Leading for Literacy: Supporting Early Literacy Instruction Pre-K To 3

Join Jill Pentimonti, Ph.D., and Aleksandra Holod, Ph.D. as they overview the TeacherRead Program and key considerations for literacy learning in preschool/early childhood contexts that set a strong basis for later language learning and academic success, including promoting oral language, phonological awareness, and print knowledge. Lana Santoro, Ph.D., will provide a brief overview of a seven-year, federally funded project to promote teacher read alouds for enhancing narrative and expository comprehension, vocabulary, and language development of children in grades K-2. She will outline the components of instruction and highlight critical instructional delivery look fors. She will also discuss use of a professional learning community structure to support implementation. Presenters will engage participants in discussion related to what school leaders can do to promote evidence-based instruction in preK and early elementary school.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the critical components of oral language and vocabulary, print knowledge, and phonological awareness as key skills for literacy learning in young learners.
  • Identify critical instructional look fors in the use of read alouds to promote narrative and expository comprehension.
  • Access web-based tools and resources to support implementation of evidence-based literacy practices by school staff and students.

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