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Dr. Valdine Bjornson

Reading and Learning Clinic of Manitoba
An educator for over 20 years in public and private, international and Manitoba schools teaching music, early years, EAL and as a Reading Clinician.
canada, manitoba, winnipeg
advocacy, educator
literacy
dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia

Summary

Dr. Valdine Bjornson has been an educator for over 20 years in public and private, international and Manitoba schools teaching music, early years, EAL and as a Reading Clinician. She has worked overseas (Japan, Finland and Egypt) teaching EFL and EAL in immersion, private/public and English language schools from ages 3 to adult. She has provided in-services, training as well as collaborative and formal diagnostic assessments, goal setting and intervention in elementary and middle schools. She also works with university students as a Reading Specialist at the Indigenous Student Centre. She has completed a Doctor of Education degree in Language and Literacy (Educational Research) focusing upon dyslexia in adults.

She founded the Reading and Learning Clinic of Manitoba in order to provide evidence-based professional development to Manitoba educators as well as advocacy and intervention to students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. Her goal is to help all of her students embrace learning and become language conscious. Her speciality is working with students to support their learning to close any gaps and help them to reach their potential.

Some of her students are diagnosed with Specific Learning Disorders (Learning Disabilities) under the categories of Reading (Dyslexia), Writing or Math (Dyscalculia).
All of her students struggle with academic performance especially in the areas of reading, writing, spelling and/or math.
She can help support students with all areas of learning including study strategies, memory techniques, reading, spelling, composition and math - using approaches that are specifically geared for students with learning disabilities.

Dr. Valdine Bjornson is accredited with the International Dyslexia Association (Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist), listed with the Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association as well as accredited with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (Fellow-in-Training - FIT/AOGPE). She is a permanently certified Reading Clinician through Manitoba Professional Certification with Manitoba Education and Training.

ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Founding member and current president of Manitoba teachers for students with learning disabilities (Manitoba Teachers Society Professional Group)
  • Founder and CEO of Reading and Learning Clinic of Manitoba
  • Board Member of Dyslexia Canada

Qualifications

Education

  • Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) program – Leading Language and Literacy Education – Werklund College of Education, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Master of Arts in International Education Graduate Certificate, SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont, USA
  • Master of Education specializing in Language and Literacy (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning) obtaining Permanent Reading Clinician Certificate , University of Manitoba
  • Bachelor of Education (Elementary program), University of Manitoba
    - Majors in Music and English
    - Minor in French
    - Courses included: Reading in the Elementary School

Certifications

  • Special Education Certificate, University of Manitoba
  • second Post-Baccalaureate in Education specialized in Core Requirements for School Counsellor Certificate (courses included Dyadic Relationships, Cross Cultural Counselling, Counselling Skills, Theories and Issues in School Counselling, Groups in Guidance, and Abnormal Psychology), University of Manitoba
  • Post-Baccalaureate in Education specialized in Early Years and obtained a TEFL/TESL Certificate, University of Manitoba
  • Music for Children 1 (ORFF)

Training & Professional Development

  • Orton-Gillingham Fellow-in-Training, with Academy of Orton- Gillingham Practitioners and Educators – Dawn Nieman (Fellow), New York State, USA
  • Project Read Sentence and Paragraph writing training
  • Lindamood-Bell Visualizing/Verbalizing, Seeing Stars and LiPS training
  • Multisensory Math Levels 1 & 2 – Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Centre – Rockville, MD, USA
  • Screening for Dyslexia [Dyslexia Consultant and Screener] course– Continuing Education, University of San Diego with Susan Barton (Bright Solutions for Dyslexia)– Phoenix, AZ
  • F.A.S.T. (Foundations of Analysis Synthesis Translations) Reading Training – Laureate Academy, Winnipeg, MB

Professional Memberships/ Associations

  • IDA - International Dyslexia Association
  • ILA - International Literacy Association
  • MCRC – Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians
  • SSSR – Society for the Scientific Study of Reading
  • AOGPE – Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Awards & Honors

  • Twice awarded the Barbara Koffman Scholarship for Manitoba Reading Clinicians (masters and doctoral programs)

Professional Experience

Reading Specialist  |  University of Manitoba [January 2017 - Till Date]

She is currently employed at the Indigenous Student Centre at the University of Manitoba as a reading specialist. In her role as a Reading Specialist, she is developing and overseeing a reading skills program. Her position is intended to increase reading, writing and critical thinking competencies and outcomes related to student’s courses. The core component of her role is to assess students’ reading skills and suggest strategies for improvement including accessibility tools. She also provide presentations to students regarding reading strategies, reading-writing connections, and accessibility tools. Further, she coordinates study groups within various faculties in order to provide interactive book studies around content area reading.

Reading Clinician  |  Reading and Learning Clinic of Manitoba

In her role as a Reading Clinician, she has trained staff and facilitated professional development for educational assistants, schools, resource teachers and classroom teachers with a vast array of literacy programming, report procedures and assessment protocol. She is also responsible for Tier 3 level diagnostic and remedial intensive intervention assessments and programs. She consults and collaborates with resource and classroom teachers regarding Tier 1 and Tier 2 accommodations, including reading, writing and comprehension skills.

In her EAL support teacher position, she served as a staff collaborator, trainer and consultant as well as direct interventionist for EAL students especially in the area of content area literacy, receptive-expressive language competency and core literacy foundation skills.

For many years, she has presented to Manitoba educators for professional development events, as well as keynote addresses, regarding specific learning disabilities, assessment and intervention approaches for emergent and struggling reader-writers.

She also provides direct intervention as well as oversee intervention with OG trained tutors and family advocacy for students with LD – dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.

Credits

Papers, Workshops & Webinars Presented

For many years, Dr. Valdine Bjornson has presented to Manitoba educators for professional development events, as well as keynote addresses, regarding specific learning disabilities, assessment and intervention approaches for emergent and struggling reader-writers.

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