The conference program features a range of sessions that will interest teacher-librarians and educators from all levels, and anyone interested in improving their teaching skills in literacy (e.g. visual, critical, etc.), research, and technology.  Please contact Heather Daly if you have questions: hdaly@sd43.bc.ca or 604-937-6380.

Keynotes include: Dr. David Loertscher, San José State University School of Library & Information Science and Chris Kennedy, CEO / Superintendent of Schools, School District #45 West Vancouver.  Featured speakers include: Dr. Joanne de Groot, Dr. Ann Ewbank, Adrienne Gear, Judith Comfort, and over thirty other amazing educators.

October 18 and 19

Riverside Secondary School, Port Coquitlam

Detailed program information and registration is now available here.

~text from the BCTLA Coquitlam 2012 Website

Children’s Literature in the Classroom: Engaging Lifelong Readers

“Many reading programs today overlook an essential component of literacy instruction—helping children develop an enduring love of reading. This authoritative and accessible guide provides a wealth of ideas for incorporating high-quality children’s books of all kinds into K-6 classrooms. “

~from the Publisher’s website

Author profile here.

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Check out the Education Library’s new addition to the dvd collection: Why Reading Matters. A BBC 4 Production.

“Science writer Rita Carter tells the story of how modern neuroscience has revealed that reading, something most of us take for granted, unlocks remarkable powers. Carter explains how the classic novel Wuthering Heights allows us to step inside other minds and understand the world from different points of view, and she wonders whether the new digital revolution could threaten the values of classic reading.”

 ~text from the publisher’s website. Publisher’s information here.
 

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“Patrick Ness’s novel A Monster Calls has won both the prestigious Carnegie Medal and its sister prize for illustration for the first time in the awards’ history.”

~from the BBC News Website. Read full article here.

Publisher information and discussion guides here.

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Enjoy a new addition to the collection at the Education Library: Reading the World: What Young Children Learn from Literature.

Reading the World is invaluable for early years teachers, nursery nurses, teaching assistants and other practitioners, but will appeal also to parents and carers, those who teach children at Key stages 1 and 2 and to students on initial teacher training courses. It will be of interest to the growing body of students following programmes on children’s literature and book making.”

~from the Publisher’s website

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Read the results of three public meetings hosted by the VSB surveying public opinion of the future of Vancouver Schools.

Full Vancouver Sun article here.

By Zoe McKnight, The Vancouver Sun May 27, 2012

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Check out the latest DVD on waste-free living: The Clean Bin Project. Filmed in British Columbia, this multi award winning documentary questions Canadian attitudes towards waste and presents options for sustainable living.

“Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning, festival favourite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage.  Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste.  Even as Grant and Jen start to garner interest in their project, they struggle to find meaning in their minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our “throw-away society”. Described as An Inconvenient Truth meets Super Size Me, The Clean Bin Project features laugh out loud moments, stop motion animations, and unforgettable imagery. Captivating interviews with renowned artist, Chris Jordan and TED Lecturer Captain Charles Moore, make this film a fun and inspiring call to individual action that speaks to crowds of all ages.”

~from the Clean Bin Project website

The Clean Bin Project Blog

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Read the latest news on a community meeting about Vancouver school issues from The Vancouver Sun. Community Meeting information here. Meeting is Tuesday, May 15 at Britannia Secondary School.

By Janet Steffenhagen  May 8, 2012. 3:59 pm • Section: Report Card

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The Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure

Check out the award-winning Suomen Lasten Kalevalaclassic epic Finnish literature, compiled from ancient oral poetry. Beautifully illustrated by Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin; translation by Kaarina Brooks.

UBC Library Information Holdings here.

Publisher’s Information here.

Adolescent Literacy in the Academic Disciplines: General Principles and Practical Strategies  (New York: Guilford Press, © 2012)

Edited by Tamara L. Jetton and Cynthia Shanahan

Guilford Press Publisher’s description and review here.

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