WEBINAR: Accurately capture and measure school staff perceptions to foster strong and engaged teams

Education workers strive every day to put the needs of their students’ above their own. Their work is fuelled by a passion to ensure each child has the best opportunities in life and yet school staff are leaving the profession at unprecedented rates. 

Check out our new webinar with Dr. Durepos as she discusses the factors that influence staff attitudes and experiences related to their job, school and work/life balance. Learn how having the right data from staff perspectives can help guide specific professional, emotional, and practical supports and target investments in programs that are most beneficial for staff.

Click here to find out more about the OURSCHOOL STAFF SURVEY!
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WEBINAR: Support your educators to get students back on track

We know that educators are working tirelessly to ensure that students are learning as best they can, yet more and more students are disengaging. The question we need to answer immediately is “what can we do to support our educators?”

Check out our new webinar as Dr. Doug Willms discusses what we can do to change results, what is needed to support educators, and interventions that can be put in place to accelerate learning growth to get all our students back on track.

Click on the video below to find out more about the Confident Learners program

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WEBINAR: Build your leadership capacity. It’s time to change the tide on student success.

There is an urgent need to build leadership capacity to improve children’s literacy success. Watch our webinar to learn how you can build principal leadership to create alignment, accountability and collaboration throughout school teams.

Hear Karen Power discuss the leadership skills that empower principals to drive change and transition to a student-centric and collaborative culture in their schools. Topics covered include:

Shared leadership and PLC’s
Collective Efficacy
Intentionality
Instructional focus
Accountability
Student-centered
Evidence-based decisions
Collaboration

Our speaker Karen is a consultant and former teacher, principal, superintendent, and senior advisor for professional learning and leadership. She has won multiple awards and authored books related to her work which focuses on leadership coaching in schools and districts, building collaborative practices through professional learning community (PLC) implementation, district strategic planning, and developing effective instruction, assessment and evidence-based decisions for long-term sustainability. Karen is now working as a consultant with The Learning Bar to support leadership development within schools and districts.

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WEBINAR: Capacity building – the key to enhancing classroom practice and transforming instruction

Find out how capacity building and data informed decision-making can enhance your classroom practice and transform instruction.

30% of children are still leaving school with poor literacy skills. This number increases to 60-80% in areas of vulnerable lower SES populations. Recent research and major scientific advancements into literacy acquisition help to explain why. Our current curriculum and teaching practices have not yet aligned with science. So a key question now is ‘what can we do to better meet the needs of our students?’

Check out our new webinar as we discuss three elements that educators can focus on and develop to improve the learning outcomes of every child.

Click on the videos below to find out more about the Confident Learners program and Professional Learning courses we have available.

We will shortly be announcing our next webinar. Standby for new details!

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WEBINAR: Teaching Children to Read – Common Questions Answered

Check out this webinar as we address common instructional questions related to teaching reading and strategies to support students at different stages of reading development. Common questions discussed include:

What are the differences between phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics and why are they important?
How do children learn to automatically recognize words and read fluently?
How do we teach children to comprehend texts they read?

These questions and many others around phonics instruction are addressed using the Confident Learners reading and intervention program. One of the key elements of the program is a structured and systematic literacy program, which guides educators through teaching children to read. The other key elements incorporated into Confident Learners are professional learning and leadership development, instructional coaching, and a simple assessment program, all designed to build educator knowledge and skills to improve the reading skills of all children.

  

About the presenter

Connie Freeman is the Senior Instructional Literacy Consultant at The Learning Bar. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education and has over a decade of experience in the classroom. Connie’s philosophy of education is grounded in a fundamental belief in the importance of equitable education for all and the critical role literacy plays in ensuring success for all students. As a literacy support specialist, Connie has experience supporting students and teachers in the classroom, as well as building professional learning communities in schools. She has been teaching for 10 years and previously used the Confident Learners program to bridge the early literacy gap for her students.

We will shortly be announcing our next webinar. Standby for new details!

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WEBINAR: Bridging the early literacy gap: Working hand-in-hand to build educator capacity and improve efficacy of instruction

Access our webinar to hear Neil Debassige, former principal of Lakeview School in M’Chigeeng First Nation and award-winner of the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada, present how he bridged the gap in early literacy. Using a three-year intervention and reading program he put education back in the hands of educators; empowering them with the knowledge, skills, assessment tools and resources to reach more children effectively.

Find out how the Confident Learners program is supporting school districts across Canada to:

advance capacity building for educators through aligning the science of reading, teaching and assessment with classroom practice;
implement a systematic and explicit step-by-step approach to literacy development; and
employ a structured assessment and monitoring system to ensure full visibility of student progress.

Schools can meet the goal of teaching all children to read by the end of Grade 3. Working together we can help you transform the lives of your students, and give all children the opportunity to thrive. 

 

NEW WEBINAR: Teaching Children to Read

The next webinar in our early literacy series takes place on Sept 20th, 4 PM EST. Join us as we address common instructional questions related to teaching reading and strategies to support students at different stages of reading development. 

Common questions to be discussed include:

What are the differences between phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics and why are they important?
How do children learn to automatically recognize words and read fluently?
How do we teach children to comprehend texts they read?

Find out the answers to these questions and more!

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WEBINAR: Getting all children on track to read by the end of Grade 3

Access our webinar as we discuss some of the key challenges facing the public school system and the priorities school districts can adopt to overcome these.

Our speaker, Lorna Cameron, administrator and teacher for over 20 years discusses what our education system looks like today; are we meeting our students’ needs? Look at some of the key factors that school districts can target to get all children on track to read by the end of Grade 3. Finally she provides an overview of Confident Learners, a reading and intervention program developed by The Learning Bar that is being used to create a better future for our children.

Let’s work together to change the status quo in K-12 education and ensure that all children have the opportunity to thrive. Contact us now to learn more. 

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ACCESS WEBINAR: Capture the demographic data of your student population

Access our webinar to find out more about how OurSCHOOL is being used to capture equity data to comply with Demographic Data Project and Anti-Racism Data Standards.

At The Learning Bar we have surveyed over 1.2 M students throughout Ontario and have learned a great many things in doing so. We are sharing some of that knowledge to help you make an informed decision around how to capture your demographic data. Our aim is to ensure that districts have the right data to get real insight into the climate of inclusivity, diversity, and equity within their schools. So before you look elsewhere for a survey platform or consider creating an independent survey, ask yourself these key questions.

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Will your solution include powerful, integrated data analysis that will provide you with the information you need to make evidence-based decisions?
Will it be based on leading education and child development research to ensure your results capture key factors that impact child outcomes?
Will it be fully supported by an experienced team of researchers, implementation staff, and literacy experts to assist with any survey set-up or theme-based questions you may have?
Will it be robust enough to allow you to run provincial and school norm comparisons that can be used to contextualize results and determine what is going well and what can be improved.
Will it be compliant to the legislative requirements of Ontario’s Anti-Racism Act; PPM 144: Bullying Prevention and Intervention; and Anti-Racism Data Standards. If not, who can you ask?!
Will it be based on an easy and flexible platform that integrates with your preferred source of data.

Creating independent survey solutions has provided many school divisions with specific data for their needs, but for provincial reporting requirements, this may not be sufficient. Access the webinar now to find out how the OurSCHOOL survey now meets all the legislative requirements outlined by the Government of Ontario.

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Teaching children to read. Common questions answered!

Webinar:  March 11,  3:45 MDT

Join us as we address common instructional questions related to teaching reading and strategies to support students at different stages of reading development. Common questions to be discussed include:

• What are the differences between phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics and why are they important?

• How do children learn to automatically recognize words and read fluently?

• How do we teach children to comprehend texts they read?

A question and answer session will follow.

Participants are encouraged to click on this link and submit their questions in advance of the webinar.

About the Presenter Dr. St. Croix

Dr. Norma St. Croix is an educational consultant and researcher in the areas of assessment and data literacy, professional learning, literacy and numeracy. She has over 20 years of successful teaching experience and 12 years in educational leadership roles in rural and urban schools. For the past 6 years, she’s been working with The Learning Bar, focusing on developing educators’ skills assessing and teaching early literacy skills with the Confident Learners program.


The Learning Bar is passionate about reducing global vulnerability and giving all children the opportunity to thrive. To do this, we provide tools in three primary areas: The early identification of learning needs, the transition from learning-to-read to reading-to-learn, and evidence-based school improvement.


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Are you going to the Reading for the Love of It conference in Toronto on 20-21 February?

We’ll be there! Contact Christine Hole to connect now.

 

 


 

 

How do children learn to read?

Webinar: March 4, 3:45: 5:00 EST – Common questions answered!

We’ll be following up the conference with a webinar led by literacy expert, Dr. Norma St Croix, addressing common instructional questions educators have about reading.

For example, have you ever wondered…..

 

  • if all phonics programs include phonemic awareness instruction?
  • if sight words should be taught by memorization?
  • what orthographic mapping is and how it enables students to recognize words?
  • if you should use levelled readers, decodable texts, or authentic texts to teach reading fluency?

 

 

 

 


 

Find out the answers to these questions and more. If you are a literacy lead or an educator responsible for teaching reading, this will be a great opportunity to engage directly with one of our experts. Have a question of your own? Let us know and we will attempt to address it in this or future webinars.

 

 

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