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Words Their Way™ A Collaborative Inquiry and Digging Deeper

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Facilitator(s): Barbara Nicholson
Date:March 14, 2017
Time:1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
(includes afternoon coffee and cookies)
Location: Edmonton (Fantasyland Hotel)
17700 - 87 Avenue
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Course code: 17-LI-256

Target Audience

Grades K-7 Teachers, Literacy Coaches with familiarity with Words Their Way™ Word Study in Action

Please bring student work samples to be used for group discussions.

About this learning opportunity

This session is designed for classroom teachers who have a degree of familiarity and have been implementing the Words Their Way™ Developmental Action Model as part of the writing process.

You are encouraged to bring student work samples and share best practices in small table groups. 

In this session, you will:

  • Look more closely at questions and concerns arising from Word Study in daily practice (scheduling, classroom management, struggling learners, analyzing the spelling inventories)
  • Discuss and share with peers successes and challenges in “pulling it all together” within a balanced literacy approach
  • Examine strategies that promote on-going literacy achievement in using Words Their Way

Strategies and success stories will be documented, consolidated, and provided back to the learners in this session.


Fantasyland Hotel is pleased to offer ERLC an “open block” for this event. Individual reservations can be made by contacting their Hotel Reservations Department directly at (780) 444-5541 or toll-free at 1 (800) 737-3783. Callers MUST ask for Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium's corporate weekday rate of $164.00 and $210.00 weekend rate. 

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Barbara Nicholson retired from her role as Principal (French Immersion) to pursue her passion of promoting excellence in Literacy on a broader scope.  As a consultant and presenter of First Steps in Literacy, she worked with system leaders Canada-wide to include this excellent research-based approach to teaching Literacy.

As a co-ordinating principal at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, she was instrumental in the writing, delivering and evaluation of Additional Qualifications courses for teachers, in the areas of Literacy and Mathematics.

Working with leaders from the Ontario Public School Boards Association, Barbara helped to create leaning modules to assist schools and system leaders to embrace  “Accessibility for All”  “The Accepting Schools Act, Bill 13” in all Ontario schools.

Most  recently Barbara worked with teachers from International Schools in the Greater Toronto Area  to introduce and consolidate “Words Their Way,” with the goal of helping teachers to include  a stellar approach to Word Study as part a Balanced Literacy program.

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