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Background

History

For many years, International Literacy Association members (previously IRA) have been active in British Columbia as BCLCIRA, LOMCIRA (Lower Mainland Council), CINCIRA (Central Interior Council), and VIRA (Victoria Council).

What has remained constant has been the passion of educators across the province for improving the literacy proficiency of our students. Members have gravitated to the International Literacy Association with the quest to become part of a community focused on considering and implementing the very best literacy practices for our students.

Recent Changes

Some of the key changes over the years have been the expanding the conversation about reading to include writing, speaking, listening, thinking skills, neuroscience and technology.

People are busier and seeking our ways to build community in different ways. The British Columbia Literacy Council of The International Literacy Council is trying to respond to those changes by broadening the opportunities for engagement focused on literacy in the province.

We are very excited to outline what we have in mind and are certainly open to the suggestions of all of our International Literacy members in British Columbia.

Our website has some great information and links to the International Literacy Association site should you be interested in becoming a member. Currently all ILA members living in British Columbia are members of the provincial council as well and have a vote at the Annual General Meeting. The ReadingBC Facebook page has been revitalized and is growing daily. The intention is to have a page devoted to making connections with literacy educators, parents and advocates to further the conversation about books, interesting information and professional development. The Provincial Coordinator, Carrie Froese, set up this page and is the administrator at this time.

Check out http://readingbc.ca and Connect via Facebook at ReadingBC

Conferences:

Kristen Ziemke was scheduled to speak at Fall Conference 2014. Although this was cancelled due to job action, I was able to connect with her at ILA 2015 in St. Louis and she is still keen to come to Vancouver. We are hoping to make this happen. Over the years, conferences have been attended widely and we have brought in IRA board members and/ or supports such as Jerry Johns, Colleen Cruz, and others.

Book Clubs: #ReadOnILA

Groups of ILA members are encouraged to come together with colleagues to explore some of the ILA books written by prominent researchers. A number of books have been chosen with the intention that several groups will read the same book and, provided with a structure, will share with other members within British Columbia or perhaps further afield. A group with a minimum of 3 ILA members can apply for funding to defray the costs of books and meetings.

PLEASE COMPLETE FORM A
Online Conversations:

#ReadOnILA will be invited to submit thoughts and questions about books they are reading via OneNote or response to the blog of the Provincial Coordinator in BC - Inquire2Empower (carriefroese.wordpress.com). A basis for questions to be used for scheduled TwitterChats or Blabs about the ReadOnILA selections. These twitterChats will be open to all ILA members. Participation by authors and non-ILA members is encouraged. Dates/times of TwitterChats to be posted on the Twitter feed and BCLCILA website when book groups are formed.

Inquiry Groups:

Asking questions that matter leads to meaningful learning for both children and adults alike. Many researchers have written on the power of inquiry in the process in creating meaningful change (Leadbeater 2012 & Dockendorf 2014). Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser's book Spirals of Inquiry (2013) did an excellent job of outlining the process and significance of educational inquiry with the focus on key inquiry questions.

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ILA Community Project Group:

Many International Literacy Association members retain their membership long after they have retired. Several of these retired members have expressed interest in holding community based literacy events. An application for funding can be submitted for community actions that focus on literacy for children or educational events / speakers of interest to literacy educators and/or parents or caregivers.

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Form a Literacy Committee of the British Columbia Literacy Council of the International Literacy Association:

This option would require the strong commitment of a group of ILA members to come together with the intention of developing a Literacy Committee over a period of several years. It would require a minimum of 6 ILA members: Start-up funding for the group would be available for the 2015-16 year. The group would then be responsible for raising funds for future activities and events and holding funds in a council account.

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No Cost Items for Consideration & General information

Conferences

TwitterChats - to be facilitated by Carrie Froese / no cost item / participants from book clubs, community actions groups and inquiry groups may choose to participate

Funding Applications Available:

Application for Funding of a Book Group - #ReadOnILA
Amount per ILA member to defray the cost of the book (receipts required)
Amount per member to go towards meetings (receipts required)

Application for Funding for Community Action Group
Proposal and Budget for Community Action Project supporting literacy

Application for Funding of an Inquiry Group
Cost of Spirals of Inquiry to facilitate the process (Halbert & Kaser, 2013)
Cost of materials to support the inquiry (receipts required)

Application for Forming a Literacy Committee of the BCLCILA
Fill all positions and submit information to Provincial Coordinator
Set regular meetings (minimum of 4 per year)
Send minutes of meetings and financial reports to Provincial Coordinator
Send activity reports for inclusion on BCLCILA website (ReadingBC.ca)
Sign an agreement that all funds raised under the banner of BCLCILA or ILA are to be submitted to the BCLCILA in the event of the literacy committee going into dormancy.
Possible activities:
Featured Literacy Speaker (possibly BCLCILA exec member - in person or via Skype
Author Visit (for students, educators)
Parent Education Session
Literacy Fair

Notice of AGM 2017
Posted by Froese on May 31st 2017

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Place: Amenity Room, The Lauren (Ring #0910)

1051 Broughton Street and Comox Street

Vancouver, BC V6G 0B6

 

AGENDA

 

  1. Welcome and Introductions / Mike Bowden

  2. Regrets (Attendance)         / Mike Bowden

  3. Additions to the Agenda / Motion to Approve / Mike Bowden

  4. Acceptance of the Minutes / Mike Bowden

  5. President’s Report / Mike Bowden

  6. Treasurer’s Report / Garth Brooks

  7. Provincial Coordinator’s Report / Carrie Froese

  8. Outreach Report / Carrie Froese

  9. Membership Report / Carrie Froese

  10. South Central Literacy Council / Mike Bowden

  11. Acceptance of Financial Statements / Garth Brooks

  12. Election of Executive 2017-2018

    1. Nominations

All B.C. members of ILA in good standing (current International Literacy Association membership) are encouraged to put their names forward

  1. Proposed Resolutions/New Business / Mike Bowden

    1. ByLaw Review / Carrie Froese

    2. Strategic Planning Committee / Mike Bowden

    3. Grant/Project Committee / Mike Bowden

    4. ILA Canadian Reception / Garth Brooks

    5. CSIG-L / Garth Brooks

    6. ILA Attendance / Requests for Support / Mike Bowden

    7. Financial Institutions/ByLaw / Mike Bowden

    8. Annual Calendar / Mike Bowden

  2. Next Meeting / Mike Bowden

  3. Closure

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Author Visit Margriet Ruurs
Posted on January 12th 2017

Margriet Ruurs will be sharing her new book Stepping Stones - A Refugee Family's Journey at the Reading B.C. Meeting on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Norma Rose Point School in the Learning Commons.

4 pm - Meet other literacy educators and chat

4:30 pm - Author Reading  **Children welcome to attend with an adult

5:00 pm - Reading BC Meeting - British Columbia Chapter of the International Literacy Association

Note:  Children are welcome to attend with an adult

 

 

 

 

 

Reading BC Annual General Meeting
Posted by Carrie Froese on May 15th 2016


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BRITISH COLUMBIA LITERACY COUNCIL OF THE INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION


NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Place: Amenity Room Ring #0910

1051 Broughton Street @ Comox Street

Vancouver, BC V6G 0B6


AGENDA


  1. Welcome and Introductions / Mike Bowden

  2. Regrets (Attendance)             / Honey Halpern

  3. Additions to the Agenda / Motion to Approve / Mike Bowden

  4. Acceptance of the Minutes / Mike Bowden

  5. President’s Report / Mike Bowden

  6. Treasurer’s Report / Shirley Choo

  7. Provincial Coordinator’s Report / Carrie Froese

  8. Outreach Report / Honey Halpern

  9. Membership Report / Carrie Froese

  10. South Central Literacy Council / Mike Bowden

  11. Acceptance of Financial Statements / Shirley Choo

  12. Election of Executive 2016-2017

    1. Nominations

All B.C. members of ILA in good standing

are encouraged to put their names forward

  1. Proposed Resolutions/New Business / Mike Bowden

    1. ByLaw Review / Carrie Froese

    2. Strategic Planning Committee / Mike Bowden

    3. Grant/Project Committee / Mike Bowden

    4. ILA Canadian Reception / Garth Brooks

    5. CSIG-L / Garth Brooks

    6. ILA Attendance / Requests for Support / Mike Bowden

    7. Financial Institutions/ByLaw / Mike Bowden

    8. Annual Calendar / Mike Bowden

  2. Next Meeting / Mike Bowden

  3. Closure

Literacy Grants
Posted by Carrie Froese on May 28th 2015

BCLCILA is supporting International Literacy Members in British Columbia with funding for professional learning and events to support literacy in the community.  A fund has been designated to enable ILA members in B.C. to design inquiry projects, book clubs and community based literacy projects.

To date over five groups have applied for and received funding to support literacy in their communities.  You could be next.  Please apply.


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