FREDERICTON (GNB) – Two new guides focusing on inclusion and literacy have been developed to support francophone educators in the classroom.

“I thank everyone who contributed to these ambitious projects for their commitment to improving the learning experience of their students,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “Education is one of your government’s key priorities, and these resources will help teachers and educators meet the needs of all learners.”

The guide S'ouvrir : Se donner les clés pour réussir l'inclusion scolaire is a collection of real-life scenarios designed to support school inclusion. This collective effort contains case studies and comments that clear up some of the confusion faced regularly by educators.

“This is an important educational resource because for each story presented in the book, there are comments by various individuals in the school system promoting inclusion,” said project manager Gina St-Laurent. “Advice offered is designed to present avenues for removing barriers and to encourage greater reflection in order to progress further along the school inclusion continuum.”

The Guide pratique : La lecture dans un modèle de littératie équilibrée supports the literacy reference framework released in 2015. It puts forward methods, tools, and resources suited to training competent, confident young readers.

This guide is the most recent in a series of four resources intended to support elementary school teachers in literacy teaching and learning in all school subjects. The previous guides focus on learning oral communication and writing.

“Within a professional learning community, the practical guides are reference tools that help enhance the workers’ understanding of the main components of literacy and orient their decision making and interventions, while adopting effective literacy practices based on literacy research outcomes,” said the designer and main collaborator, Marie-Josée Long, from the Francophone Nord-Ouest school district. “These guides will promote standardization of educational practices within a school district or a school, which will result in more aligned, consistent, and targeted teaching in order to optimize literacy learning by all students.”

The publication of the two resources was supervised by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in priority areas to encourage students to become lifelong learners, create an inclusive learning environment, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.