Nicole Beart – Success Through Literacy and Integration

Year: 2021 — Province: Alberta
Certificate of Achievement Recipient

Edmonton Public School Board
Grade 8 - literacy intervention in multiple schools
Edmonton, Alberta

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“Nicole Beart is a compassionate teacher, innovative leader and dedicated youth advocate. She is a fierce promoter of youth mental and physical well-being and goes above and beyond to remove the obstacles to academic success and social integration.”

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Teaching Approach

As an educator, Nicole sees first hand the link between health care and education. Her work is based on a simple premise – you cannot teach a child who is not well, whether that be emotional or physical. Kids who are not healthy experience limitations in developing their abilities. Access to quality health care can change the trajectory of young people. Nicole’s approach is to address this issue as a basis to learning in a formal setting.

Nicole’s work with struggling readers starts with detailed assessments of students’ needs and identification of specific challenges. She then provides students with opportunities to engage in literacy and hands-on learning at their own learning levels. In addition to reading materials and technological supports, she uses drama, movement and creative games to enhance students’ literacy development.

In the Classroom

As a literacy intervention teacher, Nicole works with students who are reading below grade level. For example, some may be reading at a level one or two while being in junior high. These are students who have fallen though the cracks for a number of reasons, most related to a situation of social vulnerability. The results of her efforts can be remarkable. Many of these students are able to realize their potential and lift their reading competency more that three grade levels in a four-month intervention.

Outstanding achievements

Concerned with the health issues that her socially vulnerable students were facing, Nicole took the matter into her own hands and brought together community partners to establish the first school-based medical clinic in Canada. Operating since 2019, the intention is to replicate this pilot project throughout the country. Recognized for her achievements, innovation and outstanding leadership, Nicole received the Edmonton Public School Division Recognition. She was also identified in 2020 as a “Top 40 under 40” by Edify Magazine.

Nicole feels a great responsibility to help her students beyond the classroom. This concern has translated into action to combat poverty. In 2018, she posed the following question to a group of students in a high socially vulnerable area of Edmonton, “How can we make an impact?”. She led students to explore solutions and then led them in implementing a project to reduce hunger in one school. Nicole and her students won the United Way’s “Make your Mark on Poverty” innovation award for the food bank within Britannia School in 2019. The initiative has since expanded to other schools. Nicole is makes youth realize that they too have a social responsibility, that the actions they take can have a tremendous impact, and that they can become global citizens through community involvement.

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