Okanagan Skaha Teachers' Union
697 Martin Street, Penticton BC  V2A 5L5
Phone: 250-492-4915     Fax: 250-492-5540

Session 18
Creating a Balanced Literacy Program in an Early Primary Classroom
Kirsten Odian & Tiffany Zral
Through this workshop, educators will have an opportunity to see how to design a comprehensive, balanced literacy program.  We will examine how to use assessment for, as, and of learning to drive instruction that will meet your students' needs.  Participants will see examples of how to integrate language activities to explicitly connect reading, writing, word work and oral language in an engaging way.  Opportunities to collaborate and connect with peers will be built into the session and we will share a number of tried-and-true resources and strategies that can be used in your classroom tomorrow!
Kirsten Odian: Kirsten has been a part of School District 67 since 2001 and is currently the vice principal at Giant's Head Elementary Schoo.  Her most recent classroom experience has been teaching grades 1 and 2 at Trout Creek Elementary.  She has a Masters of Education in Leadership through the University of Calgary.  Kirsten has been involved in numerous district and provincial initiatives around literacy and learning, such as Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) and Changing Results for Young Readers (CR4YR).  In her previous role as a district Early Learning and Literacy Helping Teacher, she supported StrongStart educators, Kindergarten teachers, and classroom teachers from grades 1 through 5.

Tiffany Zral: Tiffany's been teaching for ten years and has spent most of her career in grade 1 and 2classrooms.  She has worked in a number of schools within the Okanagan Skaha school district and was before that, she was a part of School District 53.  She has been a involved in district inquiry projects, such as Changing Results for Young Readers (CY4YR), and has been trained to use the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program to support vulnerable readers. 

Intended Audience:
Grades 1 to 2 classroom teachers, Learning Support Teachers, SpecEd Teachers, Administrators