Leaders need to have the learning and understanding to support programs of literacy that ensure equitable outcomes. Gain the perspective and tools needed to do this. Literacy is a human right and key to academic/ life success. Be ready for 'Right to Read' for all students!
This workshop will use the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) 'Right to Read' Inquiry as a case study to examine the current state of literacy education and the inequity in student achievement. 'Right to Read' was launched due to the disproportionate lack of achievement of students with learning disabilities. The Commission examined school data, curriculum, teacher preparation practices/programs and community feedback and will release their final report in the Fall. It is a highly anticipated report that is hoped will guide change so students reach equitable outcomes and academic success.
The link below will take you to the OHRC website, where you can read about the Inquiry.
A recording of preliminary findings of the Inquiry presented by OHRC lawyers can be viewed here.
Right to Read
The background of and reasons for 'Right to Read' will be explored, preliminary findings examined, and connections made to shifts in literacy pedagogy/practice in other places. An examination of 'literacy as equity' and 'literacy as destreaming' will form a cornerstone for the workshop.
Evidence-Based Literacy Practices
Cognitive and linguistic models of learning to read will serve as a springboard for understanding the day's topics. The components of Structured Literacy, an explicit systematic form of instruction, will be explained as solid teaching for all. Tiers of support, special education, and IEPs will be considered from this new perspective. Most importantly, instructional leadership practices will support leading change.
Change is a journey. We will explore how to effectively implement programs and plans knowing dimensions of change. Accountability in the form of assessment-evaluation-intervention strategies will be viewed within the framework of whole system change. Our focus will be on the change process and stakeholder roles that help or hinder change.
-Cheryl Urbanczyk - Leader of 'Learn Literacy'. Learn more about her here.
-Umar Qureshi - Leader of 'On Que Consulting'. Umar's research interests, as a doctoral student, are intersections of school leadership and educational policy with an equity-based system focus.