Changing Worlds – Literacy Learning for Young Children Workshop

A One-Day Workshop in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 6, 2019

On Saturday April 6, 2019 we are excited to be hosting a one day professional learning workshop in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  This workshop is all about literacy learning for young children (6 and under).

Who should attend?

  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Daycare Providers
  • Kindergarten and Pre-School Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches and Specialists
  • Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers of young children

Where is this workshop?

  • The Victoria Inn in Winnipeg – right near the airport with lots of free parking.

What will you learn?

  • Purposeful play to support literacy
  • Tips for reading to and writing with young children
  • Literacy learning strategies parents can use with young children
  • How to notice when extra supports are needed
  • Sparking interest in reading and writing
  • Where to find resources to support reading and writing
  • and so much more!

Keynote Speaker

Miriam Trehearne has been a classroom teacher, Program Specialist, University Associate, Reading Recovery Liaison Administrator and Literacy Specialist with one of the largest school districts in Canada. Miriam researches literacy best practices, presents at conferences, and has recently written six professional books, including an AEP Award Winner. A regular speaker at International Literacy Association, ECEC and Reading Recovery Conferences, she co-chaired a one-day Institute with renowned literacy expert Regie Routman.

Miriam will be speaking about High-Risk to Success Before Grade One: We Have the Proof! as her keynote address.  She will also be presenting a workshop entitled, Developing Oral Language and Listening Comprehension in Preschool and Kindergarten Practical Strategies That Work! 


How much will it cost?

  • The workshop is $185 and includes refreshments, lunch, a keynote speaker and several engaging workshops throughout the day.
  • Workshops are led by leading literacy experts in Manitoba
  • The day will start at 9am and run through to 4:30pm.


Space is limited and you won’t want to miss this amazing learning event!  Register today!

Gala Celebration of 25 Years of Reading Recovery in Manitoba

Manitoba is celebrating 25 years of Reading Recovery success in 2019!

We are joining together in celebration on April 4th, 2019 at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg, Manitoba to mark this milestone with a gala celebration.

We will hear from an amazing keynote speaker, past reading recovery students and teachers, current Reading Recovery trainers and teacher leaders.  We will celebrate with a fine dinner, cash bar and entertainment!

Hear about the success of Reading Recovery from former and current students, celebrate with current and former teachers and teacher leaders who have shaped Reading Recovery over the years.

Tickets are $75 each or $600 for a table of 8.  Available online by clicking the ticket below.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Thanks to Westjet there will also be an opportunity at this event to participate in a raffle to raise funds to support the work of the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery and WIN a trip for 2 to anywhere Westjet flies!

This gala celebration takes place during the National Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Conference so if you are planning to attend the conference consider joining the celebration!


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2019 Conference Exhibitors Confirmed

New Conference Exhibitors Confirmed Daily

Part of the National Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Conference not to be missed are the exhibitors.  The Exhibitor Trade Show is an opportunity during breaks in the conference agenda to connect with the latest materials for your

classroom, meet authors and publishers, learn about new resources to aid in literacy development.  Not all exhibitors are publishers – some are unique businesses with items of interest to educators.  M

any exhibitors have specials and draws on just for the conference so it is a great place to get a good deal!

If you are interested in being an exhibitor please register soon as space is limited.  Only $600 for an 8ft table and $200 for each additional table!

Exhibitors are confirmed daily so watch this space for updates on who will be at the conference this year.

So…..who will be an exhibitor at the 2019 Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Conference in Winnipeg? The following have confirmed they will be there!

Pearson Clinical Assessment


Blueberry Hill Books

RR Books



The Victoria Inn, located at 1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba will be your host hotel for the upcoming National Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Learning Conference taking place on April 4-5, 2019.

Group Rates:

Standard Room $119.00

How to book at the conference rate…

1.       Call the hotel directly and ask to book in the “Reading Recovery Institute” group block (Group Code – 799962 – if needed).

2.       Head to click on “Reserve Now” then enter Group Code 799962 and enter the PIN – CIRR

The last day to receive the special group rate is March 15, 2019 – book early to ensure the best rate.

In addition to the affordable room rate, guests of the Victoria Inn will also receive complimentary parking, complimentary internet in all guest rooms, complimentary use of all hotel facilities.

The hotel is conveniently in the same building as our conference activities.  If you are staying on-site you won’t have to go outside!


Re-imagining Small Group Literacy instruction in the Kindergarten and Grade One Classroom

When we believe children are competent and capable learners, we document what they currently know and can do which  provides us with insights and questions about where the learning might go next. This workshop will focus on Pedagogical documentation and small group reading instruction in the Kindergarten and grade one classroom. We will investigate :
How might we create the opportunities for literacy  to happen authentically throughout the day in multiple contexts and in multiple places?
How can we be flexible about where we are meeting with the children, how long we are meeting with them, and what level of support we are providing to them?
As we reimagine literacy instruction, we will use video clips to hear educator teams making the learning visible by noticing and naming literacy behaviours that are connected and applied in multiple contexts throughout the day.

Presenter: Kim Mastromartino


Download Session Handouts:




Assembling Cut-Up Stories … More than Just A Puzzle!

Why is the cut-up story part of the lesson activities? How does the teacher benefit from observing the child reassembling the story? How does the child benefit from reassembling his story? This interactive session will examine the power behind Assembling Cut-Up Stories in Reading Recovery lessons and in the classroom. We will explore examples of ways to use this activity in Kindergarten and in grade 1 classrooms.

Presenter: Paul Cousineau

Taking a Look at the Virtues & Vices of Levelled Text

Beginning readers do best when they are engaging with books at a ‘just right’ level of difficulty – books that offer opportunities to both consolidate what is known, and do some new problem-solving. However, not all levelled texts are created equal. Understanding the characteristics, function and limitations of levelled text enables teachers to maximize the learning impact of this valuable instructional tool.

Presenter: Susan Burroughs, Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery

Susan Burroughs taught K-3 for many years, worked as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for 18 years and retired from the Toronto District School Board in 2012. She is currently Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery.

Between the covers: What is in those sheets? Making the most of the book orientation

“I think introducing new texts which young school children are going to read demands great skill” (Clay, 1991)
Participants will explore how rich introductions support children in becoming independent readers. Actively engaging children to participate in the conversations, before reading, sets them up to read a new text with a high degree of successful processing.

Presenters: Jennifer Gillingham & Barb Cassar, TDSB

Jennifer and Barb are Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders with the Toronto District School Board. They are regular presenters and contributors of Literacy Learning Professional Development for Reading Recovery and Classroom Teachers of the Elementary and Secondary Panels. Combined they have taught for over 50 years!

Seize the Moment: Moving from Monotony to Creativity when Composing

When composing, Clay instructs us to, ‘Start up a conversation, guided by all you know about this child. Talk about something that you feel sure he would be interested in.’ In this session, we will examine ways to help all students create authentic, meaningful and exciting stories that build upon their interests, creativity and passions.

Presenters: Dee Dee Verlinde & Fiona Weller, YRDSB

Fiona and Dee Dee are Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders in the York Region District School Board.

Sparking Curiosity through Inquiry-Based Learning using Literacy Comprehension Strategies

Join Early Years educators as we explore the process of inquiry-based learning in Kindergarten. Comprehension strategies, such as, asking effective questions and making connections will be highlighted through the use of picture books. We will look further at why focusing on student curiosities, questions, wonderings serve to enhance particular comprehension strategies, spark engagement in writing, but also honours children’s many voices.

Presenters: Melissa Seco & Margaret DaSilva, Toronto District School Board

Melissa Seco: Melissa is currently an Instructional Leader for the Early Years Learning & Care Department at the TDSB. She has been teaching in the Toronto District School Board for the last 10 years as a Primary/Junior teacher in a variety of roles.

Margaret Da Silva: Margaret is currently working as an Instructional Leader for the Early Years Learning & Care Department at the TDSB. She has been teaching in the Toronto District School Board for the last 20 years as a kindergarten teacher, reading recovery teacher and primary resource support teacher.