Wednesday 19 January 2011

Quick Hit: National Reading Summit II

The National Reading Campaign is holding its annual summit in Montréal, from the 20th to the 21st. This group of like-minded and hardworking individuals are working toward the adoption of a national reading policy for Canada, clearly a worthy cause. Patsy Aldana, one of the founders of this campaign, was recently awarded the Order of Canada. For those of you who are unable to attend, they will be hosting a webcast that you can subscribe to. Simultaneous translation into English and French will be provided. It is an impressive group that they have assembled for this year's meeting, including Shane Peacock, Stanley Péan, and John Ralston Saul. Also speaking is Mr. Li, the principal of a fascinating and highly successful school centred entirely around reading. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Li and can attest to the fact that his approach to education has the potential to revolutionize how we view the role of reading in our schools. I would encourage all of you to consider participating in this summit via web-cast and helping to support this valuable undertaking.

(Videos from last year's summit have generously been posted on their website.)

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