The ability to read, and read well, is a skill that follows students for the rest of their lives and yet it’s shocking how many children lack the early education support they need to develop this essential competency.

Providing proper literacy instruction in my district, the Northern Lights School Division in central Canada, has its own specific challenges. We serve more than 4,300 students spread out over half the entire province of Saskatchewan, and 87 percent of our students are of Indigenous descent, often speaking English. However, due to only being second-generation English speakers with some family members who still speak...

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  • About the Author:

    Cindy Young is the Vice Principal and special education instructor at the Gordon Denny Community School in Air Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada. She can be reached at cindyyoung@nlsd113.ca.