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Supporting Our Youngest Readers: Use Data, not Donuts

Workshop participants will: - Alter how you approach family engagement by learning about the latest research on the power of school-family collaboration in at-home learning to support early learning outcomes, including early language development. - Initiate and/or refine planning for your district and/or school to effectively engage families by examining evidence-based strategies that support young learners’ development of foundational skills. - Collaborate with colleagues to discover innovative family engagement methodologies.

This talk was presented at:
2021 National ESEA Conference
February 2021 in Cyberspace
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Vidya Sundaram

Vidya has an extensive background in business leadership and program strategy, and most recently led GreatSchools' family engagement market research and social impact assessments. She holds a degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA and her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Vidya is mom to two kids and proud to be part of a lively multigenerational household.

Elisabeth O'Bryon

Elisabeth was previously the Director of Research and Evaluation at GreatSchools where she worked to design and implement evaluation projects, with a particular focus on rapid-cycle research approaches. Before GreatSchools, Elisabeth was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence where she contributed to the development and evaluation of school-based social and emotional learning programming for children, teachers, and families. Elisabeth has a doctorate in psychology and experience providing school psychological services to preschool through high school-age students in both English and Spanish. Elisabeth recently co-authored 45 Strategies that Support Young Dual Language Learners, a resource that provides practical, developmentally appropriate strategies for supporting children and families from diverse backgrounds and creating inclusive early childhood classrooms that foster the success of young DLLs. Elisabeth is enjoying the many adventures of parenthood with her husband and sons.

Hannah Jong Lee

Hannah Jong Lee, Sr. Project Manager, has successfully managed FASTalk implementations supporting 370 teachers in 570 school sites across the country, primarily in Oakland Unified School District. Previously, she managed large-scale research studies at University of Michigan with vulnerable populations in Head Start schools.