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Welcome to the first annual June Institute for Schools at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines Iowa!  

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Thursday, June 13 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Oral Language as the Foundation of Early Literacy Learning

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In a meta-analysis of early literacy studies, the National Early Literacy Panel found strong support for the importance of phonological awareness, alphabetic knowledge, writing/name writing, as some of the strongest predictors of later reading and writing success.  As children learn to read and write, they rely on their use and understanding of oral language structures as a foundation.  Young children’s oral language skills, including vocabulary, should receive explicit efforts of support in the early care and education settings including in preschool.  This session will examine the English language structure and how intentional embedded learning opportunities of various early literacy components can be provided to strengthen young children’s skills in these areas.  

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Betsy Lin

ECSE Consultant, Iowa Department of Education

Amy Stegeman

EC Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
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Kimberly Villotti

Administrative Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
Kimberly is a member of the Early Childhood Team at the Iowa Department of Education.  She has worked in various settings in early childhood and early elementary grades as well as in leadership positions. They are well trained in early literacy content and have provided professional... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
  Literacy, Early Childhood
  • Conference Type Demonstration
  • Session Type General Session