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Research Literacy and Language Arts

Exploring Visual Literacy: Secondary Teacher Reflections on how Visual Literacy Impacts Adolescent Learning

Lois Keller
Karon Guttormson
Jacqueline Helman

This action research project aimed to explore how teaching visual literacy would impact teaching and learning. Teachers and consultants worked collaboratively to explore how visual literacy could be incorporated into the classroom. This project recognized the historical privileging of print-based media and recognized that multiple forms of texts are increasingly prevalent in their students’ worlds…

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Superhumans: How Teachers Use Graphic Novels to Improve Engagement in Student Learning

Scott Allen

This researcher explores the impact on student engagement of including graphic novels as part of English or French language arts programs at the secondary level. Four teachers meet regularly to collaboratively plan and reflect on the use of graphic novels in their classes. The study found that students were prepared for class, completing their homework,…

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Developing a Collaborative, Intellectually Engaged Team to Support Reading Comprehension

Davin Hildebrand
Cheryl Treptow
Andrea Pearson
Michelle Hildebrand
Daryl Pearson

Collaboration, intellectual engagement and reading comprehension instruction are merged in this project as a team of teachers in a single school explore how a focused collaborative team can impact student learning. The team found that to impact student learning a holistic view of reading comprehension, time, teacher autonomy, professionally led professional development and collaboration through…

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Early Education Reading Intervention for ELL Students

Diana Jemieff
Barb Ludba
Corey Holowachuk

This study examines and attempts to develop best practices in reading interventions for English language learners (ELLs). The project focused on primary grades (1-3) and looked at strategies teachers could use to support ELL students. The research included developing effective strategies, collaborative professional work time, the importance of one-on-one time with ELL students and the…

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Effectively Supporting the Professional Development and Growth of Teachers

Susan Plant
Jennifer Dorval

Learning coaches are privileged to have a place within the school system.  Learning coaches operate under three “C’s”: consultation, collaboration and coaching. This research project involved two experienced teachers, one beginning teacher and the two learning coaches who explored the impact learning coaches could have on teaching and learning in a school division. Throughout the research the…

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Creating Opportunities for Using Family Funds of Knowledge to Support Literacy Skills

Callie Lewry
Sharla Currie

The overall purpose of the research is to explore ways to engage families in using and sharing their family funds of knowledge to increase literacy skills in early childhood. A community kitchen approach is used in a community school experiencing limited parental involvement to draw families together to learn from and support each other and…

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A Closer Look at Visual Literacy, Year Two: High School Teacher Experiences On How Visual Literacy Impacts Learning

Lois Keller
Jacqueline Helman
Karon Guttormson

This project builds on the inquiry of a completed action research project by refining the original investigation: How does increasing visual literacy instruction within secondary classrooms increase engagement in learning? This project addresses the gap in digital and visual literacy skills expected for students in grades 9-12 in content areas and beyond school contexts but…

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Instructional Leaders Supporting Implementation of Effective Literacy Instruction

Jennifer Dorval
Dawn Paylor
Anita Dolan
Susan Plant
Cheryl Treptow
Kristin Becotte

This project explores how a literacy team can provide effective and meaningful professional development and support in early literacy in a geographically broad area with diverse needs. The purpose of the study is to explore the most effective methods to impact teacher knowledge of research-based literacy strategic and instrumental practice to impact grades 1-3 student…

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