The National Centers for Families Learning (NCFL) presents its annual Families Learning Summit in Houston, March 16-18, 2015. NCFL is calling for session proposals from outstanding family learning practitioners that demonstrate successful learning models which promote family success. "Have you had success helping families build 21st century skills or using new instructional strategies? Has your program found a way to incorporate family mentoring and family service learning? Are you a part of a successful collaborative effort focused on increasing your community's literacy rates?" Through its strategic partnership with ULC, NCFL wants to showcase the important work that libraries do in the family learning arena. The deadline for session proposals is Friday, October 3. More information here.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
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The following data analysis tools are suggestions provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Consider using these tools to develop a clearer image of the literacy needs of young children and families in your community.
Data Analysis Tools: Child Well-Being
If you want to improve conditions for children or families, native-born or immigrant, at risk or below the poverty line, this tool is invaluable. Kids Count profiles are provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which fosters community support for vulnerable children and families. It lets users do web-based searches for data within a single state or territory, and includes community-level data by location or topic. You can create profiles, maps, rankings, line graphs, or raw data to identify or confirm a program need. It allows you to compare conditions for children across states or the entire U.S., or to search by topic, e.g., immigrant children living in poverty in homes where no parents work, or teens aged 16 to 19 not in school and not high school graduates. Much information is collected from reliable sources such as the U.S, Census Bureau, but data are combined for you to identify children’s needs. The foundation also aggregates data from its state partners, and some key Information is published in data books. The site provides many pertinent good practice models, ideas, and case studies supported by its data.
This suite of tools from the Mailman School of Health at Columbia University helps plan projects to improve the wellbeing of low-income children and their families. Tools include economic profiles for children; state-based policies that significantly affect children, adolescents, and family economics by state; an income needs calculator and state-by-state budget calculator; and a "wizard" that creates custom tables of national- and state-level statistics about low-income children. Data on areas of interest such as parental education, parental employment, marital status, and race/ethnicity—among many other variables—are included, and all are easy to use. Data are aggregated from multiple sources, with the goals of providing practitioners and advocates information about emerging challenges and insights for turning research into practice; giving policymakers information to make good decisions; and supplying facts, trends, and policy developments to help the media accurately report about the realities faced by low-income children and families in the U.S.
Data Analysis Tools: Education
Useful for anyone planning an early learning program, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) collects and communicates research supporting effective early childhood education. It aims to describe excellence in terms that policy makers can use and the general public can easily understand; to monitor and evaluate national and state progress in this area; to develop and analyze model legislation, standards, regulations, and other policies that improve quality of and access to good preschool programs. You can also compare alternative policies. The 2010 Yearbook allows users to click a state or region to view its profile as a PDF document. The Roadmap to State Profile Pages link describes the data and terminology used in the profiles. Other tools include fast facts and figures, research data, and publications.
This site can help users plan literacy programs for adults. It provides estimates of adults who lack basic prose literacy skills (BPLS) for all states and counties in the United States based on statistical models developed from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) and the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS). NCES produced user-friendly tables to compare literacy estimates across states or counties and across years, including data such as levels of educational attainment and race/ethnicity distributions. These are considered the best predictions that can be made in the absence of any other literacy assessment data available. You can view state or county estimates or compare any two states or counties.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
|The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces|
by Dorothy Stoltz, Marisa Conner, and James Bradberry.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners provides curriculum and assessment language development/emergent literacy information. You can find a wealth of material on the Collaborating Partners website.
Two resources of note include the following:
Two resources of note include the following:
- Planning for Early Literacy Success: Intersection between WI Model Early Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards (Live Binder): Guidance on setting learning expectations in language and early literacy for 4K that reflect both the WI Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) and the Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts (CCSS-ELS). Includes resources on using recommended practice and research, local data, and alignment documents that show WMELS and CCSS-ELA for birth-5, kindergarten and first grade.
- This series of seven professional development sessions is designed to promote evidence-based universal practices that support the six standards-based content areas of early literacy. The target audience for training includes all teachers and providers serving children in the birth through 5 years range. While adaptations and modifications to meet the needs of individual children are strongly encouraged, universal practices are the primary focus of this training.
- Session 1: Vital Components
- Session 2: Language & Vocabulary
- Session 3: Phonological Awareness
- Session 4: Emergent Writing
- Session 5: Providing Effective "Read Alouds"
- Session 6: Infants & Toddlers
- Session 7: Family Engagement
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
|A new book edited by Chip Donohue|
Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning
Edited by Chip Donohue
Routledge – 2015 – 270 pages
Attendees of the Growing Wisconsin Readers Early Literacy Symposium will readily recall the passionate keynote offered by Chip Donohue (see "Embrace Engagement: Thoughts on Chip Donohue’s Keynote on Young Children in the Digital Age"). Mr. Donohue has edited a new book co-published by Routledge and NAEYC that furthers discussion points brought to our attention last March. It sounds like a great resource for your library or your system's professional collection!
From the Routledge website, the book is described as follows:
Thursday, August 28, 2014
|Growing Wisconsin Readers Promotional Materials|
These images are great for creating continuity among your various early literacy endeavors, as well as increasing early literacy visibility within your community. Consider adding the logo to your website, including the QR code on a storytime handout, or sharing the tips on your library Facebook page. Are you using the Growing Wisconsin Readers materials in a resourceful way? Share your experience on the blog by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.