Supporting Every Child’s Right to Read

Right to Read Inquiry & a Teacher Librarian’s Journey to Structured Literacy

Dr. Kathryn Garforth and Catherine Cook a Teacher Librarian/ Gr 1 will discussed the Right to Read Inquiry & a Teacher Librarian’s Journey to Structured Literacy.

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Other Resources:

The Right to Read Initiative & Repeated Readings

Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read

Dr. Kathryn Garforth, Ph.D.
Founder of Garforth Education and The Right To Read Initiative. 
Garforth Education provides online courses and professional development for educators. Garforth Education provides support to families of neurodiverse individuals. Dr. Garforth helps them understand the diagnosis and needs of their child.


Dr. Kathryn Garforth is passionate about every child's #RightToRead. As a dyslexic and the parent of a dyslexic she has a personal connection to the struggles students face. Her teacher training program did not provide the training to teach children like her how to read.  She's determined to spread awareness about best practices for teaching reading.


Twitter: @GarforthEduc

Catherine Cook graduated from the University of British Columbia with a double art major and an ESL concentration in 1982. Most of her positions have been in rural British Columbia teaching every grade from K to 12 and included a brief stint teaching ESL to adults at a local college.  In 1993, she completed a diploma in Library Education. She trained to be a reading Recovery teacher 13 years ago. She has been teaching grade 1 – 2 at 150 Mile House Elementary for nine years.

“My mother was able to teach my sister with autism to read and write over 50 years ago using explicit phonics, so I know all children need to know the alphabetic principles to read and write and have always included them. I struggled with using predictable texts because there were always some children who could not learn to read, despite my best efforts. Once I started my journey to the Science of Reading, I understood why there were always children left behind. Predictable readers have been replaced by decodable books in my grade one literacy program.”

Twitter: @Catheri90859348

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