Extended learning episodes focus on research, resources, and programs to support students when they are not in school.  The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading emphasizes the need for summer programming in order to reduce the “summer slide.”

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 35: Interview with Darlene Dingess-Adkins

Planning for extended learning opportunities is an important task that our district leaders and community partners engage in annually; however, with the impact on learning that the COVID-19 pandemic has had, it is critical to ensure that these extended learning opportunities are rigorous, engaging, and meaningful to support students’ learning recovery.

Today, Brittany Fike and I sit down with Darlene Dingess-Adkins, a fellow West Virginia Educator from Logan County, to discuss how Logan County has created a unique extended learning opportunity that supports learning recovery.

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Episode 34: Summer Learning Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on education and student learning. With the uncertainty of how much learning loss has occurred, how can districts, community partners, and educators ensure that summer programming is effective in helping students recover from the pandemic?

Today, Brittany Fike and I sit down to discuss the latest research on planning and implementing effective extended learning programs to support student learning recovery. We will also be joined by Christy Schwartz, a coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Education to talk about an exciting grant opportunity to support creative and unique summer programs in West Virginia.

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Episode 30: Interview with Milagros Nores

Engaging parents and families and working to create strong partnerships is an important way for educators to enhance the overall well-being of the children in their classroom. During the recent unprecedented times, we have experienced, the home-school connections and the strength of these partnerships may seem compromised. But what does the research say?

Today, Blake Turley and I sit down with Milagro Nores from the National Institute for Early Education Research to discuss family engagement. Join us as we talk about the research findings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and early childhood education, along with the lessons that have been learned about the role of family engagement.

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Episode 16: Summer Learning Loss and the Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Today Brandie Turner and I are talking with Bailey Cato Czupryk and Kate Glover from the non-profit organization TNTP, about Summer Learning Loss and the projected effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on those losses.

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Episode 15: Summer Learning Loss and the Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Today I am talking with my colleague and fellow State Early Literacy Specialist, Brandie Turner, about Summer Learning Loss and the projected effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on those losses.

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Episode 14: Interview with Dawn Miller

Interactive read alouds are one of the most powerful practices that both educators and parents have to increase children’s vocabulary and knowledge about the world. Today, I sit down with Read Aloud West Virginia’s Executive Director, Dawn Miller, to discuss how this organization is spreading the practice, power and magic of interactive read alouds across West Virginia.

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Episode 1: Our Most Precious Investment

Being a leader of literacy involves so much more than helping children learn to read. So, what exactly does it involve?  Join us as we discuss the WV Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the four crucial components for developing a solid literacy foundation, and our efforts to help every community in West Virginia develop as leaders of literacy.

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