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Our Program

The Confident Learners vision is to ensure all students are fluent readers and confident learners by the end of the third grade. The first four years of elementary school is the key period when children learn to read. Children who make the transition from ‘learning-to-read’ to ‘reading-to-learn’ by the end of Grade 3 are positioned to succeed in school and beyond.

Apply theory

         ....because educators need a common and effective understanding of literacy skill development.

The Confident Learners Literacy Pathway is an innovative roadmap based on the science of literacy development – an ordered series of essential literacy skills – designed to reduce the risk of literacy failure. It draws on the widely recognized “simple view of reading”1 , outlining 20 Steps of Code-Related Skills, and 20 Steps of Language skills required to achieve reading fluency. Learn more about skill domains covered by the program.

For children to become successful readers, they must not only master the ability to accurately decode written language, but also understand the meanings of words and how they combine in phrases, sentences and paragraphs. With the model of common achievement programs in mind, the Literacy Pathway clarifies these instructional objectives for teachers and facilitates parental engagement.

Build capacity

         ...because each community’s needs are unique.

The Confident Learners Professional Development Framework is based on those factors research demonstrates improve learning in the K-3 period.
Teaching in the classroom It enables whole-school growth in areas ranging from quality instruction, student engagement, community context, to time devoted to learning at home and school. In addition to professional development delivered by education experts, the program provides a model for continuous school improvement, school-led professional learning modules, and parent and community engagement resources. Learn more about becoming a Confident Learners school.

Inform instruction

         ...because every child needs learning tailored to their unique skills and abilities.

Formative and summative assessment tools give teachers immediate and ongoing visibility into structured learning objectives appropriate for each child or groups of children learning to read.

The program includes standardized student placement tests, classroom record keeping to monitor skill development, and step-by-step assessments to validate that a child is ready to advance to the next step on the Literacy Pathway. Students' learning needs are mapped in the Confident Learners web application, enabling efficient student grouping, lesson planning, progress monitoring, and reporting.

Foster confidence

         ...because children succeed when they develop a positive sense of identity as learners and community members.

To become a confident learner, all children need many and varied learning opportunities that are grounded in their culture. The Confident Learners program takes a child-centered approach to skill development and learning, enhanced by engaging social and multi-sensory teaching activities that maximize learning while promoting pride in Indigenous language and culture.
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1 Rose, J. (2006). Independent review of the teaching of early reading. London: HMSO: Department for Education and Skills.

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The Learning Bar
200-527 Queen Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick, NB E3B 1B8

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