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WSD administrators and educators joined their peers from
across the province for the recent Manitoba Summit on Literacy and Numeracy.
The Jan. 9 to 11 event, which was organized by Manitoba
Education and Training, was an initial step in co-developing a long-term
provincial literacy and numeracy strategy.
“We’re hoping this literacy and numeracy strategy will look at the
best and most effective models in improving student learning across the
province, and how we can create the supports around those best models so they
can be effective in different school settings,” said Superintendent of
Education Services—Curriculum and Innovation Celia Caetano-Gomes.
WSD had a sizeable group of educators at the event, which included superintendents,
directors, consultants, principals, vice-principals and teachers from both
elementary and high school.
“We tried to have people attend who have had many different
perspectives and experiences when it comes to literacy and numeracy,” Ms.
Caetano-Gomes said. “For example, we had staff who represented schools in the Inner City; schools with
newcomers and refugees; schools offering French Immersion programming; schools
participating in successful literacy and numeracy initiatives; schools
with unique support programs for at-risk students.”
Literacy and numeracy are embedded across all subject
areas and are considered to be important lifelong skills. Beyond simply reading
and writing words, or adding and subtracting numbers, literacy and numeracy
encompass the ability to
make connections to real world contexts and other content areas, model and
communicate thinking, create and think critically.
Results from recent pan-Canadian and international
assessments show that Manitoba students are not achieving at the same level as other provinces
in the areas of literacy and numeracy.
of Manitoba Education and
Training and the Minister of Education have indicated that they would
like to see Manitoba be the most improved province from where we are today,”
said Ms. Caetano-Gomes. “To achieve this, they are collecting voices from all
the different partners and stakeholders. This will lead into a provincial
strategy that is to be released in March.”
Current provincial assessment tools focus on reading, writing
and math; but in the broader sense, literacy can be applied to a fluency in key
competencies and skill sets in other areas, such as science.
“We are curious to see if the upcoming strategy will look at
the broader collection of literacy achievement and progress for students,” Ms.
“Research shows that
with a strong foundation in literacy, students will have better success in other
areas. There were a lot of conversations about what that foundational literacy
needs to look like across the province.”
from school divisions, private sector, daycare workers and universities came together
to discuss how to best to support both students and staff in literacy and
that came up in the different stakeholder group discussions was the barriers facing students,” Ms.
Caetano-Gomes said. “These are barriers of poverty, trauma, being new to
Canada, mental health and individual experiences. There are a lot of different
issues, but there was willingness across the different stakeholder groups to
look for partnerships with other organizations and agencies to help address
these barriers for children. If we can provide better supports to students
facing these barriers, it will support literacy and numeracy achievement, as well as overall wellbeing.”
Along with establishing a strong model of literacy and
numeracy practice in schools, Ms. Caetano-Gomes hopes the strategy will also
place emphasis on support systems.
“I’m hoping the strategy will also look at those partnerships
and support models to
make schools as successful and empowered as they can be, reduce barriers for students and
families and build the academic journeys of students development as