Posted on February 26th 2020
Coming Soon @BCLiteracyCount1
Facilitator - Carrie Froese
Date and Time - TBA
Odyssey ProD Conference 2020
Posted on January 19th 2020
BE THE HUMMINGBIRD: DO to UNDO
A Journey Started with Indigenous Reconciliation through Children’s Literature & Voice.
On Friday, February 14, I had the privilege of addressing an audience of 30 at the Odyssey 2020 conference with the Langley SD #35. My workshop explored three children’s stories and books, Flight of the Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanass, Taan’s Moons: A Haida Moon Story by Alison Gear, and The Six Cedar Trees by Margot Landahl and Celestine Aleck and how these stories can be introduced in the classroom to present Indigenous knowledge in ways that honour and celebrates Indigenous gifts. Representing the BCLCILA, the book The Flight of the Hummingbird was the door prize and was also the highlight of the workshop.
Like the hummingbird in the forest fire, it is our time to do what we can to undo the historical regret, that education has been used as a tool of oppression for Indigenous people. Conversation, from the perspective of the animals standing around the fire, centred around politics, environmental issues and most importantly explored ways that education can be a voice for Indigenous reconciliation. Attendees were invited to identify the fire in their own lives that they are making an effort to put out. I shared my own journey with the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement and my exploration of ways to let the story of reconciliation reveal itself through the voices of children.
Linda Klassen is an educator of over 30 years. She is the Principal of Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School in SD #35 and the Vice President of the BC Literacy Council for International Reading Association.
Creativity Through Cookbooks
Posted on January 19th 2020
This event was hosted by BCLCILA members, Kelly Patrick, and Polly Dobie at Point Grey Secondary School. Over 25 educators came together to hear Kelly share her experiences as an author of cookbooks and discuss reading, writing, and talking about food. Thanks to Dianne Martinson for facilitating the break-out session on Travel and cookbooks; to Carrie Froese for facilitating the session about supporting elementary literacy learners; and Polly Dobie for facilitating the session for secondary teachers. And yes, the snacks were wonderful:)
Posted on October 12th 2019
Annual General Meeting
Place: David Livingstone Elementary School (315 East 23rd Avenue, Vancouver) Library
Date: October 2, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Congratulations to the Executive Committee for 2019-2010
Past President – Mike Bowden (appointed)- District Principal Indigenous Education, Kamloops, B.C.
President – Carrie Froese – Principal David Livingstone Elementary School
Vice-President – Linda Klassen – Principal Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School
Membership Secretary – Kelly Patrick - Librarian at Point Grey Secondary School, VSB
Secretary – Polly Dobie - English Teacher at Point Grey Secondary School, VSB
Treasurer – Garth Brooks – retired / long time ILA member, actively planning and participating in ReadingBC events
Provincial Coordinator: Karen Addie - Elementary teacher at St. George's Junior School
Thanks to the others who put their names forward for the election. Your efforts towards building a literacy presence in British Columbia through the BCLCILA are very much appreciated.