ARPDC Professional Development Resources
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Comprehensive Literacy Guides K-6

On behalf of ARPDC,  a large cohort of literacy leaders from the greater Edmonton area (ERLC) collaboratively developed a series of Elementary Literacy Guides in 2016-17 to support teachers, administrators, learning coaches and other educational staff.

These eleven learning guides provide a foundational understanding of the key components of elementary literacy instruction. Each guide includes a snapshot of the identified literacy component, connections to the Alberta English Language Arts Programs of Study K-6, planning and assessment guidelines, insights from consultants and literacy experts, photos and videos of the strategies in action, and recommended resources, as well as options for modifications, technology integration and considerations for inclusion.

These guides are not intended to replace professional resources that already exist. Rather, they provide a solid starting point for educators seeking to build an effective program and/or enhance what they are already doing based on the most current thinking, approaches and tools in the field of elementary literacy.




Cross Curricular Literacy

Cross Curricular Literacy


Digital Literacy


Independent Reading


Phonological Awareness


Read Aloud


Shared Reading


Small Group Reading Instruction


Speaking and Listening

Viewing & Visualization

Word Work