We host full-day workshops and seminars for teachers focused on research-based instructional practices linked to improved student early literacy.
Teachers have the opportunity to learn best practices, observe video demonstrations, and engage with each other, focused on building understanding. Up to 20 teachers per session.
Our workshops and institutes build teachers’ knowledge of literacy content and pedagogy. Areas of focus include:
- Creating & Managing the Literacy Environment
- Basic Building Block Skills for Early Literacy
- Using Data to Drive Early Literacy Instruction
- ELL & Early Literacy Instruction
- Guided Reading and Writing
- Intentional Read-Alouds
Early Literacy Instruction
Play IS the work of children! In this seminar, teachers learn about the benefits of play and how it helps children develop cognitively, socially and physically. Through hands on activities, videos and discussions, they learn about and experience different forms of play such as object play, block play and locomotor play. Dramatic play is spotlighted as well especially in connection to reading aloud. Teachers many roles in guiding and supporting play are explored – from setting the stage by creating an engaging environment where children will feel motivated, to being a play buddy where they engage in play themselves to support children’s curiosity, creativity and language development. Several strategies for preventing or responding to playtime challenges are also discussed.
– Expand our understanding of what play means for preschoolers
– Explore strategies for supporting play in our classrooms
– Highlight dramatic play and its connection to literacy
– Troubleshoot common challenges around playtime
Participants take an in-depth look at the elements of classroom culture, the foundation for a thriving and positive learning community, and consider tools for helping to shape it. Teachers are encouraged to plan, model, practice, and reflect upon the language they and their children use as well as their procedures. They will learn how to plan mini-lessons that establish the routines and rituals needed to make learning successful and fun. Participants will also look closely at creating responsibilities to form guidelines and structure for the classroom. They will discuss how responsibilities should be established with children giving them a sense of ownership and empowerment. The Power of Three, a tool for collecting and reflecting upon classroom responsibilities, will be highlighted. Throughout the training, participants also consider how to include and share the information they are learning with the families of the children they serve.