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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Early Childhood Teacher Literacy Training

One of the reasons I created Literacy Launchpad was because I was seeing a lack of quality literature and literacy instruction in some preschools. These were schools filled with wonderful, loving staff. In my opinion it wasn't a problem with the school or the staff. Many of these teachers had ECE schooling and training. The failing lies with the institutions that are training and schooling teachers, in my opinion. There's a lack of emphasis on literacy instruction and its importance.

So I'm so excited and honored that I have the opportunity to do teacher training at a local child care center next month. Woohoo! This is a wonderful school that cares a lot about books, reading, and literacy, and is taking steps to make that a priority in their classrooms and curriculum. How amazing is that!?! I want to wrap my arms around all those teachers... around the whole BUILDING and give them a big HUG!

So... Here's your chance! I would love a quick opinion from you all on what you think every teacher SHOULD know about literacy; what you WISH they knew about literacy, what every teacher MUST know about literacy. If YOU could be there telling them something, emphasizing something about books/reading/literacy, what would it be? If they were YOUR CHILD'S teacher, what would you want them to be doing/saying/reading/knowing?

Can't wait to hear from you all! I'm hoping this will be the first of many teacher trainings like this! Let's hope!

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