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Jill Hawken

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Jill is a recent graduate of the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Western Ontario. She joined The Network in January 2008 and is primarily involved in the development of knowledge transfer products, most notably as the Project Manager of the Effective Reading Instruction Resource Kit. Bilingual in English and French, Jill`s experience includes involvement in the fields of teaching, editing, and library work. She edited scientific papers for researchers at the Royal Ontario Museum, and worked as a freelance translator and editor while living in Ottawa and Alberta. Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours French) degree and a Bachelor of Education (French, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Elementary School Teaching) degree, both from the University of Toronto.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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