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Kindergarten teacher Jenna Derouard reads to her class at Ecole Robert Browning.

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Julia O'Sullivan delivered an important message to the Manitoba School Boards Association, as detailed in Success highest for young readers (March 15).

Teachers in training need far more extensive coursework in the area of literacy to understand the complexities of the reading process and, in turn, deliver quality instruction to future students.

The International Reading Association, a global, non-profit organization committed to literacy endeavours, presents specific guidelines with respect to the number of courses required to achieve this goal.

For elementary-years teachers, the IRA recommends nine to 12 credits -- a minimum of three courses focusing specifically upon literacy instruction. For middle and senior years teachers, one course in the area of content-area reading instruction or adolescent literacy is recommended as the minimum requirement.

These guidelines should be considered by the MSBA as well as our universities' faculties of education. If such guidelines were adopted, the learning outcomes of all students would most certainly improve.

JESSICA KOWALL

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 20, 2014 A14

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