Layers of Reading Development: Moving Research into Best Practice

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

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Sep 16, 2021 (2:30 pm to 4:00 pm MDT)
Day 2Sep 23, 2021 (2:30 pm to 4:00 pm MDT)
Day 3Oct 07, 2021 (2:30 pm to 4:00 pm MDT)
Day 4Oct 14, 2021 (2:30 pm to 4:00 pm MDT)
Day 5Nov 04, 2021 (2:30 pm to 4:00 pm MDT)
Day 6Nov 18, 2021 (2:30 pm to 4:00 pm MDT)
$60.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-LI-014
Focus: Curriculum Implementation English Language Arts Instructional Coaching Literacy

Target Audience

Kindergarten to Grade 6 Teachers

About this Learning Opportunity

Session 1: Concepts of Print & Phonological Awareness

Let’s investigate how print can be used for different purposes and the strategies that support students in attending to, discriminating, remembering, and manipulating sounds.

Session 2: Word Study 

This session will unpack our orthographic (spelling) system. We will look at the alphabetic, pattern, and meaning layers of English orthography, and examine why we need to teach them, and how to start. 

Session 3: Fluency

Are you looking for ways to increase the accuracy, rate, and prosody (expression) of your students’ reading? Together we will look at the role of fluency in bridging word reading and reading comprehension.

Session 4: Vocabulary 

Academic vocabulary is a key factor in school success and beyond. In this session we will investigate the three tiers of vocabulary, and explore powerful teaching strategies to create vocabulary rich classrooms. 

Session 5: Comprehension

How do children make sense of text? In this session, we will uncover a shift in understanding reading comprehension, and look at the processes and skills that students need to deeply engage with a text.

Session 6: Follow-up: Connect, Share with Q & A

If you attended any of the above sessions, then please join us for this final session where we will share celebrations, and provide time to answer any remaining questions, as you begin experimenting with the session ideas. As a collective, we will work together to solve some problems of practice and help you plan next steps.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #3: Embodying Visionary Leadership
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community
  • #6: Providing Instructional Leadership
  • #7: Developing Leadership Capacity

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

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

About the Facilitator

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. student at the University of Calgary, examining the connection between oral language development and early literacy acquisition.

Miriam Ramzy is the Director of Student Learning, Jr K - 6, with the Foothills School Division. The focus of her education, teaching practice, and professional development endeavours has been on early learning and literacy. Miriam has her PhD from the Werklund School of Education; 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 passion for supporting teachers in building powerful literacy classrooms, where all learners experience success, drives her work.