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Ontario English Catholic Teachers

Reading

Part 1

This course, including its modular format, examines the reading process and the stages of reading development. Emphasis is on classroom instructional strategies for assessing growth and the development of reading competencies. Participants examine the importance of children/adolescent literature, both fiction and non-fiction and its relationship to literacy development. Participants will be involved in discussions and presentations and will participate in seminars relating to current practices and issues. The course, including its modular format, is open to all elementary and secondary school teachers who have one of the following basic qualifications: primary, junior, intermediate or senior division.

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Part 2

Reading Part 2 expands the knowledge and skills acquired in Part 2 and integrate them in their practice. Reading Part 2 supports the expectations outlined in the Ministry of Education curriculum policy documents and other Ministry of Education policies. Candidates will be involved in in-depth discussions and presentations on reading instruction and will participate in seminars and group work relating to current practices and issues. Reading Part 2 provides candidates with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the foundations underlying vision and philosophy of reading instruction. Candidates will explore in an integrated delivery model, topics and issues of particular relevance to the educational context in which they work or may work. This course is open to all elementary and secondary teachers who have a basic qualification in general studies and who have completed Reading Part 2 and one year of successful teaching experience.

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Specialist

Reading Specialist focuses on leadership skills required to promote effective reading instruction; planning coordinating, implementing and evaluating current Ontario Curriculum, policies and guidelines, creating partnerships between community and school; evaluating and allocating resources; promoting the use of information and communication technology; and demonstrating an understanding of effective staff development strategies to support effective reading instruction. This course is open to all elementary and secondary teachers who have a basic qualification in general studies or technological studies and who have completed Reading Parts 1 and 2 and two years of successful teaching experience.

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