Public school board to lead reading forum

Educators from Manitouwadge to Kenora will be in Thunder Bay on Friday to learn how to teach the ABC’s more effectively at an Early Reading Forum led by the Rainy River District School Board.
“The Ministry of Education is focused on developing early literacy skills and numerical skills,” said Superintendent of Education Terry Ellwood.
“Part of the master plan is to increase skills in primary students in reading,” he noted.
More than 170 teachers, principals, and administrators, including 22 from this district, will attend the conference, which the Curriculum Council West has asked the local public school board to lead.
Ellwood said there would be a series of workshops on different methods of developing literacy skills, including six presentations by local staff.
“We will be presenting some of our successful ideas,” he remarked.
For instance, one will be about reading response journals and another on creative scheduling to have reading planned for the most effective times of the day.
Ellwood said he’s proud this board has been asked to host the forum.
“We’ve worked very hard to bring up literacy skills and we’ve been very successful,” he said. “A lot of these things we’re doing other boards asked us to share.”