Scholars' Hub @ Home series explores back to school strategies for math and literacy

Do you enjoy hearing about the latest thought-provoking research? The Scholars’ Hub @ Home speaker series features discussions on a broad range of topics, with engaging lectures from some of York’s best minds.

The Scholars’ Hub events are done in partnership with Vaughan Public Libraries, Markham Public Library and Aurora Public Library, and presented by York Alumni Engagement. Students, alumni and all members of the community are welcome to attend.

Tina Rapke
Tina Rapke

Sept. 23 will feature a talk, titled "Back to School Prep: Strategies to Help Your Kids Succeed in Math and Promote Family Literacy," presented by Associate Professor Tina Rapke and Professor Karen Krasny of York's Faculty of Education. The event will be hosted via Zoom and begin at 12 p.m.

Viewers will be introduced to effective strategies for promoting family literacy to support children in their learning as well as preparing them to succeed in math during unprecedented times. They will learn about early predictors of literacy achievement and approaches to literacy and math instruction and gain a greater understanding about how to engage children of all ages in meaningful opportunities for listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing through daily routines and activities. Krasny will discuss traditional print and digital resources including children's and young adult literature. Rapke will speak about the importance of learners' attitudes towards math and what can be done in the home to support mathematics success.

Karen Krasny
Karen Krasny

Rapke is a parent of two elementary school children and teaches teachers how to teach math. She spends much of her time in math classrooms researching and writing about best practices.

Krasny is a past president of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies and served on the Board of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education. A longstanding educator, Krasny is a former K to 4 Early Years English Language Arts Provincial Specialist for Manitoba and worked as a K to 12 English and French Language Arts Coordinator for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division and as a teacher for The Winnipeg No. 1 School Division.

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The series will continue on Sept. 30 with a presentation titled "Addressing Mi’kmaw History in the novel N’In D’la Owey Innklan: Mi’kmaq Sojourns in England" featuring Professor Bonita Lawrence.

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