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Online Zoom Summit

Closing the COVID-19 Gap Summit

with The Joyful Literacy Intervention Team

February 12, 2021

Professional Development Day

9:00AM – 3:30PM

Teachers everywhere are struggling to close literacy gaps that have developed due to lengthy COVID-19 school closures in the past year. The Joyful Literacy Team has developed an Intervention Framework proven to be effective at accelerating reading levels in a short period of time. We believe, from our experience and data, that when primary teachers implement this Framework in February 2021, many students will be caught up by June 2021.

For the past seven years the Joyful Literacy Framework has proven to be highly effective at meeting the needs of over 30%of Kindergarten students who typically enter school vulnerable. The same strategies have also proven to work quickly to meet the needs of students who have skill gaps resulting from COVID related closures.

This Summit will provide all participating K to 3 schools and teachers with a proven, step-by-step, emergency literacy-intervention plan. We will provide supporting materials online for participants to accompany the plan.

Illustration of flying books designed by lucas bell graphic designer in victoria bc

Introducing our Speakers

Barbara Coloroso Portrait

Dr. Janet Mort

The Joyful Literacy Intervention Team comprises five highly skilled and experienced classroom teachers and administrators who have applied our playful Joyful Literacy Intervention Framework for the past seven years proving resulting in significant reading achievement levels with vulnerable populations. Dr. Janet Mort leads the Team; she developed the framework after four years of research and has been leading schools and school districts in its successful implementation in hundreds of classrooms for the past seven years.

Nathan Reist

Nathan Reist

Chelsea Mytko Portrait

Chelsea Mytko

Nathan and Chelsea have been implementing the Joyful Literacy Framework for the past four years in their kindergarten classrooms. They have specialized in implementing basic Foundational Skills immersed in a thematic and playful approach. Their children enter grade one with over 85% reading at the grade one level – knowing their alphabet, up to 90 basic sight words, and reading PM Benchmark books with fluency. They are also inspiring speakers!

Darci Dheensaw Portrait

Darci Dheensaw

Darci has been teaching at the ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School for 35 years and has used numerous traditional approaches to teaching literacy over this period. She began implementing the Joyful Literacy Framework six years ago in her kindergarten classroom where about 50% of the children enter school vulnerable for a variety of reasons. Darci has developed remarkable playful intervention strategies for intense interventions with K and Grade 1 Foundational Skill instruction. As a result, over 90% of Darci’s children enter grade one at or above grade level.

Dianne Bassendowski Portrait

Dianne Bassendowski

Chelsea Mytko Portrait

Christi Munch

Dianne and Christi were among the first classroom teachers to begin implementation of the Joyful Literacy Framework in Peace River South where reading results leapt from 49% success to over 85%. Both have become school principals in the past two years as a result of their exceptional classroom and school leadership. They have become expert at tracking individual progress and developing classroom and school-wide interventions. They will share their dynamic plans for K to 3 classroom and school literacy leadership throughout the day.

Charlotte Diamond Portrait

Charlotte Diamond

Our children are at their happiest when they are singing, moving, grooving and laughing. Who better to remind of us at this than our lovable, musical BC star – Charlotte Diamond. Charlotte brings entertainment and inspiration to our summits, and provides us with lyrical motivation, demonstrations and an understanding of the place joyful and fun music – interspersed in daily classroom routines – can energize and give us all a lift in challenging times.

Summit Program

Friday, February 12, 2021
8:45AM – 3:15PM

* Pacific Time Zone (PT)

8:45 — 9:15

Welcome and Overview of the Day: Setting the Stage

Dr. Janet Mort will introduce the Framework with an overview of its genesis, why it is so appropriate for a Covid Catchup Project and the success rate schools have experienced during implementation.

9:15 — 10:15

Build the Foundation: Teaching,Testing, and Tracking Literacy Skills

The Team will share their stories and techniques for assessing and tracking students on a weekly basis to guide weekly planning for whole- and small group instruction. Participants will be provided with the Circle Charts along with tips for how to find the time for assessments, how to implement them and how to use the results.

10:15 – 10:30

Nutrition Break

10:30 – 11:15

Develop Playful Practice Centres

Each team member will share slides of their best and most effective practice centres. Participants will get take-home instructions for creating and implementing the centres.

11:15 – 12:00

Embed Skill Instruction in Themes and Fun

Joyful Literacy classrooms must be joyful in order to be successful. One of the ways to achieve this is to embed the Foundational Skill instruction in exciting and highly motivational themes that emphasize imagination and creativity. Our Team will share their experiences with us.

12:00 – 12:45

Lunch Break

12:45 – 2:00

Teach Fluency with Pizzazz and Drama

Of course, the purpose of teaching Foundational Skills is to provide students with a strong base for fluent reading. We know now how to teach fluency from kindergarten through the primary grades. We also have concrete evidence that daily fluency experience accelerates reading levels. Our Team will teach you how to implement a daily fluency plan that results in a dynamic Friday performance and reinforcement of Foundational Skills.

2:00 – 3:00

Implement the Blitz Intervention Strategy

The Blitz Intervention Strategy was invented by the Joyful Literacy Team. It is a powerful teaching and practice strategy that has proven to catch children up on Foundational Skills in just weeks. All members of the Team have implemented the Blitz and will share their techniques, tips and success stories.

3:00 – 3:15

End of Day Celebration! Charlotte Diamond Joins Us!

Summit Resources

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