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Dr. Joan Beswick is a Research Associate at the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy and a Nova Scotia educator who works in educational assessment and program planning for students with exceptional learning needs. She holds a B.A. in speech and hearing science (summa cum laude) and an M.Ed. in special education from the University of Pittsburgh, a B.Ed. from Mount Allison University, an M.A. in educational psychology from Mount St. Vincent University, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of New Brunswick. Joan has presented to professional audiences on diverse topics including: language development, chronic otitis media in early childhood, educational placement of students who are deaf and hard of hearing, inclusive education, educational assessment, violence prevention curricula, early literacy and school readiness. She has served as an advisor for M.Ed. students and has taught university courses in special education and educational psychology.

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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