Language, Literacy and Learning: Making a Difference for the Indigenous Learner
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Language, Literacy and Learning: Making a Difference for the Indigenous Learner
Presented by: Donna Ross, Lyse Cormier & Sue Christianson
Located at: FFCA - Learning Centre
110 - 7000 Railway St. SE, Calgary, AB
About the Session


We know effective practices for all learners, including Indigenous learners,  include attention to the learning environment, learning in context and real world learning. Understanding where a person is coming from in terms of their cultural and linguistic background supports the relationship-building process which is critical to learning. In this session, learning from literacy, learning while doing, and effective language practices will be demonstrated to create responsive teaching strategies. Throughout the presentation story telling will be woven in to model an effective tool and to encourage humor and laughter when integrating instruction with Indigenous learners.

This learning opportunity is being offered through a grant from Alberta Education.

About the Presenter(s)

Donna Ross is currently contracted with the Calgary Regional Consortium to provide Education for Reconciliation and Foundational Knowledge of Alberta’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. She brings a strong understanding of literacy and storytelling from an Indigenous perspective.

Lyse Cormier is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been working for Rocky View Schools since 2008. She graduated with her Masters of Communication Disorders from Dalhousie University in 2006. Lyse has been working with elementary aged students since 2009 and has recently begun providing speech and language for the First Nations students who attend Glenbow School in Cochrane.

Sue Christianson is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 35 years of experience in education, community health and private practice. Sue has worked extensively with Indigenous students with specific focus on language, literacy and laughter in the classroom. Sue currently works with Rockyview Schools in the Cochrane area.

Fee: $15.00

Includes: light snacks

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