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Literacy through Heritage Workshop

The idea of literacy learning through community heritage is relatively new. For this reason, the Heritage Community Foundation brought together the people who would be involved in the initial Reading the Community: Literacy through Heritage projects for an initial workshop, held at Edmonton’s McKay Avenue School—the Edmonton Public School Board’s Museum and Archives in early February 2001. 

The workshop introduced participants from around Alberta to the ideas and practices of some of the successful demonstration projects conducted in Alberta and across Canada. 

The idea of literacy through heritage is straightforward—create meaningful learning situations for students by drawing on the stories and events of their families and communities. Using important family and community artifacts and photographs, as well as working with mentors in the community are important to literacy learning through heritage.

The workshop was led by Lon Dubinsky who initiated the very successful Reading the Museum project with the Canadian Museums Association. 

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