Science and Trauma Informed Literacy Education

This full-day session will provide K-12 educators in various roles with insights into the importance of literacy development at all ages and stages through a social justice lens.

Participants will develop foundational knowledge about how the human brain learns to read (and write), explore the critical components of science and trauma-informed effective literacy instruction to help all students reach their potential, and gain insight into why this knowledge is important for all educators to have.

We will explore what science and trauma-informed literacy actually looks like in the classroom. There will be many examples from the primary grades; however, many of the strategies and resources are applicable to settings with novice or struggling readers and writers in any grade. There will also be strategies and resources shared that specifically apply to intermediate and secondary settings. 

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10:30 AM - 2:45 PM

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  • UNBC
    Melanie Baerg

    Melanie Baerg is a full-time faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Northern BC and part-time School Psychologist with School District 28 (Quesnel). She is certified by the BC Association of School Psychologists, where she sits as an Executive member. Over the past decade, Melanie has worked as a School Psychologist in rural/northern BC communities (Haida, Gwaii, Coast Mountains and Cariboo CHilcotin). Prior to this, Melanie was a middle/secondary classroom and Inclusive Education teacher for over ten years in the Lower Mainland and on Haida Gwaii. She has held the District Partner role for several Provincial Outreach Programs, including POPARD, POPFASD, POPEY, POPBD and PISP. Literacy development and effective instruction for all learners in K-12 have been paramount throughout her career in education.

  • Kate and Erin Lyon and Trask

    Kate Lyon and Erin Trask are from Prince Rupert and started their teaching careers in their hometown in the mid 1990s. Kate has over 25 years of teaching experience, with the majority of those years spent working and learning with vulnerable and at-risk children and families. Erin has 30 years of teaching experience in the classroom and as a learning support teacher, with 10 of those years in the Quesnel School District.  Currently, Kate and Erin are teaching Kindergarten using a structured literacy approach that is beneficial to all learners but absolutely essential for many. The results in their classrooms are compelling and have encouraged them to share their learning journeys and knowledge with others. Kate and Erin are key administrators of the Science of Reading - British Columbia Facebook page.