The Centre for Literacy
the 2012 Literacy Teaching Awards
The Annual Literacy Awards have been created be the Centre for Literacy at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University, to promote excellence in literacy education in the educational community. Two awards were presented representing two Nipissing campuses: North Bay and Brantford.
The nominations were reviewed by a committee of the Literacy Centre Advisory Board. The below winners of the ward received a plaque, one hundred dollars and free registration at the Literacy Centrea's professional development conference in North Bay on March 30 & 31st, 2012.
Christina Davis (FJ McElligott Secondary School, NNDSB)
Christina Davis was nominated for her outstanding leadership and enthusiasm in promoting literacy education in the Near North District School Board. Chris introduced Mattawa Reads to Mattawa where she applied for grants from Trans Canada Pipeline to purchase "Hannah's Suitcase" in 2011 and "The Book of Awesome" in 2012. The successful program has fostered a love of reading within the community.
In addition, she has been a co-lead in the Questioning Structure Project at the Board level. Chris' role has been to educate teachers in using Questioning Structure to increase student achievement. At F.J. McElligott, she has worked with a team of teachers to develop strategies to implement Questioning Structure into their lessons, assessments, and evaluations. The result has been an increase in student achievement due to increased comprehension and engagement.
Roberta Henry (Assumption College School, Brantford)
Roberta Henry was nominated for her commitment to students, sharing her love of reading and writing, and for her tireless work to this end. In addition to her classroom duties,Roberta is also the co-chair of the Assumption College School Literacy Committee, and is responsible for the development and delivery of the preparation program for the 350 students who annually participate in the writing of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy test. She co-ordinates the schedules, develops the literacy tasks and creates a web site for communication with parents.
Roberta recently piloted an "E-reader" program where she provided two of her classes with class sets of electronic books as a trial to explore this new learning tool. The pilot project has been met with great enthusiasm by both groups of students; more so than was ever anticipated. It is because of one teacher and her profound education and enthusiasm that these students have a new found joy in literacy and love for reading.