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Welcome to the Leaders of Literacy Podcast Series. Episodes are released monthly and are designed to enhance your understanding of research-based topics related to improving third-grade literacy outcomes. Through this podcast, the West Virginia Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading team strives to connect educators with early literacy research and resources in order to provide every West Virginia child with the best opportunities possible.

Are you ready to become a leader of literacy?

Latest episodes

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.

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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.

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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 to Cabell County students.

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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.

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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 Office of Teaching and Learning at the WV Department of Education. Not only do these ladies discuss the importance of afterschool STEAM programs, but they also provide the latest findings and research the Afterschool Alliance has published about West Virginia after school programs. Tune in to hear more!

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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.

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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.

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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 a plethora of suggestions and ideas from her own classroom experiences.

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Browse past episodes by Campaign for Grade-Level Reading category:

School Readiness

Attendance

Extended Learning

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