What is Literacy?
Literacy is about more than reading and writing – it is about how we communicate in society. It is about social practices and relationships, about knowledge, language and culture. Literacy … finds its place in our lives alongside other ways of communicating. Indeed, literacy itself takes many forms: on paper, on the computer screen, on TV, on posters and signs. Those who use literacy take it for granted – but those who cannot use it are excluded from much communication in today’s world. Indeed, it is the excluded who can best appreciate the notion of “literacy as freedom”.
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board recognizes that literacy education is a cornerstone of the work we do with students. Literacy is embedded across all subject areas in secondary schools. Programs are based on research-proven strategies supported by the work of the Student Achievement Division of the Ontario Ministry of Education. Key aspects of literacy programs include oral language; modelled, shared, guided and independent experiences in reading and writing; and media and critical literacy. Teaching and learning strategies cater to the diversity of our students’ cultures, experiences and needs.