Today, Maggie Luma and I sit down with Lisa Fisher, the Coordinator of Readiness and Assessment in the Office of Early and Elementary Education at the West Virginia Department of Education, to have a conversation about the initiative, Ready, Set, Go! WV. We discuss the important role that the initiative plays to ensure that the state of West Virginia, along with local communities, schools, and families are supporting the needs of children from birth to the end of kindergarten in getting the best start possible!
What to Listen for:
- What is the state of West Virginia’s definition of school readiness?
- How does Ready, Set, Go! WV support school readiness for children in the state?
- What does it mean to be a “Ready State” and/or “Ready Community”?
- How can communities provide support for the needs of local children from birth to the end of kindergarten?
- What does it mean to be a “Ready School”?
- How can schools provide school readiness support for children and their families prior to entering pre-k?
- How can schools provide school readiness support for children and their families entering pre-k or kindergarten?
- What are “Ready Families”?
- What does the term universal pre-k mean?
- How is West Virginia a leader in early education?
- What does the term “Ready Children” mean?
- What can teachers do to support school readiness with children, families, and communities?
- How does school readiness affect future literacy success?
My hope is that this episode ignites local conversations about the importance surrounding school readiness and helps to inspire the development of new supports and resources that communities, schools and families can use in order to meet the needs of EVERY child from birth.