LITERACY FOR LIFE: A Conference for Children, Youth, and Adults
The Literacy for Life conference was first held in the spring of 2006 and has become an annual event that is a highlight on the calendar for thousands of elementary and secondary students in Saskatoon Public Schools.
The purpose of the conference is to provide children and youth with mentors and models of good literacy. Students attend sessions led by local, national and internationally recognized authors, illustrators, journalists, storytellers and other literacy role models during sessions held at the University of Saskatchewan and in their schools. To date, more than 120 presenters have taken part in the conference.
Literacy for Life has grown to encompass a host of opportunities for student learning including sessions for French immersion students and sessions that highlight First Nations culture and learning.
The conference supports the Saskatoon Board of Education's Literacy for Life strategic priority and its goal that all Kindergarten to Grade 8 students will achieve at or above grade level in reading, writing, and mathematics. They will be engaged in their learning and graduate as active participants in lifelong learning and as responsible, caring, culturally responsive citizens in the community, nation, and world.
The Literacy for Life conference is a success due to the support of business and community members coming together to recognize the importance of literacy and to better understand the impact literacy has throughout one's life. The contributions of corporate sponsors, partners, donors, school community councils, and individuals who purchase tickets to the annual Literacy for Life gala ensure this learning experience is cost-free for students.
Keynote presenters at past galas and conference events have included:
Yann Martel, David Bouchard, Senator Jacques Demers, Susan Aglukark, Tom Jackson, Bob McDonald, Rick Mercer, Joseph Boyden, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, and Sally Armstrong.