In 1999, the North Vancouver School District published Reading 44, the first in a series of literacy teaching resources that now includes Our Turn to Talk, Firm Foundations, and Writing 44. All of these resources, which are based on the belief that all teachers are teachers of reading, have proven to be highly successful in improving the literacy skills of our students and in garnering the attention of researchers and educators across the globe.
Our newest teaching resource, the Literacy 44 website, builds on the foundation of our previous Reading 44 and Writing 44 print resources and features the following components:
(1) Links to the Twelve Reading 44 Strategies and the Eight Writing 44 Skills.
(2) A focus on a comprehensive and integrated approach to literacy development, including oral language, reading and writing, with many cross-curricular applications.
(3) Reading-Writing Connection lessons from K–12, with an emphasis on Pre-/During/Post-Reading instructional activities for each lesson.
(4) Integrated technology to support teaching and learning, with links to online resources.
(5) Materials to support effective literacy instruction, including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, Graphic Organizers and a book list.
The Literacy 44 website will continue to increase the capacity of teachers by deepening our understanding of effective literacy practices with integrated technology.