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

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.

Retirement Wishes

Job well done!

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Celebrating with the Reading Department

Carol Hryniuk-Adamov has sown the seeds of literacy.  Her work in the International Reading Association, now The International Literacy Association reaches from her presidency of the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg to present ILA involvement. Her work with Winnipeg School Division as a Reading Clinician has touched the lives of countless students.

 

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The MCRC honours Carol with a Celebrate Literacy Award from the International Literacy Association 

Carol nurtured IRA ties, as did other reading clinicians in Winnipeg, when the Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians was formed.

She was continuously instrumental in her outreach with the IRA literacy community for professional development for MCRC speakers. As well Carol supported these endeavours through Clinical Support Service and those in the  Reading Department. Furthermore, Carol was an integral part of the   MRA Adolescent Literacy Summit conferences. She was a leader in the organization of the Summits and their ongoing success. Carol’s passion for literacy is contagious and an asset to those around her.

Carol has served as MCRC and Reading Council president and for many years, she represented her councils and her status as a reading clinician as the provincial co-ordinator to IRA. She provided numerous workshops, presentations and shared  her wealth of knowledge on literacy topics especially comprehension and study skills.

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Carol delivering  a beautiful speech at Mona Lisa Restaurant surrounded by colleagues and friends.

Carol represented her discipline well through her instruction at the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba. She also spent summers in the Department of Education workshops and as a reading clinician to adolescent learners for a boost into the new school year.

The Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians honour Carol for the work she has done, spanning over three decades, enriching lives, one student at a time, one colleague at a time, one book at a time and one incredible life story at a time.

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Carol and WSD Clinical Support Service Colleagues who are also former students!