Date: Tuesday, February 27
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Pacific) / 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) at WestEd is hosting a Research to Practice Spotlight webinar series that unpacks key evidence-based practices and recommendations to promote the learning of students with disabilities and others struggling to learn reading and math. Learn about key practices and considerations for SEAs and LEAs in supporting educators with implementation.
This second session, Supporting Practice Guide Implementation: Preparing Young Children for School, Language and Literacy Recommendations, will focus on building the foundational literacy skills of early learners, including those who may benefit from additional support. Our presenters will cover the following:
- Review the evidence-based language and literacy recommendations in the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide, Preparing Young Children for School
- Show relevant examples of early childhood program curricula and activities
- Facilitate discussions on ways SEAs and LEAs can support educators to implement recommendations with diverse learners in varied contexts
Future sessions will address other recommendations from this guide.
Jill Pentimonti is the Director of Research Advancement and Institute for Educational Initiatives Affiliate at the University of Notre Dame. Her expertise lies in early childhood language and literacy development. Her research investigates the efficacy of interventions designed to support foundational skills in early childhood contexts, as well as investigations of applied issues in early assessment. Dr. Pentimonti earned a doctorate in Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood from The Ohio State University.
Laura Berry Kuchle is a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research. She currently works with the NCSI, IDEA Data Center, and Texas Special Education Performance Diagnostic project. For NCSI, her work focuses on research-informed and evidence-based practices, equity, and State Systemic Improvement Plans. Her background is in school psychology.
Lauren Artzi is a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research. She brings over sixteen years of experience in education. Artzi’s research and technical assistance activities focus on the areas of second language education, literacy instruction and assessment for English learners and students with disabilities, leadership, and multi-tiered systems of support. Currently, Artzi provides technical assistance through several federally funded national centers including the NCSI and the Lead for Literacy Center.
Who Will Benefit
- Community Service Providers
- SEA and LEA Administrators
- Teachers & Teacher Educators
Watch the recording of the first session and learn more about the Research to Practice Spotlight Webinar Series.