‘Early reading’ forum up for discussion tonight

The Rainy River District School Board will discuss an early reading forum at its regular monthly meeting here Tuesday night.
The board is organizing the forum for 150 primary teachers and principals from across Northwestern Ontario on Feb. 22 in Thunder Bay.
The Ministry of Education awarded a grant of $62,304 so the board could offer the training in reading assessment and intervention strategies.
It also will pay for an early reading assessment tool for students in kindergarten to grade three that can be used consistently across the school board.
Education Director Warren Hoshizaki said this is the largest forum the district has organized since he started on the job three years ago.
“This is quite a large project,” he said this morning. “This is an opportunity for us to learn what is happening around the world.
“We can learn from each other.”
Led by Superintendent of Education Terry Ellwood, the local board is bringing in an expert on reading strategy to discuss methods of collecting information on students, monitoring how they are currently reading, and how they are improving.
“This is one more component of professional learning we are able to take advantage of for our teachers and principles,” said Hoshizaki.
Also Tuesday, the board will:
•hear presentations on J.W. Walker and Alexander MacKenzie schools;
•receive a director’s update from Hoshizaki;
•receive a well report and a renovations project update from Murray Quinn, superintendent of plant and maintenance;
•receive a report on the L.I.N.K. program from human resource administrator Diane Ross; and
•receive a report on elementary class size from chief financial officer Laura Mills.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the board office at Robert Moore School.