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Developing an Early Literacy Professional Learning Community


Description: Children entering kindergarten and first grade vary greatly in emergent literacy skills. One way to address those gaps is to build the capacity of preschool educators to provide 3–5-year-old children evidence-based emergent literacy instruction. This tool will offer a collaborative learning experience for early childhood educators to expand their knowledge of evidence-based emergent literacy key ideas and strategies. The tool is being developed in collaboration with the REL Southeast School Readiness Partnership, comprised of SEAs in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The final product will include a Facilitator Guide, a Participant Guide, and preschool classroom videos. The Facilitator Guide will include a structured plan to deliver professional learning of four modules: Print Knowledge, Phonological Awareness, Vocabulary, and Oral Language. The Participant Guide will include the early literacy content and activities for each module. The classroom videos will be authentic preschool teachers implementing the instructional practices from the four modules.

Projected Release Date: Fall, 2021

Partnership or Research Alliance: Southeast School Readiness Partnership

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Principal Investigators & Affiliation:
Marcia Kosanovich
Beth Phillips
REL Southeast at Florida State University