Reading and growing in schools across Alberta
Creating a culture of reading is a collaborative effort, involving schools, educators, families, researchers, volunteers and community partners. The Alberta Reads Network brings all those groups together for a common purpose: to ignite children’s passion for reading.
Through this collaborative partnership, we work directly with school districts in urban centres as Calgary Reads Novels and with individual schools across the province as Chapters.
Our expanding network of Alberta schools is bringing the joy of reading to young students across the province. Trained volunteers are reading aloud to children, schools are hosting events to celebrate literacy and promote reading inside and outside the classroom and Calgary Reads’ programs, resources and supports are making a difference to hundreds of Alberta children every day.
What educators say about Alberta Reads
“This initiative fits beautifully with our professional learning focus of working and learning together to support all students in reading at or above grade level. Being a Reading Place school has kept the goal of confidence and joy at the forefront of our work.”
Rocky View Schools
“We have several students who did not enjoy reading and would resist reading with parents or teachers. Once our Calgary Reads volunteers started, these same students could not wait to go and read with their volunteers. They developed positive attitudes towards reading and their diagnostic reading test scores improved significantly by the end of the year.”
Calgary Catholic School Board
How to join
If you are a school district or a school leader interested in learning more about the Alberta Reads Network, please contact our executive director, Steacy Collyer to discuss pilot opportunities for your school.
We try to offer financial assistance for schools that can’t afford the Alberta Read Network membership fee. To apply for a chapter bursary, please complete the application form. For more information about other ways to obtain funding support for your school, you can contact Steacy Collyer
The number of schools Calgary Reads works with as part of the Alberta Reads Network in seven school boards across the province.
It’s a fact
In an average year, children spend approximately 900 hours in school and 7,800 hours outside school.