Inclusive Education Symposium

Effective Literacy Instruction: Supporting Struggling Readers 

The Mount Royal University's Department of Education is pleased to partner with the Calgary City Teachers' Convention (CCTCA) to facilitate this year’s Inclusive Education Symposium which focuses on the teaching of reading and supporting struggling readers. Dr. Carolyn Strom will share current research and understanding of neuroscience as it connects to the complexity of how children learn to read. Sara Peden, an experienced and practicing registered psychologist, will then help us see how we can support struggling readers in the classroom. Our afternoon breakout sessions are led by two experienced and practicing educators, Larysa Hart and Robin Parker, who will provide participants with concrete examples of how to enhance reading instruction for all learners in the classroom. We are excited about the interconnectedness of each of these presentations and look forward to sharing this experience with our fellow educators.

Thank you to all of our presenters and attendees for attending this year's event and for supporting Inclusive Education.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Time Sessions & Presenters 
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. 


Dr. Carolyn Strom, PhD 

Beyond Buzzwords: Using the Science of Reading for Classroom Impact

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Spotlight Session

Sara Peden, R.Psych 

Early Reading Struggles, Classroom Assessment and Dyslexia 

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. 

Workshop 1

Larysa Hart, MEd & Robin Parker, EdD 

Talking the Walk: Making a Shift to the Science of Reading (Part 1) 

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. 

Workshop 2

Larysa Hart, MEd & Robin Parker, EdD

Talking the Walk: Making the Shift to the Science of Reading (Part 2) 


  • Mentor teachers and administrators from the Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District can register through the Calgary City Teachers' Convention (CCTCA)
  • All fourth-year teacher candidates are expected to attend as a component of their Inclusive Education course
  • Teachers who are not affiliated with the CCTCA can register as guest delegates in accordance with their collective agreement and division policy 

Register here: CCTCA website Registration Opens on December 27th 

Contact Information

Content and presenters

Email: Joy Chadwick

For other inquiries

Email: Jessica Lee Wah