Statewide Early Literacy Training for Public Library Staff 2013
The New York State Library is developing a coordinated statewide early literacy training plan for public library staff. The first step in this initiative, a webinar with Saroj Ghoting* (http://www.earlylit.net) is titled Helping Every Child Enter School Ready to Read - Understanding Early Literacy as a Foundation for School Success and will provide an introduction to early literacy library services for public librarians and library staff as well as a professional development opportunity.
The following topics will be covered during the webinar:
- What is early literacy?
- Why is early literacy important?
- An overview of brain development in relationship to early literacy.
- Early literacy skills: phonological awareness, letter knowledge, print awareness, vocabulary, and background knowledge.
- Using the book, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, to demonstrate the early literacy skills.
- Looking forward - ways to apply this knowledge in your community.
- There is no pre-registration. You must login through one of the webinars session links below 15 minutes before the start of the session. 200 logins are available for each webinar session.
- When logging in to the webinar session, you will be asked to provide your email and a username. Please use your email as your username. You will be typing in your email in the email field and your email again in the username field.
The webinar will be repeated at the following dates and times:
Wednesday, March 13: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Link to webinar: http://ellum2.nyit.edu:80/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1336506313216
Thursday, March 28: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Link to webinar: http://ellum2.nyit.edu:80/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1336506313217
Tuesday, April 23: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Link to webinar: http://ellum2.nyit.edu:80/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1336506313218
- Please read the book Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney before the session. You may use a print copy of the book, or it is available for free at http://www.wegivebooks.org/login after registering for the website.
- Please download and have the following documents available for the webinar
- Early Literacy and You; An Overview of Early Literacy [.PDF format, 471k], developed by Saroj Ghoting for Library of Virginia with support provided by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
- Dialogic Hear and Say Reading [.PDF format, 125k], adapted by Saroj Ghoting from materials provided by Every Child Ready to Read @ your library (print two-sided as two "bookmarks")
- Anyone participating in a webinar will have access to an archived version of the webinar for one month after the conclusion of all webinar sessions.
Technical Information for Blackboard:
- Before the session, users can click this link to determine if their pc meets the minimum requirements for Blackboard Collaborate.
- The minimum requirements are listed in this link.
- Quick Reference Guide.
- Essentials for Participants.
- Participant's Guide.
- Introductory session to learn more about how Blackboard works.
Instructions for Participating in a Blackboard Webinar:
Step 1: Downloading and Installing Java Web Start
Java Web Start is required to launch a Blackboard Collaborate session. On the Macintosh, it is pre-installed and automatically updated. For Windows and other operating systems, you will need to download and install it.
The installation of Java Web Start is a one-time process that does not need to be repeated. If you have participated in a Blackboard Collaborate session previously, you should not have to install Java Web Start again. To Check and Configure Your Setup (including setting volume levels for microphone and speakers/headphones), click on Configuration Room.
Step 2: Participating in the session
To join the session, click the session link provided. You can enter 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. Under User Authentication click the As Guest option. Then enter your email address and a display name to complete logging in. If prompted, confirm that you want to download the required file. On some browsers, a window may appear before the file begins downloading. Respond with Open or OK. Your browser or firewall may present you with a Security Warning window. Please click Allow and wait for the session to begin.