Learning Assistance Teachers' Association

LATA Annual Conference 2019

 October 25,2019
  Vancouver, BC

Keynote - Creating Literacy Communities to Nurture and Expand Our Readers

Our classrooms are communities of readers and writers, mathematicians and scientists, artists and thinkers. We come together in the fall as a diverse group of learners and spend a year growing, discovering, exploring and redefining ourselves. This is exciting work we do! Without a strong community, it is nearly impossible to effectively teach literacy. So how do we make sure our classroom communities inspire, empower, motivate and support all learners - while teaching the important curriculum and standards that are required?

We will discuss:

  • structuring the classroom space to nurture and support our literacy learners
  • building community within a comprehensive literacy framework
  • supporting readers’ and writers’ identity and how teachers can help create literate identities
  • the power of read aloud, shared reading and interactive read aloud to engage children in conversations and thinking that builds community
  • small groups and conferences that support and empower all readers and writers
  • ways we can support our striving readers and writers in a way that empower them as literacy learners
  • literacy across the curriculum



  • Katie Keier

    Katie Keier has been a classroom teacher and literacy specialist in grades K-8 for twenty-four years. She is currently a kindergarten teacher in an urban Title I school. A National Board Certified Teacher in the area of literacy, Katie has a Reading Specialist certificate and a master’s degree in Literacy Studies. She has participated in Literacy Collaborative for three years and is trained in Leveled Literacy Intervention. Katie also participated in the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program for five years and continues to do ongoing professional development with this great program. Katie is an adjunct faculty member for American University (teaching the following courses: Play and Learning, Children’s Literature: A Critical Literacy Approach, Literacy Instruction and Assessment, and Literacy Through Technology, Media and the Arts) and conducts staff development workshops and interactive webinars.