The Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg (RCGW) has been dedicated to promoting literacy and developing lifelong readers since 1956. We have a proud history of being a literacy leader in Winnipeg and its surrounding area. We are a Special Area Group of Educators (SAGE) of the Manitoba Teachers' Society and a local council of the International Literacy Association.
RCGW provides professional development for educators, shares resources and ideas on our website, celebrates I Love to Read month, promotes literacy in the community, honours literacy leaders and up-and-coming teacher candidates, and supports literacy projects. Join RCGW today!
Here are some upcoming professional learning opportunities you may find interesting.
Pembroke Publishers will present Supporting Student Mental Health, a free webinar, on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6 p.m. Central with Kathy Lundy, author of Teaching Fairly in an Unfair World and Creating Caring Classrooms, and Joey Mandel, author of Stop the Stress in Schools and Moment to Moment. Both Kathy and Joey are from Ontario. (In addition to amplifying the voices of Canadian educators, Pembroke Publishers also distributes Stenhouse Publishers in Canada.)
Today’s students are dealing with unprecedented changes, issues, and demands. Author-educators Joey Mandel and Kathy Lundy have the tips and tools you need to respond to kids’ feelings, questions, and challenges in proactive and positive ways.
The International Literacy Association (ILA) will present Culturally Relevant and Responsive: Literacy Instruction in 2021 and Beyond, on Tuesday, March 9, 1–4 p.m. Eastern. The event will feature keynote speaker Gloria Ladson-Billings, host Pamela Mason, and panelists Lucía Cárdenas Curiel, Matthew R. Kay, and Guofang Li. ILA writes that the event will address "how educators can identify the effects their own backgrounds and implicit biases have on teaching and learning; how to question pedagogy and policies that negatively impact learner outcomes; and proactive steps literacy and school leaders can take to dismantle oppressive systems." The cost to register is $99 USD.
Also, if you missed ILA Next this fall, you can now purchase learning packages as part of ILA Next On Demand. The packages feature the main stage sessions, learning labs, and pathway workshops. These webinars are available until August 15, 2021 and vary in price. Many RCGW board members participated in ILA Next this fall – and they loved the experience! Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from inspiring educators.
The Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg is proud to support literacy throughout Manitoba. As part of our outreach initiatives, we support members through awards and literacy grants, and we provide scholarships to teacher candidates who demonstrate excellence.
Our annual awards program recognizes those who have made valuable contributions to literacy in our province. With teachers going above and beyond to teach their students safely during the pandemic, we believe there is no better year to nominate deserving teachers. Nominations are due April 9, 2021. Learn more.
Two $500 scholarships are available to students in a Bachelor of Education program who plan to teach in Manitoba after graduation. Applications should be committed to furthering literacy and language arts skills of all students. Applications are due April 9, 2021. Learn more.
RCGW Literacy Grants
We have two literacy grants of $500 to offer members who design projects that improve the quality of literacy instruction, demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the impact of literacy, and promote development of literacy proficiency for all individuals. Applications are due February 26, 2021. Learn more.
September 23, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom
Board meetings are open to all members. Please consider attending!
We welcome book reviews, articles about teaching strategies, and other submissions. Please contact the Editor.