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.

Don’t Miss Out! Register Today!

You won’t want to miss this opportunity!

The Manitoba Reading Association in collaboration with Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians are honoured to present a full day with Doctor  Bernadette Dwyer.

  • Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Registration: 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
  • Session: 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  •  85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Bernadette Dwyer is the Past-President of the International Literacy Association (ILA).   She is an Associate Professor in the School of Language Literacy and Childhood Education in Dublin City University, Ireland.  She has extensive experience in the field of education as a classroom teacher,Dwyer learning support teacher, teacher educator, PD consultant and researcher.  Bernadette is currently engaged in research in the areas of multimodal/ digital literacies; disciplinary literacies; reading comprehension; and supporting struggling readers and writers.  Her most recent book publication is Using Technology to Improve Reading and Learning.

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Spring into action! Register early using our convenient online option or download the poster for mail in option.  Space is limited.  This workshop is recommended for educators of students in grades 4 through 12. 

The Case for Children’s Right to Read

“Teaching children to read open’s up a world of possibility for them. It builds their capacity for creative and critical thinking, expands their knowledge base, and develops their ability to respond with empathy and compassion to others.”

THE INTERNATIONAL LITERACY ASSOCIATION (ILA) has long recognized the right to read as fundamental and inalienable. However, for too many children, this right is never realized.

In 2018, the ILA Board of Directors convened a task force charged with developing a worldwide campaign around children’s rights to read—and what needs to be done to ensure these fundamental rights. This task force is composed of ILA members from Australia, Ireland, Japan, Russia, and the United States. Their work yielded a list of 10 rights, of equal importance, that every child deserves. In The Case for Children’s Rights to Read, the ILA offers a glimpse into how and why each of the 10 rights were selected. Included is a reference list of the literature drawn upon when crafting the rights. Readers are encouraged to review these resources.

Choices Reading Lists

Ideas For Holiday Gift Buying!

Each year, thousands of children, young adults, and educators around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the Choices reading lists. These lists are used in classrooms, libraries, and homes to help readers of all ages find books they will enjoy. The International Reading Association provides the annotated lists for the current year, (as well as past years) posting them on-line in May with a free download available. Take advantage and find the perfect gift for the avid reader on your list.

Awards and Grants

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The International Literacy Association (ILA) is now seeking applications and nominations for the ILA Awards and Grants Program.

ILA’s Awards and Grants are a great way to celebrate literacy leaders and literacy researchers who have made a significant impact in the field. The Program recognizes distinguished contributions in the following categories:

  • Research                                                                           ILA
  • Literature/Publications and Writings
  • Excellence in Teaching
  • Service to the Profession and Organization
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Profession
  • Technology

ILA Literacy Leader Awards honor the outstanding contributions and service of teachers, administrators, teacher educators, and more!

Do you, your students, or colleagues need research support? ILA’s Research Program assists teachers, researchers, and graduate students through research grants, awards, and fellowships that support research activities, dissemination, and publications in the field of literacy.

The deadline for awards and grants nomination and submissions is March 15, 2020—but don’t wait to apply! All ILA Award and Grant winners will be announced at the ILA 2020 Conference in Columbus, OH, October 15–18, 2020.

For more information visit  literacyworldwide.org/about-us/awards-grants

Reading Intervention: Focussing on what’s important while keeping it simple and effective

The Reading Department of Clinical Support Services is pleased to present a guided workshop featuring Sharon Zinke author of the Decoding Solution and creator of Rime Magic.

Sharon will share with participants an array of effective instructional strategies to develop proficient decoding and spelling (encoding) skills so that students are freed to Capturespend the greatest amount of time in class reading and talking about books. From her decades of classroom experience, Sharon understands that reading is all about comprehension and that we need to offer our students daily opportunities to immerse themselves in text and talk with their peers about what they are reading.

Sharon has refined her approach to an easy 7-step system that works, as students say, “like magic.” Participants will learn the Rime Magic strategy, and will leave with the knowledge and resources they need to develop their own kits.

Don’t miss out on this valuable session! Follow the link to registration information!

November 14th, 2019
Registration: 8:15 am – 9:00 am
Session: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Canad Inns Polo Park
1405 St. Matthews Ave, Winnipeg, MB