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Powell River Board of Education
Learners Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow
Literacy Initiatives

Powell River Community Literacy Plan

Since 2007 the School District, in cooperation with the Powell River Literacy Council, annually submits a Literacy Plan to the BC Ministry of Education and Decoda Literacy Solutions. This document provides a collaborative plan to address literacy needs within our community. Components of the Community Literacy Plan includes the following six objectives:

  1. Maintain ongoing funding for the Literacy Outreach Coordinator,
  2. Raise public awareness,
  3. Embed literacy services in daily activities,
  4. Train and support serviice providers,
  5. Advocate for a new Library,
  6. Maintain ongoing funding for local literacy programs.

School District 47 Literacy Plan (Appendix D)

The current goals are:

To improve student achievement in reading. Specific activities include:

  • Early intervention programs for identified at-risk kindergarten students. 
  • Early intervention programs for identified students in grades 1-2. 
  • Summer reading program for at risk students in grades 1-2 
  • Differentiated instruction for specific grade 2 students who are not reading at grade level. 
  • Use of leveled classroom reading materials in grades 3 to 8. 
  • Expand the variety of genre and reading material in school libraries. 
  • Provide additional reading intervention teachers and support to targeted lower performing schools. 
  • Provide the Wilson Reading program, which uses direct one on one reading intervention, delivered by specially trained personnel. 
  • Provide the computer based Abracadabra reading remediation program. 
  • Promote the use of a balanced reading program. 
  • District reading teacher works with teachers, providing instructional assistance to strengthen delivery of a balanced reading program.

To improve student achievement in writing. Specific activities include:

  • Balanced writing framework developed and initiated at the elementary level. 
  • Additional intervention instruction for targeted students. 
  • Grade group teacher meetings to support implementation of the balanced writing framework plan for the year. 
    School wide writes. 
  • Differentiated writing instruction using BC Performance Standards. 
  • Broadening the opportunities for presentation and recognition of student writing. 
  • Professional development specific to improving writing instruction. To improve student achievement in numeracy at the grades 4 to 8 levels. Specific activities include:
    • Focus on improving skills in mathematical problem solving in grades 4 to 7. 
    • Focus on improving skills in working with grade appropriate number concepts in grades 4 to 7. 
    • Focus on improving skills in statistics and probability in grade 8. 
  • Grade group teacher meetings to discuss and share strategies to address areas of weakness, as
     identified by district assessments. 
  • Teachers will use assessment results from 2010/2011 to inform their instruction for 2011/2012. 
  • The district will develop additional strand concept and problem solving assessments to further
     assist teachers. 
  • Provide the Jump Math program.
Aboriginal Literacy Program Offerings In School District No. 47 (Appendix C)
The current goal areas are:
  • To improve student achievement in all areas of literacy. Specific activities include:
    • Guided reading program.
    • Summer school opportunities – Read and Rec.; Rec. and Tech
    • District reading teacher provides training to intervention teachers new to the program.
    • All day Kindergarten program focusing on building literacy skills through integration of First Nations cultural elements.
    • Initiate a balanced reading program of instruction at the intermediate levels.
    • Provide instructional assistance to teachers in the regular classroom to strengthen delivery of a balanced reading program with the key elements of guided reading, literacy circles, and reading in the content area instruction.
    • Small group leveled instruction at the primary and intermediate levels for lower performing Aboriginal students.
    • Provide release time and funding to encourage teacher leadership programs and action research projects in the area of differentiated materials and instruction for First Nations students.
    • Provide SSA support so that mini comprehension practice sessions can be held with individual targeted students.
  • To improve student achievement in all areas of numeracy. Specific activities include:
    •  After school tutoring is provided. 
    • After school assistance for grades 8 and 9 via online learning.
    • Focus on improving skills in mathematical problem solving and working with grade appropriate number concepts in grades 4 to 7.
    • Teachers will use assessment results from 2010/11 to inform their instruction for 2011/12. 
    • The district will develop additional strand concept and problem solving assessments to further assist teachers.
    •  A grade group meeting will be organized at each grade level so colleagues can discuss and share strategies to address the areas of weakness identified by the district assessments.
  • To continue to offer the Klah Ah Men Language Program from kindergarten to grade 12.
  • The Sliammon First Nations representatives will look for ways to increase student participation at the higher grade levels.

Related Documents:

2013/14 Achievement Contract

2014/15 Powell River Community Literacy Plan