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Videos – Early Childhood

Foundational skills to support reading for understanding in kindergarten through 3rd grade

April 26, 2021

This video explains the need for systematic, direct, and explicit instruction in phonemic awareness and phonics and discusses the most effective evidence-based practices for teaching decoding to early readers.

 

Literacy instruction strategies for success: Multi-tier intervention in primary grades

December 17, 2020

This video discusses the most effective, evidence-based practices for identifying and assisting struggling readers.

 

It takes a village: How community organizations, schools, and families can work together to support early childhood literacy

October 19, 2020

This documentary, produced in partnership with the Chicago public broadcasting station WTTW, is about how community organizations can support the development of children’s early literacy skills.

 

Integrating play into literacy instruction: Interview with Tim Shanahan

July 24, 2020

This video features an extended interview with Tim Shanahan, Ph.D., and includes descriptions of research-based recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse about how to teach literacy to young students.

 

Integrating play into literacy instruction: Strategies for your classroom

May 13, 2020

This video shows how to implement research-based literacy practices from the What Works Clearinghouse through play-based learning.

 

Kindergarten: Where play and learning can meet

December 6, 2018

This documentary, produced in partnership with WTTW Channel 11, explores the advantages associated with a play-based approach in kindergarten and features stories of how two Illinois school districts—Valley View School District 365U and Elgin Area School District U-46—made the transition to play-based learning.

 

Kindergarten entry assessments

July 25, 2018

This video discusses the need for kindergarten entry assessments, provides an overview of what kindergarten entry assessments are, and explains the uses and benefits of kindergarten entry assessments.

 

Alliance member snapshot: Kim Nelson of the Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance

February 20, 2018

This video provides an overview of the Midwest Early Childhood Education Research Alliance and its important work in Illinois, as described by alliance member Kim Nelson.