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

A Message From the ILA

Earlier this week, we announced that the ILA 2020 Conference, scheduled to take place this October in Columbus, OH, has been canceled due to the impact of COVID-19.

The fact that this was a necessary decision doesn’t make it any less difficult. We share the disappointment of program presenters, volunteer leaders, and the thousands of participants who—let’s face it—are what makes ILA conferences so special in the first place.

The theme selected for this year’s conference was “Shaping the Future of Literacy: 2020 Vision.” There was no possible way for us to have foreseen this future, let alone prepare for it.

As for what’s to come, one thing is certain: The way we teach, and the way in which students learn, will never be the same. Your needs have changed—and are still changing—and to support you best, we need to change as well.

We’ve already begun rolling out a new slate of professional development offerings, including ILA at Home, a series of hour-long webinars with leaders such as Timothy Shanahan and Donalyn Miller. Each is available free to ILA members; nonmembers can register for $45 or join ILA for less than the cost of a single webinar (and gain access to the entire series in the process!). Visit literacyworldwide.org/digitalevents for more information.

Next month, we will be unveiling a progressive model for professional learning being designed specifically for a digital platform. It’s immersive, interactive, and responsive. We believe it’s the future of PD.

We will continue to weather this storm together, and as you enter the period of post-COVID recovery that’s to come, we’ll support you every step of the way.
Stay safe—and stay connected.

Marcie Craig Post
Executive Director
International Literacy Association

 
 

Message From the MCRC President

Dear Readers,

On behalf of the Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians, I would like to take this moment to wish you all good health and strength during this trying time caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  While we navigate our new world reality, we at MCRC will continue to strive to provide our members and readers current information on literacy and learning. 

We hope this message finds you and your family in good health.  We would like to let MCRC members know that after a meeting of the executive council, a decision was made to postpone our annual general meeting to the fall; date to be determined in due time.  We wish you all strength and courage during this pandemic time and we are looking forward to seeing you all at our fall AGM meeting.

We want you also to know that the International Literacy Association is taking action to support educators during this time. Free resources can be found on their website. As well it is important to note that voting opportunities are now open for board elections if you are a member of ILA. Members are encouraged to vote for three at-large candidates and one vice president candidate. You can read about the candidates here.

Sincerely,

Philippe Morin-Fournier, MCRC President

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” Kofi Annan

Monday March 23rd Event Cancelled

We regret to inform you that to ensure the health and safety of all International Literacy Association representatives, during the current global situation with the COVID-19 virus, the ILA is suspending all
travel until further notice.
Therefore, Dr. Dwyer is no longer able to travel from Dublin, Ireland, to appear at the co-hosted conference on Monday, March 23, 2020. Bernadette has sent her sincere regrets. We are all deeply disappointed and perhaps Dr. Dwyer may be able to visit Manitoba, at another time.

Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians is planning literacy professional learning events for the 2020-2021 school year. Please continue to visit the MCRC website for the current updates, literacy programming ideas, private practice lists, and 2020 MCRC scholarship applications.

Hot Topics in Manitoba

The end of February marks the closing of I Love to Read month! We hope it has been a great month filled with fun activities that promote our student’s passion for reading! And the best news yet, is spring awaits us, just around the corner. A reminder that there are upcoming events next month, including Bernadette Dwyer presenting Using Technology to Improve Reading and Learning at The Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Don’t delay, as registration for this valuable PD opportunity closes March 6th.

In hot topics today, the most recent edition of Literacy Today-Jan-Feb highlights important NEW ILA Research Briefs that will be of interest to everyone dedicated to teaching reading. The three briefs listed below provide cutting edge up-to-date information and can be downloaded and saved for future reference.

Children Experiencing Reading Difficulties

Right to Policies that Ensure Equitable Literacy Instruction

Phonological Awareness in Early Childhood Literacy Development  

In addition to this information the ILA also provides the biannual What’s Hot in 2020-And Beyond  as well as a call to sign on in support of Children’s Rights To Read which can also be found on our previous blog posts.

Siloam Mission

This past weekend was the Manitoba Council of Reading Clinician’s 4th annual volunteer opportunity at Siloam Mission. This year we had the pleasure of serving lunch to hundreds of cold, vulnerable and hungry Winnipeger’s. The steaming soup and hot coffee was a welcome sight to to all those who came in from the cold. With an assembly line of 8 people and several members serving food on the floor, we were able to accomplish this great event of lunch in 1.5 hours. Prep time and clean up is a breeze with so many smiles and friendly people helping out! Thank you to all members of the Executive Council who were able to attend as well as the “plus one” attendees who were very much appreciated!

SHOP FOR SILOAM!!

Did you know that on March 21st from 11:00-4:00 you will find representatives from Siloam Mission at Superstore on 3193 Portage Avenue?

There’s always that one extra item you need from the grocery store…Siloam Mission is no different!

Come find them at the entrance of the store. You can pick up a Siloam Mission shopping list, grab a few items while you’re doing your own shopping, and drop your donated goods on your way out!

90% of the food served daily is kindly donated to Siloam Mission from people like yourself. Your effort will help feed over 1,500 people daily!

If you would like to donate goods today, find a list to review of their most urgently items.