Conference for Youth Literacy and Numeracy

May 11, 2014

BRANDON, MB – Educators from school divisions across western Manitoba are converging at Brandon University (BU), for two-day workshop on new ways to help early years students with literacy in language, multi-media and numbers.

Dr. Cam Symons, BU Faculty of Education and one of the conference organizers, says participants will learn how to develop a more inclusive approach that engages all children, especially those challenged by current teaching techniques.

“We will explore frameworks and models which help students to think deeply about words and numbers, and better communicate their thoughts, feelings, and solutions,” says Dr. Symons.

Dr. Jennifer Katz addresses particpants during literacy workshop at BU (web)

Dr. Jennifer Katz addresses participants during literacy workshop at BU

Nationally-known education consultant Dr. Jennifer Katz, Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba and founder of the Manitoba Alliance for Universal Design for Learning (MAUDEL), will be chief facilitator. She is the author of “Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning”, and has worked as an advocate of inclusive education in several provinces and territories.

Nearly 200 educators from a dozen school divisions will take part in the event, sponsored by the Brandon University Student Chapter of the Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Symons says, “It’s great to see the enthusiasm shown by the school divisions in our area, getting up to speed with the newest learning techniques and principles.”

“The Faculty of Education is pleased to support this important initiative aimed at enhancing educational opportunities and outcomes across Manitoba,” says Dr. Heather Duncan, Dean of the Faculty.

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.
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For more information, please contact:
Dr. Cam Symons
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
204-573-6522
symonsc@brandonu.ca
Glen Kirby
Communications Officer
204-727-9762
kirbyg@brandonu.ca