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, ...

Episode 31: Interview with Amanda Peyton

In education, family engagement and family involvement are often used interchangeably; however, the distinction between these two terms is crucial to understand how to build strong, meaningful partnerships with parents and families. Today, Blake Turley and I sit down with fellow West Virginia Educator, Amanda Peyton, to talk more about parent and family engagement. ...

Episode 26: Interview with Dan Torres and Cathryn Miller

It is never too early to begin supporting the healthy growth and development of a child. The first years of a child’s life are a period of incredible growth and development. By building relationships as well as social and emotional skills, caregivers can promote healthy brain development and set the stage for future learning ...

Episode 25: Building Foundational Interactions to Support Child Development

Building foundational interactions with young children is not only crucial to their development but it is also vital for future success. Building these foundational interactions to support a child’s development is not only limited to parents and caregivers but successful development of these foundational interactions is also dependent upon the types of interactions that ...

Episode 5: Interview with Nancy Hanna

School readiness begins at birth and truly embodies the African proverb, "it takes a village to raise a child." Today, Maggie Luma and I interview Nancy Hanna, the Associate Superintendent for Greenbrier County Schools to discuss school readiness and how Greenbrier County has pulled together their own village to provide school readiness support to ...

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