I would like to acknowledge Joanne Robertson and the Changing Results for Young Readers (CR4YR) North Vancouver District Leadership Team for their work in holding our largest in-service series involving close to 300 educators over 24 mornings between January and April 2015. This in-service was a great success thanks to all those involved – participants, school staff, Learning Services Department, Human Resources Department, and custodial operations.
Thank you to Joanne Robertson for providing the following post:
Changing Results for Young Readers (CR4YR) is a province-wide initiative launched by the Ministry of Education in 2012. The major goal of the Changing Results for Young Readers initiative is to increase the number of BC children who are engaged, successful readers. The initiative uses current research and an understanding of what fosters reading success.
The North Vancouver CR4YR series focused primarily on enhancing instruction, assessment and intervention strategies for struggling readers. Several key themes were emphasized throughout the series, including:
- The core components of early literacy instruction at the universal, targeted and intensive levels
- The important roles of social emotional learning and self-regulation in learning to read
- Collaborative models of literacy support at the school level to maximize the collective knowledge and skills of teams (teachers, support staff, paraprofessionals) and promote a more balanced approach to intervention and support for struggling readers
- An enhanced understanding of the First Peoples Principles of Learning and opportunities for teachers to explore ways of indigenizing the literacy curriculum
Feedback from participants at the CR4YR series has been extremely positive. Our staff really appreciated the opportunity to meet with colleagues from within the same Family of Schools, to reflect on instructional strategies, explore new models of assessment, and design new ways of working together to support young readers in their development. Here is a sampling of the comments provided from the CR4YR series:
Thank you for organizing these reading workshop mornings. It was wonderful being with our FOS colleagues in learning and discussions. With the workshops being spread out over the month, it has increased our engagement, conversations and ability to try some new ideas in our classrooms. We are grateful for the opportunity you have given us.
The level of energy and the spirit of collaboration were evident throughout the three sessions.
I left feeling inspired and even more thoughtful about what I can do to change my practice.
Time to learn and reflect is a wonderful gift.
I always enjoy attending the series because it truly exemplifies how committed teachers are to making a genuine difference in their classrooms.
For more detailed information about the CR4YR series and testimonials from the participants, please visit the Changing Results for Young Readers NVSD44 blog:
The (CR4YR) North Vancouver District Leadership Team:
Ilona Wardas – Team Leader/District Early Reading Advocate and Learning Assistance/Support Teacher and Vice Principal at Blueridge
Kendra Arkinstall – Learning Assistance/Support Teacher at Cove Cliff
Doreen Berg – Sutherland Family of Schools Leader
Ann Copp – Learning Assistance Teacher and Vice Principal at Seymour Heights Elementary
Diana Kilby – Seycove Family of Schools Leader
Anne Lawson – Learning Assistance Teacher and Vice Principal at Canyon Heights
Janet McLean – Windsor Family of Schools Leader
Heather Myhre – Aboriginal Success Teacher
Shannon Sharp – Carson Family of Schools Leader
Claire Spofforth – Primary Teacher at Brooksbank
Jessica Welder – Aboriginal Success Teacher
Stephanie Weller – French Immersion Facilitator (translation/resource development)