Literacy Award 2011

The Centre for Literacy
the 2011 Literacy Teaching Awards

The Annual Literacy Awards have been created by the Centre for Literacy at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University, to promote excellence in literacy education in the educational community. Two awards were presented representing two Nipissing campuses: North Bay and Brantford.

The nominations were reviewed by a committee of the Literacy Centre Advisory Board. The winners of the award received a plaque, one hundred dollars and free registration at the Literacy Centre’s professional development conference in North Bay on May 13 & 14, 2011.

Ashley Gaves​, Northern Secondary School,Sturgeon Falls

Ashley Gaves is Northern Secondary School's Lead Literacy Teacher. She shines in the area of literacy promotion and development, and has created a literacy program that fits students’ needs. Ashley has influenced her colleagues to recognize the teaching of literacy as a collaborative and essential effort, and helps staff cultivate their skills through a number of initiatives: she team teaches with teachers who are incorporating literacy skills; she invites guest speakers to share ideas; she presents at staff meetings on new cross-curricular literacy initiatives such as graphic novels, and offers new ideas through her monthly Literacy Team Meetings; she communicates constantly will staff about student progress, and she has established and works with a group of teacher mentors who each assist 3-5 high needs' students weekly. Her success with the disengaged students is her greatest accomplishment. Literacy promotion at Northern is forever changed thanks to Ashley Gaves. She has and continues to make a difference.

“Grade Five Team” ~ Steve Anscheutz, Chris Shearim , Cecilia Vrugteman
Banbury Heights School, Brantford

The members of the “Grade 5 Team” exemplify the inquiry, collaborative practice and reflection that is inherent in the Teaching and Learning Critical Pathway model of precision teaching and professional development. Using common prep time and working together outside school hours, the team develops, implements and refines highly engaging and integrated curriculum activities for grade 5 students and students integrated from a class of identified exceptional students with communications learning disabilities who work with SEA equipment as the primary vehicle for their teaching and learning.

Together, the members of the team have created and implemented a school- wide initiative to encourage reading at home and school. “Read to Succeed” is a school wide, sport-themed reading initiative. The team has involved staff and the community in supporting and acquiring sponsorship for the program. The “Read to Succeed” program has further encouraged students at Banbury Heights School in reading both fiction and non-fiction texts. It has placed a focus and priority on the habit of taking time to read outside the school environment, enriching the literacy experience for all students in our school.​​