Supporting Children's Literacy Development at Home: Aligning Home and School Practices
Looking for free literacy resources to share with families that reflect research evidence? Seeking guidance on how to disseminate and deliver evidence-based literacy information to families? In this workshop, participants will: a) learn about the National Center on Improving Literacy's (NCIL) free "Supporting Your Child's Literacy Development at Home" toolkit that provides families with evidence-based strategies, tips, and activities to help children develop as readers from preschool through adolescence; b) explore strategies to assist schools and organizations in disseminating toolkit information directly to families; and c) hear lessons learned from Family Connection of South Carolina's experience delivering learning sessions based on NCIL resources to diverse families before and during the pandemic.
Ms. Baker's background and degrees in Special Education and Language and Literacy has provided her a well-rounded outlook on literacy development in children of all ages. Additionally, She has training in Orton-Gillingham and was a previous member of the South Carolina Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
In addition to leading the parent and family strand at NCIL, Dr. Sayko has assisted the Michigan Department of Education in developing resources on equitable family-school partnerships for early literacy achievement for leaders, educators, and families. Previously, she was a literacy content specialist for the Center on Instruction and a technical assistance provider with the National Reading Technical Assistance Center (NRTAC) and the Reading First Sustainability Project. In these capacities, she designed professional learning experiences and resources for literacy leaders and practitioners in evidence-based literacy practices and presented extensively on how to implement and sustain these practices in schools to regional service agency staff, district and school administrators, and instructional coaches.