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GP Catholic receives praise for exemplary work in pre-kindergarten programming and literacy rates

Over the next six months, the Grande Prairie Catholic School Board is going to be taking part in some panel discussions with other school boards in the province. Superintendent Karl German says they’ve been asked to provide some help and assistance to other school boards whose language arts and literacy rates need some improvement.

“There were a few of us that were called to a panel to try and provide ideas and solutions because we are achieving results higher than what would normally be expected, so we’re very pleased to be called to that panel because really it doesn’t matter where the students are from, we want them all to benefit and have higher Language Arts rates and literacy rates, and math scores.”

The Grande Prairie Catholic School District is one of three in Alberta that has Grade 3 and 6 results in Language arts above the provincial average.

Meanwhile, the district has received another accolade, this time for their work in pre-kindergarten programming. They’ve been nominated for the 2014 Child Development Professional Award of Excellence.

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Germann says districts across the province have modeled their pre-kindergarten programming after strategies and techniques being used in their classrooms in Sexsmith, Grande Prairie, and Spirit River.

“Some of the work that we’ve done has really benefited kids when they come into our system, so we’re really pleased with our staff who are really doing a great job to help kids out, and the kids really end up benefiting out of this area.”

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