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Charles S. Ungerleider

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Charles Ungerleider, Professor of the Sociology of Education in the Faculty of Education at The University of British Columbia, has studied and written about educational governance, student assessment, race relations, inter-group relations and multiculturalism, and the impact of media on Canadian Society. He has used a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods including large-scale student assessment, sample surveys, interview designs, and meta-analyses.

From November 1998 until June 2001, Ungerleider served as Deputy Minister of Education for the Province of British Columbia. During his tenure, the Province: began annual performance planning; introduced annual assessments of reading, writing, and numeracy at grades 4, 7 and 10; reduced the number of students to a maximum of 20 students per class in kindergarten and to a maximum of 22 students per class in grades 1 to 3 and established an early school success initiative; improved student performance, transition and graduation rates for all learners - and especially Aboriginal learners; introduced major improvements to its school accreditation process; undertook a variety of initiatives to develop research capacity among educators; and produced and disseminated performance standards for reading, writing, numeracy and citizenship and social responsibility.

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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