Literacy Leader in Action

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Developing shared beliefs will be influenced by the experience of the staff and their past held beliefs and ideas about reading.

  • Begin by examining current beliefs and engaging staff in dialogue. Challenge staff to consider the potential of success for all students.
  • Clearly articulate school wide beliefs about reading and what practices occur that support those beliefs.
  • Conduct a validation check by referring to: Big Ideas of Reading
  • Emphasize the importance of Métis and First Nations content and perspectives by helping staff understand what makes this different than overall diversity. See First Nations and Métis Content Perspectives and Ways of Knowingtoolbox_routman

Discussing, sharing and developing shared beliefs will allow for all staff to come together in their thinking and determine what they believe about reading. It is only once staff develop shared beliefs that instructional practices will begin to be transformed.

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A staff brainstormed their beliefs using questions and sticky notes. Their Saskatchewan Reads team then summarized the sticky notes to create five belief statements.



Listen to Mickey Jutras, who led his staff in providing responsive instruction based on individual student needs. This, along with a collective responsibility for all students, has resulted in great improvements in reading.

Interview with Mickey Jutras, former school administrator, Pleasant Hill Community School, Saskatoon