Accelerating Early Literacy Development
The need to accelerate young children’s literacy development has never been greater. Fortunately, decades of research studies reveal some practices that help children develop key literacy knowledge and skills more quickly than other practices.
In this professional learning opportunity, Professor Nell Duke will support elementary classroom teachers and literacy coaches in learning about specific instructional practices that are likely to accelerate young children’s literacy development. She will also share some key findings related to social and emotional support for young children in these difficult times.
Educators may participate individually or educators may sign up their existing school-based professional learning community (PLC). You will receive the following:
- Access beginning August 1 to a video about research-supported practices for launching an effective school year with young children.
- Access to 12 ninety-minute sessions over the fall semester.
- Virtual break out rooms in which you are connected with other educators around the country to discuss the presentations and your practice (existing PLCs will have the option to be with one another during the virtual-breakout-room time)
- Access to carefully curated resources related to the presentations (e.g., videoclips, documents, URLs)
- Recommended activities to complete between sessions, such as an instructional practice to try or an artifact of children’s work to examine
- Access to one or more online discussion boards, moderated by Nell Duke’s team
- A certificate documenting your enrollment in this professional learning opportunity
Sessions will be held live from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time and recorded for those unable to attend.
- September 14, 21, 28
- October 5, 19, 26
- November 2, 9, 16
- December 2, 7, 14
If there is sufficient demand, we may open a second session from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Pacific Time for educators in western time zones.
- $150 per person
- Participants will also be asked to purchase a professional book under $25
Enrollment is limited. Spaces will be filled in the order that participants enroll.
To express your interest in enrolling only if a second timeslot—3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Pacific Time—is added, please go to soe.umich.edu/early-literacy/additional-time.
To express your interest in enrolling only if sessions meet a different day of the week, please go to soe.umich.edu/early-literacy/different-day.
Please send all questions about enrollment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Nell K. Duke
Nell K. Duke is a professor in literacy, language, and culture and also in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan. Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in economic poverty. Duke has been named one of the most influential education scholars in the U.S. in EdWeek. In 2018, she received the International Literacy Association's William S. Gray Citation of Merit for outstanding contributions to research, theory, practice, and policy. Duke’s work focuses heavily on bridging gaps between research and practice. For a recent presentation by Dr. Duke, see https://youtu.be/hNHImv_iKEM. For a sample of Dr. Duke’s writing for educators, see https://www.aft.org/ae/winter2018-2019/duke_mesmer. For more information, see nellkduke.org.
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