A Grassroots Movement: How 3 Speech-Language Pathologists are Changing Reading Instruction in Their School Board
Working for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, three Speech-Language Pathologists have spent the last two years working towards revolutionizing reading instruction across their school board. Starting with a passion for early literacy and a deep understanding of the reading brain, these S-LPs delivered hundreds of hours of professional development to educators, focusing on the WHY of reading instruction, before creating evidence-aligned materials for the HOW of the reading brain. Educators first learned about the reading brain, then how to think in sounds, how to use a sound wall, and how to focus on phonemic awareness. To support educators in aligning their teaching practices with the reading brain, the S-LPs created evidence-aligned materials that could be used both for in-person learning and virtual classrooms. Join this session to learn how change can be made from the bottom up.
April Hackett, Tiffany Kalsi, and Julie McDermid