MSLA - Multiliteracies: Opening Windows to the World

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Manitoba School Library Association (MSLA)

Conference Title:
Multiliteracies: Opening Windows to the World

Location: Virtual - Online: Microsoft Teams

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021

How can we support a multiliteracy stance in our schools moving forward? We communicate and interpret meaning in many ways: music, art, print, movement, spoken language, land-based knowledge and technology represent only some of the forms of expression available to us. There are multiple ways to be literate and literacy is often dependent on context. Explore how building on meaningful life world experiences can provide opportunities for students to critically interpret and analyse "text” and how we can move forward in an educational setting that has been permanently altered over the last year.

8:15 am - 8:30 am Login to Teams
8:30 am - 8:45 am Opening Remarks
8:45 am - 9:45 am Session 1
9:45 am - 10:00 am Reflection and stretch break
10:00 am - 10:50 am Session 2 (2 Concurrent Sessions)
10:50 am - 11:00 am Reflection time and stretch break
11:00 am - 12:15 pm Session 3
12:15 pm- 1:00 pm Lunch on your own
1:00 pm - 2:20 pm Session 4
2:20 pm - 2:30 pm Reflection time and stretch break
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Session 5
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Closing remarks

In lieu of a keynote, we have the pleasure of experiencing an afternoon storytelling session with Leigh-Anne Kehler, established Canadian actor and storyteller. The storytelling session will immediately be followed by a session on how to use pattern and memory to help students build and tell their own stories. Please see Session 4 information for more details!

Leigh-Anne Kehler

Leigh-Anne has penned a total of eighteen original Fringe Festival productions, one professional one act and two stage shorts for Theatre Projects MB, one professional one act and three stage shorts for Northern Light Theatre in Edmonton and was commissioned to write two stage shorts for the Prairie Theatre Exchange Carol Shields Festival of New Works. With the support from the MB Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, Leigh-Anne has created several one- woman story theatre productions, two of which were invited to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

She’s an established actor and storyteller and has toured across Canada, to the jungles of Northern Thailand, across Japan and Denmark and has been an invited storyteller to the Toronto International Storytelling Festival, The Yukon International Storytelling Festival, and The Winnipeg and Regina Children’s Festivals. She’s recently completed tours with the Organization of Saskatchewan’s Junior Concert Series as well as the TD Children’s Book Week.

Her most recent theatre project, as playwright and playing Gertrude in O(phelia) alongside Melissa Langdon as Ophelia and directed by Matthew Paris-Irvine, was a huge hit at the RMTC Shakespearefest in February of this year and was produced with the generous support of the MB Arts Council.

Registration Fees

MSLA Conference (includes membership) - Early Bird - $75/After Sept 30 - $85
MSLA Conference half day (includes membership) - $50
MSLA Student Conference Fee (includes membership) - $35
MSLA Retired School Library Personnel (no membership included) - $50
MSLA Non-Member Conference Fee - Early Bird - $85/After Sept 30 - $95
MSLA Membership Fee: $25

Registration policy: If payment has not been received 7 days after registering, the registration will be cancelled. The MSLA will attempt to contact the registrant if his/her registration has been cancelled, however, the MSLA does not take any responsibility for notifying the registrant if his/her registration has been cancelled due to late payment.

Cancellation policy: Email or phone your need to cancel by October 19, 2021 to receive a refund. A $10.00 cancellation fee will be charged.

Questions concerning conference or registration information, please contact: Brandi Bartok,


Sessions - 8:45 AM-9:45 AM

01 - Theatrical Literacy

Storytelling and communication is about much more than print on paper. Theatre is words coming alive! Learn how developing theatrical literacy can help develop critical thinking, creativity and social emotional growth.

Presenters: Manitoba Theatre for Young People

Suitable for: K-12

8:45 am - 9:45 am

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 150

Sessions - 10:00 AM-10:50 AM

02A-AM - Deconstructing the Visual; using artworks as pedagogical provocation

Visual Art has the power to inform, to inspire, to provoke action and to transform thinking. Incorporating opportunities to examine artworks within the classroom can be a powerful way to deepen conversation and understanding around compelling concepts and issues. In this session we will use a selection of strategies to examine and interpret meaning in a diverse selection of artwork. Resources will be provided.

Presenter: Allison Moore

Allison Moore teaches middle years Art, ELA and Social Studies with the Pembina Trails School Division. She is a practicing artist who has held a wide variety of art education positions over the years including working as an artist in the schools, an art educator at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and a divisional Art Consultant.

Suitable for: Grades 5-12

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 150

02B-AM - Musical Literacy

Kieran’s presentation will explore using music and songwriting as a means of supporting multiliteracy in our schools and making literacy accessible to a wider variety of learners.

Presenter: Kieran West

Kieran West is a songwriter from Winnipeg. A passionate writer on relatable topics such as heartache, family discord, and social justice, there will without a doubt be a piece of one of his songs that will resonate with any person.

Suitable for: K-12

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 150

Sessions - 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

03 - Learning and the Land - Learning in the Outdoors. Our naturalistic superpower

The opportunity to learn outdoors brings out the best in us and creates hope. It sharpens our sense of empathy, engages us in fun, healthy, holistically ways, and has the effect of merging the academic with our naturalistic superpowers. In our students, learning that naturally includes the outdoors sparks curiosity, wonder and the acute awareness of our connection to all things which in turn leads us to the undeniable need to care for the world around us. Over the past two years we have witnessed this superpower in action as more of of our educational practices have shifted to the outdoors. Let’s keep this opportunity and the hope it provides for our students! In our ‘Teams Time’ we will explore:

● What is Land Based Education and how to connect with Land Based Teachers (from Land Based teachers).
● Acclimatization: Activating our naturalistic sensory superpowers.
● Reimagining and promoting our classroom and library spaces to naturally include the outdoors as a key part of weekly learning processes.
● Planning: Exploring inquiry based approaches (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) that include learning opportunities that again, normally and naturally include the outdoors.

***An additional note - session participants are asked to choose (in as far as its possible) a location that includes some visible access to the outdoors, Wifi signal strength permitting.***

Presenter: Chris Roe
Chris Roe has been a Middle Years educator specializing in inquiry based approaches to core subject areas, resource and outdoor education. Chris is presently a humanities teacher and teacher librarian at the Pembina Trails Alternative High School.
“I have had the great privilege of teaching Outdoor Education and Language Arts both in a course structure and as a part of an integrated multidisciplinary team based format in middle schools. Now, as a humanities teacher (with a tiny yet powerful library) at the Pembina Trails Alternative High School I find myself weaving together many threads (inquiry approaches, literacy, identity formation, outdoor education...) with students, knowledge keepers and land based educators.

Suitable for: K-12

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 150

Sessions - 1:00 PM-2:20 PM

04 - Storytelling and Memory Building

The session will begin with a storytelling performance by Professional Teller and Theatre Artist Leigh-Anne Kehler. We’ll then use the stories as a springboard for using comprehension of patterns to create new stories to tell. We’ll then dive into the world of sense memory. Leigh-Anne will share leading questions, which can be used to assist students to recall experiences through the senses. This activity will prepare these memory experiences for storytelling and eventually, writing.

Presenter: Leigh-Anne Kehler

Leigh-Anne is a well established Canadian actor and storyteller who has contributed her talent to a long list of national and international storytelling festivals. She is a playwright, a creative force and holds a B.Ed from the University of Manitoba.
Suitable for: K-12

1:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 150

Sessions - 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

05 - Object Literacy

In museums such as the Manitoba Museum, artifacts and specimens are used for primary source research and are displayed to inspire visitors to learn more about history, nature, and science. Learning with objects (hands-on when possible) is central to Museum educational practice. This session will explore how you can use everyday objects to help students develop skills for reading, interpreting and discovering meaning while supporting science and social studies learning goals.

***Participants should have an object with personal meaning for them with them during the session.***

Presenter: Anya Moodie Foster, Manitoba Museum

Anya Moodie-Foster has worked as an educator in the Learning & Engagement Department at the Manitoba Museum for 20+ years and loves giving students the opportunity to engage with objects to provoke their interest in and curiosity about Manitoba history, nature and science.

Suitable for: K-12

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Participant Max: 150