November 30 | 4 - 6 pm | Duncan McArthur Hall | 511 Union Street

The Queen's Faculty of Education is excited to be working with our local boards and community agencies to offer literacy workshops as part of our Community of Practice initiative. These are open to all teachers working in schools, current students, and interested community members.

Three workshops will be offered from 4:30 - 6:00 pm, November 30th, in Duncan McArthur Hall.

The Community of Practice Events are professional development sessions which share expertise from our alumni working in schools, our faculty researchers, and leaders in our broader education community.

Explore the list of workshops and register for the event using our form.

Registration will be open from 4:00 - 4:30 pm in Room A241/242.


TruePhonics in the Primary Classroom
4:30 - 6 pm
Room A207

Presenters: Rosie Gatenby-Broeders, Supervisor of Education for BGC South East and Manager of Operations for The Reading Clinic Scott Compeau, Associate Director of Education for BGC South East

In this 90-minute TruePhonics workshop presented by BGC South East and The Reading Clinic, experts will share their experience delivering literacy instruction and remediation to children in the Kingston community over the last 20 years, and the new materials and techniques they are developing to improve access to a structured literacy approach for educators, students and their families. This session will also serve as an opportunity for current and future educators to learn about careers in community education through BGC South East.

Breaking Down Language Barriers with Daily Support for Intermediate (Grades 7-10) Students
4:30 - 6 pm
Room A240

Author: Amanda Watson, Curriculum Coordinator, HPEDSB
Classroom Teachers and Co-pilots: Ben Claxton, Maria Clements, Braden Montgomery, Kate Cockburn, Paula Penson, Bronwen Parr (all from HPEDSB)

The workshop will recap the development of the methodology HPEDSB has been using to support students as they navigate increasingly complex disciplinary language in the intermediate grades. Participants can see data, and what HPEDSB did to create a responsive learning experience for students. The workshop can demonstrate any of the lesson techniques depending on what participants would like to see and try.

Wandering and Wondering Verses: Exploring Place and Social Justice Through Poetry with Digital Apps
4:30 - 6 pm
Room A227

Presenters: Claire Ahn, Assistant Professor of Multiliteracies, Faculty of Education, Paul Akpomuje, PhD Student, Faculty of Education, Kyle Raymond, MEd Student, Faculty of Education

  • Are you interested in reading and writing poetry, and curious about multimodal ways of publishing your work?
  • Are you a high school English teacher or teacher candidate interested in finding more holistic, engaging, and appealing ways to introduce poetry?
  • Are you interested in topics about and/or how to engage in learning about place-based pedagogy and critical social justice issues through multimodal poetic approaches?
  • Are you curious about ways in which digital apps can be integrated into the classroom in complementary ways?

If yes to any or all of the above questions (or just curious), then this workshop is for you! We will introduce and engage the audience with PhoneMe—a digital app featuring place-based multimodal poetry—where a community of poets write and record poems about specific places that are geotagged on an interactive map that represents different voices and perspectives from around the world.