LOMCIRA has always been synonymous with “committed literacy educators”. Over the years, many people have come together to talk books (for old and young), kids and classroom environments. Many of you may have attended meetings at Schou in Burnaby, sharing sessions at VSB schools or conferences in hotels. This past year, LOMCIRA has gone into dormancy. Although there are still a wealth of committed literacy educators in the Lower Mainland, a group of people have not stepped into the existing International Reading Association group structure.
A unique opportunity exists for a group of like-minded individuals to step forward and create a new literacy group that meshes with their needs and goals. In the past, LOMCIRA took on large projects and invited researchers and published authors to stimulate discussion about applications of research into the classroom. A new group may decide to meet periodically throughout the year to discuss the latest ReadWriteThink ideas or invite an author to talk about their writing process.
BC Literacy Council members could also be invited to support the group and share their wealth of knowledge. In my capacity as provincial coordinator, I’d be more than happy to work with International Reading Association members to familiarize them with the opportunities in the IRA or ways to organize sharing sessions or meetings. Certainly all of us can tell you about the amazing opportunity of going the IRA Annual General Meetings like the one coming up in New Orleans. I presented with The Canadian contingent at an AGM in New Orleans. The Jazz Festival, the food, especially the beignes were as amazing as participating in symposiums and meetings with the people have written the books we love to discuss.
Please let me know if you would be willing to work with educators in the Lower Mainland in meeting the goals of bringing current research and quality literature into our classrooms.