SUPPORTING LANGUAGE AND EARLY LITERACY: AT HOME AND IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS
This series of seven professional development sessions is designed to promote evidence-based universal practices that support the six standards-based content areas of early literacy.
The target audience for training includes all teachers and providers serving children in the birth through 5 years range. While adaptations and modifications to meet the needs of individual children are strongly encouraged, universal practices are the primary focus of this training.
The training materials are available free of charge to anyone.
Trainers/facilitators are strongly encouraged to have completed higher education coursework in language, early literacy, and child development; demonstrate an understanding of Developmentally Appropriate Practice; and have direct experience serving children in the birth through 5 age range. Knowledge and experience serving Dual Language Learners and young children with disabilities are recommended as well.
Sessions are PowerPoint presentations with detailed Speaker Notes. Directions for participant engagement and activities are either provided on the slide or in the Speaker Notes. A Dual Language Learner Connection is located in the Speaker Notes of many of the slides. Prior to facilitating sessions, trainers are encouraged to refer to the resources in the Speaker Notes of the title slide for guidance and support on serving Dual Language Learners. Similar resources focused on serving children with disabilities will be added in the near future.
Trainers can download and print the Speaker Notes as a separate document to use as a guide while presenting the PowerPoint presentation during training sessions.
Trainers are encouraged to begin with "Session 1: Vital Components." The sequence of the other sessions is flexible, depending on your objectives and the needs of your audience. Each session includes the same series of introductory slides so that each can be used as a stand-alone training session.
Plan on an average of 3 hours to complete each session, although the duration of each session will vary depending on the size of your audience and the activities you select. Allow for 20-24 total hours to complete the entire series.
Preparing for Your Literacy Workshop
Early Literacy Advisory Group
Inventory of Practice: Early Literacy Scan
Help teachers/service providers reflect on early literacy practices in their classroom.