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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