Educators in Manitoba and Saskatchewan came together at Insights Manitoba to address the literacy barriers for the most vulnerable early learners. Our guest speakers were joined by Dr. J. Douglas Willms who presented his framework outlining the factors that most strongly influence a child’s learning from conception through to adulthood.

Details of the day are outlined below.

9:00 – Overall welcome
Christine Hole, Product Director, The Learning Bar (MC)

9:10 – Introduction – Positive indicators of literacy development among vulnerable children
Gordon Martell, Superintendent, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

9:30 – Educational prosperity in Manitoba’s schools
Dr. J. Douglas Willms, President, The Learning Bar

10:45 – Breakout Session

11:15 – Improving early elementary school experiences for vulnerable learners
Christian Michalik, Assistant Superintendent, Louis Riel School Division

1:00 – Engaging with data to empower action
Christine Hole, Product Director, The Learning Bar

1:30 – Using data to inform programming, build relationships, and engage the community
Deborah Burnside, Student Services Coordinator, Swan Valley

2:00 – Imagine: First Nations early learners as Nation Builders
Lori Whiteman, Executive Director, Treaty 4 Education Alliance