Episode 53: Building Effective School Community Partnerships

Looking for ways to build effective school-community partnerships? In this episode, Early and Elementary Learning Specialists, Becky Lewis and Samantha Statler discuss the benefits and importance of forming effective school-community partnerships. Tune in to hear a little more about where you can start on your journey to building effective school-community partnerships. Show Notes ...

Episode 52: Summer Learning: How We Can Support You

Join Becky Lewis, Brandie Turner, and J.D. Maue, as they discuss how the Early and Elementary Technical Assistance Center (EL TAC) and Marshall University's June Harless Center can support districts and educators throughout the state with their summer learning programs. Show Notes Show Transcript

Ep. 50 Interview with Leslie Summers

In this episode, Early and Elementary Learning Specialists Becky Lewis and Danielle Irby interview Leslie Summers. Leslie works in the WVU Extension Office and discusses some of the extended learning services that are available through the WVU Extension Office. Leslie primary role as the 4-H agent focuses on positive youth development by offering programs ...

Episode 51: Tips and Lessons from Summer S.O.L.E.

 Join Becky Lewis, Brandie Turner, and Christy Schwartz, as they discuss the engaging, hand-on activities that West Virginia Students experienced last year as a part of the Summer SOLE Grant Program. Christy shares tips and ideas that districts can take into consideration as they plan their upcoming summer learning programs. Show Notes Show ...

Episode 49: Extended Learning Opportunities with STEAM

This is a great time of the year to start planning for those engaging summer learning opportunities for your students this upcoming summer. In this episode, two of the Early and Elementary Learning Specialists speak with Keisha Runion-Thompson, the Science, STEAM, Computer Science, and Social Studies coordinator for Early and Elementary Services in the ...

Episode 48: Interview with Paula Stewart

In this episode, Early and Elementary Learning Specialists, Sam Statler and Kerri Templeton, are joined by Paula Stewart, an Infant/Toddler Specialist. Paula brings light to the importance of a toddler’s social and emotional well-being. She also shares several strategies a caregiver could use during their daily routine to help foster the learn. Show ...

Episode 47: Strengthening School Readiness Skills from Infancy

Not sure how to work on school readiness skills with an infant or toddler? Tune in to hear from three of the Early and Elementary Learning Specialists as they discuss how you can help support language and literacy skills, thinking skills, and even help instill self-confidence in our youngest learners. Show Notes ...

Episode 46: Interview with Melinda Mack

Using project work to integrate early literacy and early math in your classroom may sound like a daunting task, but allowing your students interests to be heard and exploring them more in depth can make learning fun AND engaging. If you have been debating using project work in your classroom, our special guest shares ...

Episode 45: How to Integrate Early Literacy and Early Numeracy

In our previous podcast episode, we discussed the importance of integrating early literacy and numeracy. In this episode, early and elementary learning specialists Becky Lewis, Sam Statler, and Amber Myers discuss the “how” of integrating these two topics as it pertains to early educators and other childcare providers serving children from birth to age ...

Episode 44: Interview with Kristy Ritz

Tune in to listen to special guest Kristy Ritz discuss how community organizations can support families with early childhood development. Kristy is the Program Director at Choices Child Care Resource and Referral. This agency is a program of River Valley Child Development Services and serves eight counties in WV including Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, ...

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