Fostering Literacies to Empower Life-Long Learners

 

Fostering Literacies

New technologies and evolving methods of communication and sharing drive expanding understanding of literacy. This reality has made the refinement and demonstration of strong literacy skills ever more important for learners. Exploring and connecting various ways of knowing and learning is part of the process of personalizing learning and involves embracing new literacies and skills. The school library learning commons has a leading role in assisting learners to hone and apply an expanded notion of literacy as well as fostering an active reading culture.

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Literacy LeadershipLibrary Learning Commons (LLC) leadership team supports traditional literacy (reading, writing, listening, speaking).
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LLC leadership team fosters multiple literacies (information, media, digital).
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LLC leadership team designs and applies learning experiences to nurture all literacies.
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LLC leadership team leads the school community in designing learning for transliteracy.
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Engaging ReadersStudents self-select reading texts from the collection and report that they enjoy reading for pleasure.
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Students participate in organized reading programs.
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Students engage in face-to-face and virtual book clubs based on their interests.
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Students help build a community of readers.
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Information LiteracyTeacher-librarian/LLC teacher instructs students in information skills to prepare them for research and inquiry projects.
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Teacher-librarian/LLC teacher provides information literacy instruction in units and lessons to build student skills.
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Teacher-librarian collaborates with teachers to infuse information literacy instruction in learning experiences to ensure deep understanding of content.
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Teacher-librarian leads the school community in the design of information literacy learning strategies and processes in order to empower independent learners.
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Critical LiteracyStudents bring personal experiences and understanding to information and media by making text to text, text to self, and world connections.
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Students are critical consumers of information and media by developing questions before, during and after reading and viewing.
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Students use a variety of strategies to analyze, critique and synthesize information and media.
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Students construct and share new personal meaning using knowledge building technology tools.
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Digital Literacy and CitizenshipTeacher-librarian/LLC teacher teaches students how to be safe online.
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Teacher-librarian/LLC teacher teaches students to use information ethically and responsibly.
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Teacher-librarian teaches students digital rights and responsibilities to build their digital skills.
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Teacher-librarian empowers students to take ownership of their digital responsibilities.
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Cultural LiteracyLLC collection reflects cultural diversity, points of view and equity.
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LLC collection builds connections to Canadian identity.
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LLC program infuses cultural literacy.
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LLC program contributes to the co-creation of cultural literacy.
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Literacy PartnersLLC supports literacy in the home.
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LLC leadership team works with all teachers on programs to engage readers and build lifelong learning dispositions.
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LLC leadership team fosters partnerships with the local public library and librarians.
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LLC leadership team works with the community to develop and promote literacy for all.
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