Category: News

In Unique Times

Hi Everyone, We are certainly in unique times as we try to negotiate our way through this year.  Just a reminder to all sites using Fast ForWord to support our students – this program continues to be online. Students can continue to work through the exercises assigned by teachers....

Summer Time

One thing we’re always doing is reflection. The end of year offers a chance to review our year and think about next steps. What is front and center is the work you’ve all done to support students. In whatever role you do, our students are the heart and center...

Thinking Math Supports?

In partnership with Ron Coleborn (Math consultant), we are pleased to announce two Math softwares available for teachers: Dreambox Learning (Math) Skoolbo (Math and Literacy basic skills) (Canadian version) DreamBox is an online Math resource (K-8) intended to support personalized instruction for students from intervention to enrichment. The ongoing formative...

“Citizenship” is Everyone’s Business

February 1st is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, the day before Groundhog Day, the day (1920) of the newly established Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  But more importantly, it is the official launch of our Digital Citizenship Initiative (K-7). While some may hone in on the...

Welcome Back!

Starting a new year is always exciting and this year cannot be any different. We’ve done some updates to the blog – please take time to familiarize yourself with the organization (you’ll find new consent templates, Admin section now under Program…). New training sessions (for new sites and any teachers...

New Beginnings

A huge welcome to our new sites – South Slope, Marlborough, Buckingham, Burnaby South Access Program and Moscrop Access Program.  A great time of learning with all teams and we continue to have more gatherings in the near future to continue the conversation of supporting our students. The days...

Nov-Dec Newsletter is Out

  Our November-December newsletter is now published.  Read what’s new and exciting in our district.  As well, you might not have been aware that you can take advantage of purchasing MS Office at home (for only $11). Click here for this edition. Or select the tab > News to find all issues....

A New Year – New Opportunities

Welcome back!  It’s been a fabulous summer, especially with the spectacular weather offering lots of opportunities to rest, rejuvenate and re-energize. We anticipate a very exciting year filled with new connections and new ways to look at past practices.  This summer, some schools were upgraded to the new Active...

Discovery and Relationships

It’s June and I’m really not sure what happened to this year.  The ten months prior have whizzed by and here we are again.  I wanted to take this moment to share some reflections of the year. Our Fast ForWord teams saw a boost and challenge in the delivery of this...

Reading Connections and Interventions

Many of you have taken advantage of accessing Reading Levels.  These products focus on elements that bridge to reading – decoding, spelling, sentence and paragraph comprehension.  As well, practice with word play, categorization and comprehension strategies serve to enhance areas that are weak. The program follows the same protocols...

iPad/iPod Apps ShootOut – Multisensory Blitz

District Pro-D arrived on February 22nd.  Offered at two sites (Byrne Creek and Taylor Park) complete with video feed of our keynote to Taylor Park, it served as a reminder that connection, collaboration, ideas generation happen when we all come together.  With over 110 sessions, it was an electrifying...

Mid-Year Milestone

It’s February.  Congratulations everyone – You’ve reached the mid-year point! Those of you who started this journey in October are now well underway.  We’ve had some huge challenges with the full conversion to the online platform.  Much of it was technical – thank you for all your patience through...

Reading and Adolescent Brain webinar

Sometimes you think … what is happening in that adolescent brain! Even after repeated intervention, there appears a lack of improvement.  Dr. Martha Burns of Scientific Learning will be sharing some insights on Tuesday February 5 (12:00pm) via live webinar.   Sign up via your Fast ForWord (teacher) link...

Hot Off the Presses – January News

It’s blustery and nippy outside.  What better time than to dig into our latest newsletter of the year! Filled with hot items, as well as keep you up-to-date with the latest workshops and learning sessions.  And who can resist those little tips and tricks that make teaching life both...

Something to Think About

I came across this article on Edutopia that once again reflected the importance of teachers’ understanding of how the brain works.  More specifically, how the brain’s plasticity helps our work in teaching.  Things like how memory is enhanced, how stress affects memory construction, or triggers in student behaviours can...
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