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Welcome to the Literacy Home Page

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Literacy is about more than reading and writing --it is about how we communicate in society. It is about social practices and relationships, about knowledge, languageand culture. Literacy finds its place in our lives alongside other ways of communicating. Indeed, Literacy itself takes many forms: on paper, on the computer screen, on TV, on posters and signs. Those who use literacy take it for granted - but those who cannot use it are excluded from much communication in today's world. Indeed, it is the excluded who can best appreciate the notion of "literacy as freedom."
UNESCO, Statement for the United Nations Literacy Decade, 2003-2012
*Quoted in Think Literacy Success: Report of the Expert Panel on Students at Risk in Ontario, 2003, 7
Today, being literate requires a complex and sophisticated set of attitudes, habits of mind, cognitive and meta-cognitive skills, as well as critical literacy skills that address issues of identity, equity, power and social justice. Additionally:
  • Literacy development requires opportunities for making meaning and engaging in productive and social interaction and talk.
  • Print previously defined literacy; however new technologies are broadening our notions of text and creating new literacies for the 21st century.
Adapted from Literacies for Learning: EDUGains 2008
Using the gospel values and the Catholic Graduate expectations as the anchor for literacy learning, we are committed to assisting students to become confident and reflective readers and writers who apply Catholic values to life's opportunities, challenges, and choices.
The TCDSB Literacy Team is dedicated to this important work. Please contact your local Literacy Resource teacher for additional information.


Literacy Team
Lina Di Rienzo Department Secretary
Jamie Louis Resource Teacher - Area 1
Elizabeth Russell Resource Teacher - Area 2​
Joana Potkidis Resource Teacher - Area 3
Jamie, Elizabeth and Joana Resource Teacher - Area 4 see above
Rachel Lynch-Hasegawa Resource Teacher - Area 5
Evelyn Paris Resource Teacher - Area 6
Rachel, Evelyn, Jonathon Resource Teacher - Area 7 see above
Jonathon Butler Resource Teacher - Area 8
Sandra Molyneaux Early Years K-2
Laura Ribeiro Secondary Resource Teacher
Caterina Maietta Secondary Resource Teacher
Catherine Connors ELL/ESL Resource Teacher
Roseann Harris
5th Block Lead & Mentor
Marisa Liscio
5th Block Mentor
Anna Pumo
5th Block Mentor​​

Please use this link to see complete listing of schools/Resource teachers designations: