Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Fort Saskatchewan will be part of a pilot project to improve literacy.
Elk Island Public Schools will be testing the program at all of their Fort schools and if all goes well, it could expand to the entire school division.
"We are working together, focussing on building teacher capacity and schools are going to be pooling their classroom improvement funds to hire part time literacy leads for each of the schools," explained Trina Boymook, EIPS chair.
It's part of a deal teachers struck with the province last spring that will see each teacher with five half days for collaboration to enhance their expertise in reading and providing strong literacy programs.
The program will give teachers new and different tools to help students learn new reading skills and improve their reading across the entire curriculum, not just in Language Arts and English class.
"This is an area that we've definitely been focused on, in the last two years, in literacy and numericy [skills] and seeing that one-year growth in each of our students."
They're giving the pilot project one school year to see if it makes an impact on the students' learning abilities and reading skills.

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