I’m an Author and I Have Goals!

Writing begins in the mind. Our young students have many ideas and stories to share but the logistics of recording them on paper can be almost overwhelming – pencil grip, spelling, letter formation, illustrations, punctuation…How do we help young writers move forward, take risks, and meet achievable goals while still enjoying writing? This workshop will help you explore ways to have classroom wide learning goals and success criteria for writing that also allow for manageable, differentiated personal goals for each child. We will consider group and individual goals, ways to document and celebrate learning for you and for the children, and structures that ensure the children see themselves as capable writers from the very start.

Presenter: Kathleen Corrigan, Corrigan Education

Kathleen Corrigan is a former Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and Early Years Consultant with a public board. She is currently working as a consultant for several independent schools as well as writing children’s books and teachers’ resources for local and international publishers.

Analogy: Using the known as a source of information

Clay states, “The child’s brain is excited to find what it already knows in a different setting.” This session focuses on learning how to search for links to the known in moments of problem solving with implications for teaching. Literacy Lessons Designed for Individuals Part Two sections 6, 11, and 12 will be our references.

Presenter: Janice Van Dyke, Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Central Divison

Interpreting Running Records: The Journey from Accuracy to Processing

Running Records capture what young readers say and do while reading continuous texts. Observing and recording how children problem solve begins with the easy-to-notice behaviours and changes over time. As children’s processing changes from week to week what progress can be observed and how can teachers foster this change? Discussion will be centered on the interpretation of Running Records and how these records can challenge teachers to think about children’s processing.

Presenter: Yvette Heffernan, Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Atlantic Division

Yvette Heffernan is the Reading Recovery/IPLÉ Trainer for the Atlantic region, where she supports implementations in both English and French. She has been a classroom teacher for 34 years as well as a school administrator. Her experiences as a French Immersion, Core French, Resource and Early Intervention teacher continue to shape her work with both students and teachers.

Transitioning Students: A Team Approach

Reading Recovery and Classroom teachers are part of a team approach to transition students once they have completed their Reading Recovery series of lessons. Discussion will be centered around the following: using classroom and Reading Recovery data to facilitate conversations, adopting a school team approach to literacy support, developing common understandings through a common language, and bridging individual instruction with independent classroom practice.

Presenters: Myrna Noddin-Bona & Ericka Sutherland, Atlantic Region Teacher Leaders

Myrna Noddin-Bona is a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and Early Literacy Consultant with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board in Nova Scotia.
Ericka Sutherland is a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and Early Literacy Consultant with the Halifax Regional School Board in Nova Scotia.

Literacy Learning: Our Collective Responsibility

CCRSB Early Literacy Support recognizes the importance of a strong partnership between Early Literacy Support Teachers, Reading Recovery Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Program Support Teachers, School Administration, parents and other professionals as required. Our session will focus on sharing effective strategies to support and enable these partnerships.

Presenters: Emily Fahey & Myrna Noddin-Bona, Chignecto Central Regional School Board

Emily Fahey is the Coordinator of Literacy and Programs with Chignecto Central Regional School Board.
Myrna Noddin-Bona is a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and Early Literacy Consultant with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board in Nova Scotia.

Realizing the Learning Potential of the Cut-up Story

Although on first glance it might look like just a fun puzzle activity, assembling the cut-up story provides serious learning potential for young learners. In every lesson, children benefit from this unique message constructing opportunity as they practice orchestrating strategic action on familiar material, their own story. Learn how this brief procedure can reveal a wealth of information about strategic processing and provide unique learning opportunities within the lesson. Video clips will be shared, and attendee participation is highly encouraged in this interactive session.

Presenter: Betsy Kaye, Texas Woman’s University

Betsy Kaye is a Reading Recovery trainer and Assistant Professor at Texas Woman’s University. She has been involved with Reading Recovery for more than 25 years. Early in her career, she also taught special education and fifth grade. Betsy has published several articles about Reading Recovery teaching, early intervention, and assessment and frequently shares her expertise at literacy conferences in the US and Canada. Betsy enjoys working with international colleagues and RRCNA on projects that support teachers’ professional learning, and she currently serves as editor of the Teaching section of the Journal of Reading Recovery.

Look and Listen/Reflect and Teach, K-3 Teachers

Careful observations are needed when assessing children who struggle learning to read. To get more information than just a number or letter level, we need to look with an eye and ear toward in-the-head strategies. Work with Pat Johnson to learn to analyze running records and other assessments better. How can you tell if a child can self-monitor, predict, search and gather useful information, make multiple attempts at solving words, maintain fluency, and so on? And how do you use the information you discover to plan your instruction?

Presenter: Pat Johnson, Literacy Consultant

Pat Johnson has supported both students and teachers as an elementary reading teacher for 30 years.  Most of her career has been in schools with diverse populations in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a Reading Recovery trained teacher and was also an adjunct faculty member for George Mason University.  Presently, as a literacy consultant, Pat provides staff development for various school districts across the U. S. and Canada. She is the author of One Child at a Time:  Making the Most of Your Time with Struggling Readers and co-author of Catching Readers Before They Fall, both books from Stenhouse.

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

Reading Recovery is an effective early intervention for the lowest achieving grade one literacy learners. Research studies conducted in various countries over that past thirty years have demonstrated the effectiveness of Reading Recovery. In this session, selected studies will be reviewed that demonstrate that Reading Recovery is effective for students in a variety of contexts.

Presenter: Irene Huggins, CIRR

IMG_4765Dr. Irene Huggins, President of the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery, became a Reading Recovery Trainer in 1995 and worked at the CIRR Western Division in Manitoba. She worked for several as a Literacy Specialist with the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre.

Fifty Shades of CLAY…Unlocking the secrets to Writing Instruction

We will explore the five essential elements that are ‘key’ to effective instruction in writing. We will demonstrate how these five keys – Conversation, Construction, Conventions, Composition and Complexity – work together to create independent, successful writers. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

Presenters: Shirley DeSouza & Liz Lightbound, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board

Shirley DeSouza is a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader with the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board.  Liz Lightbound is a recently retired Teacher Leader with the Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board. Together, they have  30 years in Reading Recovery.

Collaboration Through Conversation to Change Reading Recovery Outcomes

The classroom teacher and the Reading Recovery teacher together hold joint responsibility for providing poorer performers with effective opportunities to learn (Clay, 1991).

Join with us on our journey as we share what we have discovered about the importance of an ongoing conversation between classroom and Reading Recovery teachers during the lesson series.

Throughout this collaborative working session we will discuss what worked, challenges faced and ideas tried, in order to foster improved conversation.  We will continue learning by discussing audience experiences which will prove to be a beneficial learning for all.

Presenters: Amanda McCabe, HSCDSB and Carrie Girdler, BGCDSB

Amanda McCabe, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Huron Superior Catholic District Board
Carrie Girdler, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Bruce Grey Catholic District Board