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Schools were involved in a large-scale collaborative teacher inquiry project designed to

address the gender gap in literacy achievement. Included were both elementary and

secondary schools, some of which worked with small samples of boys and some of

which worked with the entire population of boys in the school. Teachers and

administrators examined which strategies mattered most in terms of their effect on boys’

engagement with and achievement in literacy development. Of high importance was the

fact that this project was closely aligned with ongoing provincial initiatives concerned

with resource and staff development. Teacher inquiry was meant to be a key

complement to school reform and literacy-based initiatives presently underway in

schools and districts.

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Boys’ Learning and Literacy Information

 

The Ontario Ministry of Education, as part of an initiative to support student success in literacy, has identified boys’ literacy and learning as a priority. The Guide, Me Read, No Way, is based on an international review of effective practices and is intended to stimulate discussion of this important issue among educators in Ontario and to provide practical and effective strategies that teachers across the province can put to use in the classroom, both immediately and over the longer term.

 

Why Boys?

 

All educators share the common goal of providing equitable learning opportunities for every student in the classroom. Providing equitable opportunities for girls is a familiar topic; providing them for boys is a relatively recent issue, but one that is appearing with increasing urgency on education agendas around the world.

 

Quick Facts:

 

Boys typically score lower than girls on standardized tests in the language arts.

 

Boys are more likely than girls to be placed in special education programs

 

Boys are less likely than girls to go to university.

 

Dropout rates are higher for boys than for girls.

 

An increasing volume of evidence indicates that gender is a significant factor in both choice of reading materials and reading achievement for boys and girls.

 

Towards a solution

 

Addressing the needs of boys effectively will require dialogue and the collective expertise and talents of all partners in the education process, including government, educators, parents, and community members. Among these partners, however, educators play a particularly important role in determining how individual students develop as readers and writers. It is critical that we provide classroom experiences that respond to the interests, needs, and learning styles of all students, and that we explore ways to engage boys and girls equally as readers and writers.

 

 

 

Strategies for Success:

 

Drive the point home:

 

Engaging parents in boys’ literacy

 

 

 

The relationship between parental involvement and student success is well-established.

 

Engaging boys’ parents in the school’s literacy program by keeping them informed and

 

getting them involved has the potential to greatly enhance boys’ involvement and

 

achievement in reading and writing.

 

For More Information see the Boys’ Literacy Website: Guyzzone


The Ontario Ministry of Education has published a brochure about boys and reading.

Where the brochure gives tips and facts to improve boys’ reading and literacy capabilities.

The Boys’ literacy brochure can be found here.

Boys Need Help!

Posted: June 20, 2012 by hcakir in Ministry of Education, Parent Chat

All educators share the common goal of providing equitable learning opportunities for every student in the classroom. Providing equitable opportunities for girls is a familiar topic; providing them for boys is a relatively recent issue, but one that is appearing with increasing urgency on education agendas around the world.

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Parents guide to IPRC

Posted: June 20, 2012 by hcakir in Ministry of Education, Parent Chat

The following information is provided to assist parents/guardians/caregivers in understanding the Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) process, and is based on requirements set out in Ontario Regulation 181/98 of the Education Act.

For more information about IPRC click Here

Hamilton Wentworth District School Board provides parents with information about Board policies, how to find a school, how to register your child, how to access your child’s marks, plus lots more.  Click  here to go to the parent section of HWDSB’s official website. There are links for specific parent help or involvement available on the left hand corner, such as “Home & School” and “Newsletters”.

HWDSB Library System

Posted: May 30, 2012 by hcakir in Ministry of Education, Resources, Web Tools

You can access valuable source websites as well as the school library catalogue in HERE.

In this virtual library you are provided with search engines for academic level sources for your essays. Access to your school’s library catalogue online. Also access to provided encyclopedias from the school board.

You can ask your school library for the login and password.