Professional development workshops to feature international literacy experts (09/10/21)

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Oct. 21, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - More than 600 educators from New Brunswick are expected to attend two literacy workshops featuring education authors Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, better known as The 2 Sisters.

The 2 Sisters have gained international recognition in the education community for their popular literacy teaching model, The Daily Five. This model will be the focus of professional development workshops to be held today at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, and tomorrow at Crandall University in Moncton.

The Daily Five model aims to increase student stamina for independent reading and writing, enabling teachers to maximize time spent on literacy instruction and to manage learning assessments. Many schools across the province have begun using the model to assist with teaching literacy skills at the elementary level.

The workshops mark the first time that the 2 Sisters have presented their work in New Brunswick.

Minister of Education Roland Haché said that he is pleased with the high turnout for this professional development opportunity.

"In-service training provides educators with an opportunity to learn about new methods of instruction, motivates them to share and implement best practices in the classroom, and ultimately equips them with the tools to provide learning experiences that help students develop the skills they will need in the 21st century workforce," said Haché. "I'm pleased to see the enthusiasm, passion and energy our educators devote to providing students with the best possible education, and for their contribution to our goal of building the best education system in the country."

The workshops are held as part of a multi-year professional development plan to build New Brunswick educators' skills, a commitment made in the education plan, When kids come first. The workshops are being organized in partnership with Crandall University and St. Thomas University.


MEDIA CONTACT: Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.