Ms. Karen Killeen
Head of Inclusion,Ningbo International School

Karen Killeen has been an educator for all her professional life and completed her MA in Special and Inclusive Education at The University of Nottingham (UK). From the UK, she worked in secondary and primary schools, before becoming an SEN specialist in Special schools. She has been living and working in China for the past 4 years, and is Head of Inclusion at Ningbo International School. Her main interests are around the methodologies of Forest School and has delivered many programmes showing how learning outdoors and connecting with nature links to positive behaviour , well-being and academic outcomes.

Abstract

Wild Readers Programme

The Wild Readers programme promotes the social and inclusive view of reading. It motivates a whole school approach in creating a culture of sharing and reading engagement. During the programme students are actively involved in their own learning, assessing their progress whilst supporting and learning with their peers. Reading in a natural environment is a crucial component to this programme and is underpinned by academic research showing that the outdoors promotes academic motivation and positive student well-being.

During this presentation participants will have:

Attendees will understand the aims and objectives of the Wild Readers programme. They will see how the programme is supported by academic research in relation to raising reading levels and lifting reading motivational levels. They will receive practical ideas and resources on how to deliver this programme to introduce a vivid reading culture within their school, have the opportunity to reflect on how this programme will link with, and enhance reading programmes they may already have in their school.

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