This workshop offeres effective strategies for developing vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, higher order thinking and imagination.
Is your storybook reading magical for children? Do they beg you to read to them? Come to this session to discover ways to motivate your children to love literature while also building their oral language, vocabulary, comprehension and imagination—crucial components for developing young readers. Research continues to support the findings of the 1985 Commission on Reading that found read aloud to be “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading." Story dramatizations and story baskets are also shared. We have found these activities to be effective in providing children with opportunities to enhance oral language and vocabulary development, story retelling and comprehension skills especially for ELL students.
Assistant Director, Outreach & Education
Jordan graduated from Washington State University and became a Teach For America Houston corps member in 2007. Jordan taught at KIPP Dream Prep in Houston’s fifth ward in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms. She served as the Response to Intervention coordinator for three years while also serving as the Dean of the Lower School and later as the Assistant Principal. In 2009, she was honored for her leadership with the Teach for America and KIPP Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award. Jordan has been involved with School Literacy & Culture since 2008 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Outreach & Education where she works closely with the Early Literacy Leadership Academy cohorts. In addition to her involvement with SLC, Jordan graduated from the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business with her MBA in 2013 and was a member of the fourth REEP (Rice Entrepreneurial Education Program) cohort.
Sharon earned a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies (with early childhood and ESL specializations) from Texas A&M and an M.S. in early childhood from University of Houston – Clear Lake. Sharon taught three-year-old and pre-K classes for eight years in Houston-area private schools. She has also taught kindergarten and first grade classes at Creative Writing Camp (CWC) for 15 summers and acted as site supervisor the past four summers. Sharon was a nominee for the 1997 HAAEYC (Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children) Classroom Teacher of the Year award and was named HAAEYC’s Teacher Educator of the Year in 2005.
Sharon trained as a resident with School Literacy and Culture in 1996 and has been mentoring with SLC in toddler through 2nd grade classrooms since 1999. She also acts as special projects coordinator for SLC.