Pre-K Institute

Wednesday, February 28 — Friday, March 2, 2018

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Grade: Pre-K
Featuring: Rachel Rothman, Christine Holley, Kimberly Fox

This institute will focus on the Project’s latest thinking around Pre-K. We know that a huge part of a Pre-K day is spent playing so we’ll highlight the intersection of literacy and play, but during this institute we will also provide you with help supporting your young readers, writers, and talkers.

You will learn how to plan for read aloud as a cornerstone of your classroom instruction. Presenters will help you consider different types of read aloud across the day in order to augment children’s literacy experiences. You will practice using Sulzby’s method of emergent storybook reading and will hear about storytelling and story acting and the use of wordless picture books to strengthen children’s language skills. A wide range of books will be introduced and you will learn ways read aloud can be used to nurture, engage, and activate children’s minds and emotions.

You’ll also have a chance to learn about how Shared Reading can be used to support the development of meaning-making and language skills as well as phonological awareness. You’ll have an opportunity to plan out and practice a series of Shared Reading lessons, focusing on different skills across the sessions.

The institute will also address the significance of drawing and writing for a variety of purposes, from sharing stories about the people and places from students’ lives to teaching everything they know about the things they love the most. You can imagine the opportunities for rich language development as kids talk, draw, and write and the presenters will give you concrete strategies and coaching prompts to get young writers to say and do even more. You will learn new ways of using blocks for more than building, so that students are provided with problem-solving opportunities to plan and carry out projects while incorporating literacy connections, such as signs, maps, blueprints, and books.

You’ll hear practical advice for monitoring and recording children’s work and ways to use these observations to make adaptations and modifications designed to meet the needs of every child in the room. Listening to children’s talk, observing their interactions with books, materials, and one another can give you a window into their lives and help you plan for their learning with intention and flexibility. You will leave confident about how best to support language and literacy development at the Pre-K level, all the while having tons of fun learning alongside other teachers dedicated to providing young children with excellent school experiences!


$650/$600 NYC DOE


This institute will take place at the Teachers College campus.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY