2017 Conference Schedule

Influencing Futures through Literacy        *Schedule subject to change

CIRR National Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Conference Schedule:   THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017

7:30 am Registration / Buffet Breakfast (Grand York Foyer and Grand York A)
8:45 am Welcome (Grand York A)

Conference Opening

9:00 am KEYNOTE (Grand York A)

Seeing Vulnerable Learners as ‘with promise’ rather than ‘at risk’

Lori Jamison

10:15 am Break & Exhibitors
10:45 am Conversation with Lori Jamison (Grand York A)

Lori Jamison and Conversation Facilitator (TBD)

ALL

How to Fall in Love with Teaching Reading in K-1 (Richmond C&D)

Shari Schwartz

ALL                

Oral Language: Let’s Talk (Richmond A&B)

Yvette Heffernan

RR

Variety is the Spice of Life: Choosing the Right Words to Write (Grand York B & C)

DeeDee Verlinde & Briare Wynn

RR

Literacy Bootcamp: Ensuring Progress of Lowest Readers (Grand York B&C)

Lisa Finlayson, Liz Kaufman, Kelly Lunn

ALL

12:00 pm LUNCH  – Door Prize Draw at 1pm in Grand York A
1:15 pm Change it Up: Towards a Deeper Understanding of Oral Language (Grand York B&C)

Holly Cumming

RR

Teaching for Fluency: Writing and Reading (Richmond A&B) 

Allyson Matczuk

RR

Small Group Reading Instruction: What’s New & What’s G-old? (Grand York A)

Lori Jamison

ALL

Problem Solving Student Learning: One School’s Story (Thornhill)

Paula Evans

ALL

2:30 pm Break & Exhibitors
2:45 pm Effective Processing from Beginning to End (Richmond C&D)

Sue Duncan

ALL

Do our Parents know the good we are doing? Increasing Parent Engagement (Thornhill)

 Stacey Wagler, Shelley Wikiruk, Amanda McCabe

RR

From Rhyming to Reading: Making Phonological Awareness Fun (Grand York B&C)

Ruth Rumack

ALL

Teachers’ Interactive Language Use as Instructional Approach for Guided Reading (Grand York A)

Vanda Mitri

ALL

4:00 pm Adjournment

 

 

 

Influencing Futures through Literacy                

CIRR National Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Conference Schedule:   FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

7:30 am Registration / Buffet Breakfast (Grand York Foyer and Grand York A)
8:45 am Welcome (Grand York A)

Special Guest:  TBD

9:15 am KEYNOTE (Grand York A)

Critical Aspects of Early Learning in Reading

Sue Duncan

10:15 am Break & Exhibitors
10:45 am Prompting: The Heart of Contingent Teaching (Thornhill)

Shari Worsfold

RR

Conversation with Sue Duncan (Grand York A)

Sue Duncan and Conversation Facilitator TBD

ALL

Unleash the Potential of Technology in Your Literacy Program (Richmond A&B)

Casey MacDonald and David Hoang

ALL

Sparking Curiosity Through Inquiry-Based Learning Using Literacy Comprehension Strategies (Thornhill)

Melissa Seco

EL

The Principal’s Role in the Reading Recovery School Team (Richmond C&D)

Jennifer Flight

RR

12:00 pm LUNCH
1:15 pm 4 F’s of Familiar Reading: Familiarity, Fluency, Flexibility and Fun! (Grand York A)

Christine Fraser

RR

What’s in a Name? Using Names to Support Literacy Acquisition (Thornhill)

Jennifer Gillingham & Barb Cassar

ALL

Qu’est-ce possible en apprentissage de la lecture et de l’écriture en milieu minoritaire? (Richmond B&C)

Monique LeBlanc-Delaney

All   Note: this session will be conducted in French

Show and Share: Interactive Learning Space for Reading Recovery Teachers (Grand York B)

Lisa Vien et al

RR

2:30 pm Break & Exhibitors –  Door Prize Draw at 2:40pm in Grand York A
2:45 pm KEYNOTE (Grand York A)

Looking Back to See Ahead

David Booth

3:30 pm Conference Adjournment

 

Job Opportunity: Teacher Leader at Saanich School District

School District No. 63

External Teaching Vacancy

 

 

Posting #:

T1718-001 School: Learning Services
Closing Date: March 3, 2017 Status: Continuing
Point Time: 1.0
Start Date: September 1, 2017 End Date:  
Description:

 

Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

 

The Saanich School District is seeking a full time continuing 1.0 (100%) Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for September 1, 2017.  Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders are key leaders in the implementation of Reading Recovery.  Teacher Leaders provide an important leadership and advocacy role within the Tri-District Reading Recovery Consortium (Saanich, Victoria, Sooke).  The Teacher Leader would be responsible for training groups of teachers within the Consortium districts every year, supporting the work of previously trained Reading Recovery teachers and providing advice at all levels of the local education community regarding the operation of Reading Recovery.

Qualifications

  • A valid BC Teaching Certificate
  • Bachelor of Education (Elementary)
  • A Master’s Degree is preferred
  • Certification by the Canadian Institute for Reading Recovery

The position of Reading Recovery Teacher Leader also requires an active Reading Recovery teaching load within one of the Consortium schools.

Duties:

  • Teach a minimum number of Reading Recovery students daily.
  • Organize and deliver the training course to a class of new Reading Recovery teachers.
  • Provide professional support in the implementation of Reading Recovery.
  • Visit teachers-in-training a minimum of 5 times in the training year.
  • Work with the Liaison Administrator and other school and system administrators to ensure a quality implementation of Reading Recovery.
  • Provide ongoing support to trained Reading Recovery Teachers through Teacher Leader visits and eight continuing contact sessions annually, along with other forms of communication.
  • Collect and submit year-end data on Reading Recovery as required by the Regional Institute and submit training group data before the end of June.
  • Complete an annual training centre report and submit to the Regional Institute by September 30th of each year.
  • Attend the annual Teacher Leader Professional Development Forum.
  • Ensure that all requests for exemptions from the Standards and Guidelines are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Assist Reading Recovery Teachers and Principals in preparing annual school reports which reflect the schools’ implementations and contain information required by the CIRR.
  • Ability to speak French would be an asset.

To Apply

This posting is open to both internal and external candidates. External candidates can apply online via Make a Future www.makeafuture.com or send your cover letter and resume to teachinghr@sd63.bc.ca. We thank all candidates in advance for applying, however; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All postings close at 10:00 am on the listed closing date unless otherwise specified.

Thursday Keynote: Lori Jamison

Seeing Vulnerable Learners as ‘with promise’ rather than ‘at risk’

The key to making a difference for our most vulnerable learners is to meet them where they are and target instruction to accelerate their progress.  In this session we’ll look at current and classic research to guide us in finding the promise in every student.

 

 

 

 

Friday Keynote: Sue Duncan

Critical Aspects of Early Learning in Reading

Important understandings and knowledge in early learning are the building blocks of later efficient processing in reading. Much of this early learning involves learning to use the visual information in print alongside language sources of information such as meaning and structure. Clay suggests that children need to adjust “the visual working system” as they become readers and writers. In this presentation we will explore some of these important aspects that children need to get underway in order to become good readers.

Expression of Interest Reading Recovery Tutor in Sydney Australia

Expressions of interest are invited from teachers interested in a career opportunity relieving in the position of Reading Recovery Tutor from January 27 2017 for a 12 month period. The position with be located at:

Nirimba Office, Macquarie Park Operational Directorate, Eastern Road, Quakers Hill, NSW.

The Reading Recovery Tutor provides training and professional support for Reading Recovery teachers within and across schools.

An expression of interest addressing the criteria, of no more than 2 pages in length should be submitted to Leanne Steed, R/Teaching, Learning and Leading Coordinator at leanne.steed@det.nsw.edu.au address by 5pm on Friday 16 December 2016.

Statement of duties

  • Supporting and coordinating Reading Recovery implementation within and across schools including training Reading Recovery teachers and providing ongoing professional support for Reading Recovery teachers.
  • Consulting with Public Schools NSW personnel on Reading Recovery implementation and evaluation of the program.

Selection criteria

  • Qualification and training to work as a Reading Recovery Tutor (or “Teacher Leader” in other jurisdictions)
  • Ability to work to a high standard within a team environment, with other professionals and school communities including communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of public education.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Department’s Aboriginal Education policies.

One of the referees listed must be the applicant’s current principal or supervisor. Expressions of interest must not exceed 2 A4 pages and require the signature of the applicant’s current principal or supervisor.

 

For further information contact Leanne Steed on 92087620 or at Leanne.steed@det.nsw.edu.au.

CIRR Executive Director Position

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The Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery (CIRR) is looking for a dynamic new Executive Director.
A non-profit corporation and registered charity, the CIRR Board of Directors is comprised of 15 volunteer members from across the country. For nearly 25 years, the CIRR has worked with Canadian school systems to provide exceptional early literacy teaching.
If you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, have experience working in the non-profit field, are an energetic independent worker and are passionate about the importance of early literacy learning, then we’d like to hear from you.
The Executive Director position is offered as a part-time contract. Hours are flexible.

Executive Director Job Description:

Leadership

  • Responsible for administrative duties, providing current communication to board members, organizing regular board meetings, and the annual national conference
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to provide consultation on their governance role, recruiting new members to the Board representing various stakeholders
  • Enhance the profile of CIRR in all regions of Canada, through electronic means and in person, representing the organization in a positive way
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization. Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities and conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate

Operational Planning & Management

  • Maintain regular contact with the Canadian Trainer team to identify areas of support to strengthen and expand Reading Recovery
  • Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and Funders
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization working closely with the office manager and bookkeeper
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of conferences and special projects with in the specified time frame

Development/Grant Writing

  • Research grant-making organizations and analyze them to identify likely funding sources Compile, write, and edit all grant applications exhibiting strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar and spelling.
  • Keep in contact with donors and potential donors and work to expand the donor base

Financial Planning & Management

  • In consultation with the CIRR Treasurer and finance committee, oversee financial duties, including billing and collection of revenues, expense report approval
  • Work with the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget, approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board and ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed

Qualifications

  • The ED will be thoroughly committed to Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, and management experience.
  • Experience in a school system and familiarity with Reading Recovery is an asset, i.e., Reading Recovery Teacher Leader or school principal
  • Knowledge of or experience with non-profit and/or charitable organizations
  • Experience co-ordinating a variety of projects including fundraising
  • Ability to work effectively with professional groups and in collaboration with diverse populations
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
  • Bilingualism is an asset

Other

Able to work independently.

Provide own computer and work space (can work from home) Cell phone provided.

Send applications to CIRR@rrcanada.org  Subject Line: E.D. Application

Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2016

2016 CIRR National Conference Schedule

Maximizing Opportunities for Literacy Learning       

CIRR National Conference Schedule:

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

7:30 am Registration / Buffet Breakfast

Grand York Foyer and Grand York A

8:45 am Welcome 

Conference Opening

Grand York A

9:00 am

KEYNOTE

What did you notice? Self-monitoring’s Crucial Role in Literacy Learning

Betsy Kaye

Grand York A

10:15 am Break & Publishers Display
10:45 am Re-imagining Small Group Literacy instruction in the Kindergarten and Grade One Classroom

Kim Mastromartino

Richmond C&D  (ALL)

Collaboration Through Conversation to Change Reading Recovery Outcomes

Amanda McCabe & Carrie Girdler

* Also offered on Tuesday at 10:45

Thornhill (RR)

Analogy: Using the Known as a Source of Information

Janice Van Dyke

Grand York A (RR)

Full Day Kindergarten Planning Time Framework: Literacy Focus

Dean Younger & Judy Eaton  

Richmond A&B (ALL)

12:00 pm LUNCH

Door Prize Draw at 1pm in Grand York A

1:15 pm Interpreting Running Records: The Journey from Accuracy to Processing

Yvette Heffernan

Richmond A&B  (ALL)

Teaching for Change: Fluency & Phrasing Over the Lesson Series

Allyson Matczuk

Grand York A (RR)

Transitioning Students: A Team Approach

Myrna Noddin-Bona & Ericka Sutherland

Grand York B (RR)

Fifty Shades of CLAY…Unlocking the Secrets to Writing Instruction

Liz Lightbound & Shirley DeSouza

Richmond C&D (ALL)

2:30 pm Break & Publishers Display
2:45 pm Taking a Look at the Virtues & Vices of Levelled Text              

Susan Burroughs

Richmond C&D (ALL)

All That in 30 Minutes? Key Understandings in Reading Recovery

Christine Fraser

Grand York B (RR)

Let’s Pretend: Authentic Literacy Through Socio-dramatic Play

Olivia Barajas, Joanne Trim & Maxelle Yablon

Grand York A (ALL)

Sparking Curiosity Through Inquiry-Based Learning Using Literacy Comprehension Strategies

Melissa Seco & Margaret DaSilva

Thornhill (ALL)

4:00 pm Adjournment

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016

7:30 am Registration / Buffet Breakfast (Grand York Foyer and Grand York A)
8:45 am Welcome (Grand York A)

Special Guest:  Iris Stone, Former Reading Recovery Student

Grand York A

9:15 am

KEYNOTE

Shifting Our Thinking to Better Support Readers Who Struggle

Pat Johnson

Grand York A

10:15 am Break & Publishers Display
10:45 am Realizing the Potential of the Cut-Up Story

Betsy Kaye

Grand York A (RR)

I’m an Author and I Have Goals!  

Kathleen Corrigan

Richmond C&D (ALL)

Looking Through the Misty Window: Running Records at Work

Jennifer Flight 

Grand York B (RR)

Collaboration Through Conversation to Change Reading Recovery Outcomes

Amanda McCabe & Carrie Girdler

* Also offered on Monday at 10:45

Thornhill (RR)

What Does the Research Say? A look at highlights from studies over the past 30 years

Dr Irene Huggins

Education Leadership Strand

Richmond A&B (ALL)

12:00 pm LUNCH
1:15 pm Seize the Moment: Moving from Monotony to Creativity When Composing

DeeDee Verlinde & Fiona Weller

Grand York (ALL)

Between the Covers: What is in the sheets? Making the Most of the Orientation to the New Book

Jennifer Gillingham & Barb Cassar

Thornhill (RR)

The Dark Side of Levels One and Two…Why and How to Get Students into Level Three

Lori Kelly & Daun Newman

Grand York B (RR)

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

Paul Cousineau

Richmond C&D (ALL)

Literacy Learning: Our Collective Responsibility

Emily Fahey & Myrna Noddin-Bona

Education Leadership Strand

Grand York B (ALL)

2:30 pm Break & Publishers Display

Door Prize Draw at 2:40pm in Grand York A

2:45 pm

 Look, Listen, Reflect and Teach

Pat Johnson   

Grand York A (ALL)

4:00 pm Conference Adjournment

 

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:

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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