Leadership in Literacy
Palliser Regional Schools has adopted a theme for 2015-2016 of "Leadership in Literacy," building on last year's theme of "Literacy: Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader." The theme also builds on a literacy symposium called "Leadership in Literacy," organized by Palliser for its Central Office administrators and school leaders. The entire professional development opportunity was led by Palliser's own literacy experts and educational leaders who shared their expertise and best practices. By adopting these title as the theme for this year, Palliser is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to ensuring every student has the literacy skills needed for success in school and in life.
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”
— Koffi Annan
Palliser produces an annual report on its ongoing literacy effort. This report, "Leadership in Literacy," is widely distributed by mail and electronically to Palliser stakeholders. You can download a PDF copy here.
Literacy key to success
Palliser Regional Schools continues its focus on literacy as a key to student success in school and in life.
In 2015-2016, Palliser has one full-time literacy coach working with teachers across the division to improve support for student literacy skills at every grade level and in all subject matter.
The goal is to empower all teachers to be teachers of literacy. In doing so, Palliser teachers will be better able to support student learning and achievement.
If you think about how much comprehension, vocabulary and the decoding (sounding out) of written words plays a part in every classroom, you can soon see how important these skills are to students of all ages and interests.
This focus on literacy is a continuation of Palliser's emphasis on assessment for learning. By assessing the reading skills of the individual student, teachers learn that child's strengths and areas of improvement, and can then tailor instruction to meet that student's learning needs.
Literacy in Palliser, video series