Building communities of literacy learners takes time and collaboration among educators, families, the school, and the community. Relationships among the educator, students, families, Elders and community groups must be thoughtfully developed.
Educators build these relationships by:
• inviting community groups into the classroom to share their expertise; and
• sharing resources and supports for literacy learning with students and families.
(Early Reading Strategy, 2009)
Opportunities are provided for community involvement in reading literacy and learning through:
• inclusion of community members and Elders in school-wide literacy events;
• invitations and encouraging community groups to participate in and support literacy events;
• family accessible community resources and supports (e.g. Saskatchewan Literacy Network, provincial literacy hubs, Public Libraries, Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre, Newcomer Centres); and
• community literacy events hosted by School Community Councils (SCC).