Children's Literacy Initiative - Professional Development Program
Children's Literacy Initiative - Philadelphia; Center City
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Description of Service
At Children's Literacy Initiative institutes and seminars, we use an interactive style of instruction and a practical, hands-on approach to help teachers explore the most current research in exemplary practices. Participants follow an intensive schedule of discussions, presentations, and small-group activities that emphasize both theory and practice, building on prior knowledge and moving toward clear outcomes. Teachers focus on improving students' phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension through five key components of effective literacy instruction:
Reading aloud to support instruction
-Teachers study our Intentional Read Aloud model of how to read purposefully to teach vocabulary, engage critical thinking skills, develop imagination and problem-solving skills, and encourage interest in a wide variety of stories and genres. The criteria for choosing the best books to support early reading skills and develop vocabulary are stressed.
Developing student writing
-Teachers learn to incorporate writing in classroom centers and to provide ample writing opportunities for their students throughout the day, including modeled, interactive, and independent writing.
Creating a literacy-rich classroom environment
-Establishing a classroom that promotes literacy through engaged, meaningful activity is an essential base for student achievement. The physical environment and learning climate are both integral to improving classroom management while meeting the needs of all children and promoting a love of learning. Teachers learn about the importance of the library corner and having high-quality children's books in centers. (Our website, CLIontheweb.org, has a virtual tour of Model Classroom environments.)
Instructing in small groups
-Clearly planned and effectively managed small-group activities in learning centers support children's independence and cooperation, reinforce connections across the curriculum, and keep students engaged. Teachers learn how to set up and manage centers for subjects such as science, math, writing, building blocks, and dramatic play, all with a focus on literacy as part of the activities.
Using Message Time Plus®
-Developed by Children's Literacy Initiative, this powerful instructional tool is one of the most effective and valued processes that we bring to a classroom. Teachers learn to plan messages that address standards and goals while reinforcing subjects and skills being studied in the classroom. The message is written while children watch, and they then participate by reading aloud. Children take turns at the board, identifying what they know - such as letters, words, or punctuation - and their learning is furthered by the teacher through a mini-lesson targeted to each child's needs.
Counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia; States: PA; Countries: USA