Learning Opportunity

Helping Students with Reading: Supporting our EA Superheroes in Schools

This session has been completed.
Facilitators: Miriam Ramzy Michelle Bence Tannis Niziol

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Oct 18, 2023 (1:00 pm to 1:30 pm MDT)
Day 2Oct 25, 2023 (1:00 pm to 1:30 pm MDT)
Day 3Nov 01, 2023 (1:00 pm to 1:30 pm MDT)
Day 4Nov 08, 2023 (1:00 pm to 1:30 pm MDT)
No Charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 24-LI-498
Focus: English Language Arts & Literacy

Target Audience

Educational/Instructional Assistants

About this Learning Opportunity

Helping Students with Reading: Supporting our EA Superheroes in Schools

Are you lucky enough to work with students in schools and have opportunities to help children with their reading? If so, join Michelle and Miriam for a 4-part learning sprint series targeted specifically for our Superheroes in education: Educational Assistants! We will take a deep dive into how reading develops and share easy-to-implement strategies to help all children experience success in their reading journeys. The focus will be on elementary education, but many of the strategies we share can also be used with older students. We can’t wait to ‘see’ you there!

Session 1: Wednesday, October 18th, 1:00-1:30

In our first session together, we will look at how reading develops over time and then dig into one of the foundational components: Phonological Awareness. This session will builda common understanding and language around reading development and instruction, paired with a handful of great strategies for students.  

Session 2: Wednesday, October 25th, 1:00-1:30

Together, we will dive into Phonics and Word Study. We will build on some of the activities we introduced in session 1 and share more. You will leave with some great, research-based strategies that you can use with a wide range of students.

Session 3: Wednesday, November 1st, 1:00-1:30

In this session, we will examine syllable types! We will look at the 7 different syllable patterns in the English language and how you can use that information to help students when reading and writing.

Session 4: Wednesday, November 8th, 1:00-1:30

In this final session we will focus on how you can support students in their reading journeys. This includes what to do when a child is reading to you, and how to enhance comprehension through discussions before, during, and after reading.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • 2. Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • 4. Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • 2. Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • 3. Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

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


Miriam Ramzy

Miriam Ramzy works with a leading school division in Alberta. The focus of her education, teaching practice, and professional development has been on early learning and literacy. Miriam has her PhD from the University of Calgary; her doctoral work looked at early literacy learning in a grade one setting, with an emphasis on writing instruction, and the role of printing and word study. Her... Read more »

Michelle Bence

Michelle Bence's passion is early literacy. She is an enthusiastic educator with over 18 years of teaching experience. Over the past few years, Michelle has worked extensively with several school boards in Alberta, investigating professional teacher learning and evidence-based early literacy practice. Currently, Michelle is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Calgary, examining the... Read more »

Tannis Niziol

Tannis is currently supporting Alberta teachers as a Professional Learning Facilitator with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. She recently served as a curriculum consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. Throughout her 30-year career as an educator, in both Edmonton and Winnipeg, Tannis remains passionate about teaching and learning, and the need for explicit literacy... Read more »