For the Love of Literacy

On Saturday, April 9, I joined more than 335 educators, librarians, parents and community leaders from across Halton at the 16th annual For the Love of Literacy Conference External Linkat Notre Dame Secondary School in Burlington. The annual conference provides an opportunity for Halton’s literacy community to come together to meet, learn and share ideas. 

Organized by the Halton District School Board External Link, the Halton Catholic District School Board External Link, The Ontario Early Years Centres External Link, Halton Region, Halton Public Libraries, Sheridan College External Link, and Charles Sturt University External Link, the Conference supports the belief that children’s language and literacy development is best met through shared enjoyment, informed modelling, and developmentally appropriate instruction.

Throughout the day, guest speakers and a variety of workshops stressed the importance of literacy as a key building block for a child’s success in school and in creating opportunities for children to learn and read. Halton Region works closely with early years and school board partners and others in the education community on a number of initiatives that support the importance of literacy and early learning for children.

During the day-long conference, attendees were treated to a keynote address from Kevin Sylvester External Link, renowned author, illustrator, and broadcaster. His best selling children’s books include, Sports Hall of Weird External Link; Shadrin Has Scored for Russia; and Gold Medal for Weird External Link which was awarded a Silver Birch External Link for non-fiction in 2007.

Further information regarding the Conference can be found at www.fortheloveofliteracy.ca External Link.

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