Leadership in Literacy
Palliser Regional Schools adopted a theme of "Together Leading in Literacy." This follows several years of themes focused on literacy including "Leadership in Literacy" and "Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader." The new theme reflects our shared division-wide journey to transform the teaching of reading and writing to ensure all students develop skills in these areas. The theme is part of Palliser's 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 2016-2017, Palliser has one full-time literacy specialist 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