Category Archives: Author Spotlight

Faye Brownlie launches new website

Fresh off her appearance at the BCTELA Provincial Conference on October 23, author and educator Faye Brownlie has launched a brand-new website! From “Faye Brownlie is one of BC’s most sought after literacy and learning experts. She works in staff development in BC, nationally and internationally. A long-time advocate of improved learning for all […]

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A sneak peek from The Stone Collection

The Blackbird Cage There is a cage in a sunlit room. A bird sleeps. A songless bird. In a cage covered with cotton. The cage is round. There is no beginning, no end. This cage is a trap. This cage is a door. A trap door to freedom. Freedom wriggles and spirals and stretches like […]

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Congratulations David Alexander Robertson

THE JOHN HIRSCH AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING MANITOBA WRITER We are proud to announce that author David Alexander Robertson received The John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer at the Manitoba Book Awards ceremony on April 25, 2015. This annual award was established by the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts with a bequest from […]

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Congratulations Author Rhian Brynjolson

Rhian Brynjolson receives the Art Educator of the Year Award The Canadian Society for Education Through Art named Rhian Brynjolson recipient of the 2014 Art Educator of the Year Award. Rhian Brynjolson is a teacher, visual artist, award-winning illustrator of children’s books, and author of the PMP title Teaching Art: A Complete Guide for the […]

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Congratulations Author Dr. Jennifer Katz

Dr. Jennifer Katz’s book wins the Exceptionality Education International Book Prize Award. Resource Teachers: A Changing Role in the Three-Block Model of Universal Design for Learning by Dr. Jennifer Katz has received the 2014 Exceptionality Education International Book Prize Award. The award is presented for excellence in publishing in the area of special education. The […]

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Tales From Big Spirit Event

Highlights From The Tales From Big Spirit Book Launch A special thank you to Monique Woroniak, David Alexander Robertson, Scott Henderson, Andrew Lodwick, and Wai Tien for making the Tales from Big Spirit book launch successful! If you have read David’s graphic novels you know that there are many layers to his storytelling. Combined with […]

Leanne Simpson

Congratulations Leanne Simpson! Leanne Simpson, author of The Gift Is in the Making, has been named recipient of the inaugural RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Established jointly by RBC and the Taylor Prize to promote emerging talent in non-fiction, the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award consists of a cash prize, as well as the opportunity […]

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Writing Activities That Work for ESL/ELL Students

Writing activities that work for students learning in English as a second or additional language We learn to write by writing . . . Provide frequent opportunities for writing throughout the day. Students need time to write in reflection of their learning, to record new ideas, generate stories and poems, and to communicate information. (Brownlie, […]

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Instruction and Assessment of ESL Learners

Instruction and Assessment of ESL Learners: Promoting Success in Your Classroom By Faye Brownlie, Catherine Feniak, and Vicki McCarthy Assessment and the ESL Learner What teachers really want to know is how well their students can think, read and respond, problem solve, and express their ideas orally and in writing. (Brownlie, Feniak, McCarthy, p. 25). […]

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Collaborating to Ensure Success for ELL/ESL Students

Collaborate to ensure students learning in English as a second (ESL) or additional language have the best possible learning environment. Classroom teachers and ESL teachers benefit from each other’s support. In this way, the teachers work together, not side by side on parallel agendas. ESL teachers can model explicit language teaching while classroom teachers model […]

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