible classrooms will be shared.

5:30-6:00 Tracie McDonald: STOP and DARE Persuasive Essay Writing: Considerations for Instruction Through the Lens of Inclusive Education

Being able to demonstrate critical thinking through written expression is an important skill required for academic success. Students that have a diagnosed learning disability (LD) often experience challenges with academic tasks associated with writing.  The STOP and DARE  persuasive writing strategy is an evidence-based writing strategy that is supported by experimental, quasi-experimental and single subject design research (Graham & Perin, 2007; Hoover, Kubina, & Mason, 2012). The STOP and DARE mnemonic has been found to be an effective way to support adolescent students with generating and organizing ideas. This strategy guides students through the process of using multiple sources of information to demonstrate critical thinking when writing a persuasive essay.  The current study investigates the effectiveness of the STOP and DARE persuasive writing strategy for a student with a diagnosed LD, when the strategy is implemented primarily as whole class instruction, with supplemental support with small group instruction during literacy specific blocks, during the six day school cycle.  The data from one student, that has a diagnosed learning disability in reading and written expression, has been extrapolated to investigate the effectiveness of the STOP and DARE persuasive writing strategy when it is used primarily as a whole class intervention with mild amounts of small group support.

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.