Graduation starts here
The first step to becoming a confident learner is to become a confident reader. Research shows, 89% of students who read well by 3rd grade will graduate on time. As educators, we expect this and more.
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Focus on prevention, make meaningful gains
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.
Focus efforts on the most effective literacy development practices
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. It provides a rigorous learning to read pathway aligned with instructional tools and support to set schools up for success. The program is designed to:
- Accurately identify children’s literacy skills when they start school.
- Move towards a skills-based approach to enable students to learn.
- Provide a framework, resources, and support for professional learning and collaboration.
Make literacy your bottom line
Efficient reading instruction is at the center of community transformation, and children’s future opportunities. Learn about the financial benefits of reading success, or access resources to understand the literacy needs of your community now.
What Our Clients Say
“The Confident Learners Program gave our teachers the tools to move each student along the Literacy Pathway of learning how to read. It was like a fine-toothed comb, clearly identifying what each student needed to work on, as opposed to a general instructional focus. Using the Confident Learners assessment tools we could specifically identify the Code and Language skills needed. Student success in reading began to improve overall, and in particular, a number of the struggling readers began moving reading levels. Their confidence and self-esteem was given a boost and they began to love reading. Becoming a confident reader was paving the way for them to become a confident learner. Our students were being rewarded with the golden ticket of becoming a life-long learner.”
Karen McColman,Retired Literacy Lead, Kengewin Teg aggregate
“Thank you for sending such excellent (assessment) team members that are excited to be at our schools. We love working with people that see our students as the bright beautiful spirits they are; they shine when others recognize this in them. We look forward to hearing back any updates and future visits regarding our Confident Learners program.”
Simon Bird,Director of Education, Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Saskatchewan
“Two of the most important roles of the Elementary Principal is instructional leadership and support. The Confident Learner Program is the tool we can use as Principals to do just that. It is concise, data driven, student-centred and teacher friendly. It has allowed me to learn alongside the teachers about literacy development and improvement of instructional practice.”
Neil Debassige,Former Principal, Lakeview School, M'Chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island
“As you move through literacy programming, one of the things I find is that with current balanced literacy approaches, guided reading, all of the questions that our early literacy teachers are asking are ‘what happens when a student gets stuck? What happens when we are looking at those things and say, I don't know what to do next. I don't know how this child is moving.’ When we dug deeper into literacy in Saskatchewan, we had focus groups who were talking about all the same kind of things. What I found with Confident Learners is that it became the answer to some of those questions moving from the balanced literacy approach, then moving into specific skill based. What are the skills that have been gapped over time or missed? Splitting it into that conversation that we're having around language and coding Confident Learners has comprehensively addressed some of those questions that a lot of educators have been asking for a lot of years.”