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Bridging the gap in early literacy

Research is clear that becoming a skilled, confident reader during the first few years at school has a direct impact on a child’s well-being and positive school outcomes. Our aim is to support education leaders to ensure that all children can read by the end of Grade 3. 

In collaboration with literacy experts, educators and Indigenous communities across North America, The Learning Bar developed the Confident Learners Program, a 3-year intervention designed to markedly improve the reading skills of children, build educators’ leadership and instructional capacity and support caregivers in  becoming effective partners in their children’s reading success.

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Empowering educators with the skills to drive change

The first step to sustainable literacy improvements is to empower educators with the knowledge and skills that are directly linked to the science of reading and effective classroom practice. Knowledge that is grounded in academic research, linked to proven and practical classroom intervention and that supports how children learn to read. Managing the wide range of learning needs in the classroom is one of the greatest challenges educators face. Each school and community has their own areas of strength and challenge that need to be addressed in a coordinated way to make meaningful gains in student literacy and graduation rates.

Unlocking a world of possibilities for all your students with a new step-by-step approach

Educators have a solid body of research evidence on how children learn to read, and what instructional approaches work best. This evidence is the foundation of the Confident Learners program. The program uses a systematic and explicit approach to teaching in which positive student outcomes can be realized quickly. The emphasis on a specific sequence of skills development means that children learn how the sounds they hear in words – phonemes – are linked to the letters they see in print – graphemes. As children learn how to sound out words using the phonemes, they quickly learn how to read words, spell them, and make simple sentences. Before long, they are reading full sentences and short passages. This innovative approach drives confidence in becoming a reader.

The program will:

Provide the sequence for teaching children eight core reading skills.

Give teachers an opportunity to increase their professional literacy knowledge and apply this in the classroom.

Support parents and caregivers in becoming effective partners in their children’s learning to read.

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