After 3 years of Cenovus Energy Inc. grant money totalling $600,000 the final literacy order was recently delivered to the Hutterite Brethren Colony schools. Grasslands Public Schools in Brooks, Alberta and the County of Newell now have Literacy Place for the Early Years, Moving Up with Literacy Place, Stepping Up with Literacy Place and Levelled Literacy Intervention at hand for teachers and students with many thanks to the Cenovus employees for not only the grant money, but also in assisting with delivering resources to schools.
|Kindergarten to Grade 3|
|Grade 7 - 9|
|Grade 4 - 6|
|Levelled Literacy Intervention|
Many thanks also go to Kim Jemus at Scholastic Canada and Stacey Doetzel at Pearson Canada who were always present in helping with ordering materials and arranging professional development sessions for teachers and administrators.
Grasslands teachers have attended professional development sessions focussed on both classroom literacy best practices as well as targeted intervention strategies for students who struggle with learning to read and write. This ongoing professional development will continue into the future as teachers learn together and develop a common language of literacy learning across grade levels and school communities throughout the district.
The hard work and dedication of teachers to improving literacy instruction for their students is already being seen across the division as every Grade 1-6 Grasslands student is assessed using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System. Our student's results are improving, sometimes in leaps and bounds. Congratulations to all for your continued learning and many thanks to the partnership with Cenovus Energy Inc. for supporting our literacy learning.