Big Ideas for Our Littlest Readers

Big Ideas for Our Littlest Readers(PreK-K)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This program is traditionally a face-to-face classroom training program, but the Summer/Fall 2020 Semester section will be held online as we prioritize distance learning in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Developmentally Appropriate Strategies for Supporting Children to Be Happy, Healthy, and Strong Readers, Thinkers, and Talkers Before They Can Read Conventionally

This session is geared to preschool – kindergarten teachers and focused on ways to support and extend all of the things children do as readers before they can read conventionally. Kathy will show child-centered and developmentally appropriate ways that we can foster children’s healthy reading identities, deepen their meaning making skills, and interact in ways that expand their expressive and receptive language skills through interactions with books. Kathy will use video examples to share practical teaching ideas grown from her research and work with Matt Glover around ways to support children’s reading lives and identities right from the start.


Instructor Bios


Big Ideas for Our Littlest Readers(PreK-K)

  • Kathy Collins

    Kathy Collins presents at conferences and works in schools all over the world to support teachers in developing high-quality, effective literacy instruction in the early childhood settings and elementary school grades. She is the co-author, along with Janine Bempechat of Not This But That: No More Mindless Homework (Heinemann, 2017). She also co-authored, with Matt Glover, I Am Reading: Nurture Meaning-Making and Joyful Engagement with Texts (Heinemann, 2015). Kathy’s other books include Reading for Real: Teach Children to Read With Power, Intention, and Joy in K-3 Classrooms (Stenhouse, 2008) and Growing Readers: Units of Study in Primary Classrooms (Stenhouse, 2004). Kathy has worked closely with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and she was a first-grade teacher in Brooklyn, New York. Kathy and her family live in Durham, New Hampshire.

09:00am - 03:30pm
Live Online
Kathy Collins
179.00 Tuition (includes lunch)