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Professional Learning Network for Early Literacy Instruction

Free Sessions to Discuss Best Practices, Connect Regional Colleagues

PLN: Early Learning Sessions on Reading and Writing (Dec 2022 and Mar 2023)

The December PLN session will feature keynote speaker Claude Goldenberg, Ph.D. A keynote presentation by Joan Sedita, M.Ed., will be featured in March.

Educator knowledge is critical to student success, not just in early childhood, but as children develop into proficient readers. Scientific research clearly shows the ways children learn to read, and each student deserves a knowledgeable educator who understands the evidence base and the methodology of teaching reading.

Knowing how crucial it is for teachers to be able to help their students become successful, lifelong learners, the Curriculum and Instruction Department at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is hosting two free Professional Learning Network (PLN) sessions discussing early literacy instruction and evidence-based practices. Following the presentations, attendees will also get an opportunity to brainstorm with regional colleagues about ways they can support each other. 

The two PLN sessions will be conducted online. They are being offered statewide thanks to support from the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Collaborative for Excellence in Education (CCEE). 

Professional Learning Network Sessions

Session 1: December 7, 2022 

Keynote: “English Learners and the Reading Rope” (Claude Goldenberg, Ph.D.) 

Breakout sessions will follow the keynote featuring Maria Murray, Ph.D.; Nancy Cushen-White, Ed.D.; Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D.; Nancy Hennessy, M.Ed.; and David Kilpatrick, Ph.D. Topics include language comprehension, the continuum of decoding strategies, fluency data, word level reading problems, and the syntax-semantics comprehension connection.

Session 2: March 29, 2023 

Keynote: “The Writing Rope: Evidence-Based Writing Instruction” (Joan Sedita, M.Ed.) 

Breakout sessions will follow the keynote featuring Lucy Hart Paulson, Ed. D., CCC-SLP; Pam Kastner, Ed.D.; Amy Siracusano, MS Ed.; and Carol Tolman, Ed.D. Topics include foundations for young writers, spelling, the simple view of writing, and the reading/writing connection.