Dorothy Stoltz coordinates programming and outreach services at Carroll County (MD) Public Library. She spearheaded a successful early literacy training research study, which showed statistically significant increases in early literacy skills of children. With more than 30 years of experience in public libraries, she oversees teamwork, grant writing, programming, community outreach, early literacy training, peer coaching, and mobile services. She writes for professional journals and is coauthor of several previous ALA books, including Tender Topics: Picture Books About Childhood Challenges, as well as the ALSC white paper Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth. In 2011 she became a member of the PLA/ALSC Every Child Ready to Read Oversight Committee and served as chair for 2014/15.
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- About the Authors
The topic of early literacy continues to gain momentum in educational circles. But early literacy storytimes are only one way libraries can contribute. The authors of this innovative training handbook offer many more. Reflecting the combined expertise of a reading specialist, an outreach librarian, and an early literacy trainer, Every Child Ready for School keeps libraries at the forefront of early literacy and school readiness information delivery. Focusing on training the caregiver, this handbook
- Explains how to help day-care providers, homeschoolers, and others who care for young children foster school-readiness skills among their charges
- Arms librarians with a step-by-step workshop model, with tips on implementing and evaluating the program
- Provides guidance for coordinating workshops with other library early literacy initiatives
- Includes resources and activities to share with participants
Presenting models which can be easily adapted to state-mandated school-readiness requirements, Every Child Ready for School helps libraries fashion their own innovative community early literacy outreach programs.
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Part I Why Train Adults?
Chapter 1 How Children Learn 3
Chapter 2 Harnessing the Benefits of Collaboration: Libraries Are Natural Community Partners 13
Chapter 3 Carroll County's Early Literacy and School Readiness Training Assessment Project 21
Part II Guidelines for Training Adults
Chapter 4 Intentional Training 37
Chapter 5 Training with a Light Touch 43
Chapter 6 The Power of Workshops 47
Part III A Step-by-Step Guide to a Great Training Package
Chapter 7 Planning and Preparation 53
Chapter 8 The Primary Workshop 63
Chapter 9 Ongoing Support and Celebration 93
Chapter 10 Using Best Practices to Customize Your Training Package 101
A Sample Ready At Five Cards 109
B Sample Online Blog Training Entry 110
C Early Literacy School Readiness Initial or Primary Workshop Sample Agenda 112
D Pretend Play Skit Script 114
E Extension Activity Chart 117
F Sample Fingerplay and Song 118
G Kindergarten Skills Matching Activity Answer Key 119
H Sample Newsletter 120
I Early Literacy School Readiness Follow-up Workshop Sample Agenda 124
J Sample Participants' Comments 125