Building a reading community
Can you imagine the possibilities if the extended community worked together in support of reading? Calgary Read’s ‘Building a Reading Community: An Asset and Action Approach’ offers a roadmap for organizing around literacy. The resources and strategies are designed to help your school community work through an easy-to-follow process to maximize all available opportunities and assets in the extended school community and to spark action in support of reading.
An example of collaboration in action, Calgary Reads has worked together with Cafe to integrate the key elements of community-development to support literacy development. This partnership has resulted in a resource that designed to guide schools through a process to purposefully build a community where all children read with confidence and joy. Each school is unique in its combined assets, student and family population and school-wide focus.
There are many pathways to literacy and learning. By working together we will discover the one that is right for our school.
This Asset and Action Approach offers schools, families and communities an avenue to come together with intention to understand what’s already working and why?, to dream together about future possibilities, and to take action that will be relevant and meaningful to their community. A Supporting Literacy Cafe offers a great place to start in bringing people together in conversation around the importance of reading.
Building a Reading Community is designed to support schools in their efforts to impact a value shift toward reading as a priority, to increase capacity of supporting adults, to improve access to quality literacy resources and to increase the engagement of families, schools and community in the joy of reading and learning.