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Supporting Young Children's Meaning Making, Oral Language Development, and Independence Through Reading / A Virtual Half-Day Workshop

Presented by Kathy Collins and Matt Glover

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Date and Time

One, half-day workshop from 11:30am to 2:30pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Please note that this virtual half-day workshop is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


When young children interact with books before they can read conventionally, you may ask yourself:

  • Are they really reading or not?
  • What are they doing as they look at the pages?
  • What can we do to support their reading and language development?
  • How can we nurture their healthy and resilient reading identities?

In this virtual workshop, Kathy and Matt will begin by showing you how young children's interactions with any book count as real reading and denote a precious time in their reading lives, whether or not they can read the words. When we view children as readers and nurture what they're doing before they can read conventionally, we're helping them develop healthy reading habits and identities as well as a disposition toward meaning making and joyful engagement with all books.

One of the challenges you may face when your students explore books is figuring out what to say to the students, based on what you see. Kathy and Matt will share with you practical and replicable ideas for interacting with young children in ways that nudge them to think deeply and talk more about their books. They'll show how to support children's independence with books and identities as readers.

Finally, Kathy and Matt will show you how to provide literacy opportunities that are inviting, child-centered, and considerate of all young children, no matter who they are as readers or what they can do with books.

Learning Objectives

  • Expand the definition of what it means to read and to be a reader
  • Observe and name the wide range of meaning-making strategies young children use as they read
  • Understand how children approach familiar, unfamiliar, and informational books
  • Learn how to support young children's language expansion and elaboration as they read
  • Create conditions that encourage children towards independence and intention as they read
  • Provide tailored instruction to nudge children's meaning-making intentions and language use

About the Presenters

Matt Glover has been a teacher, principal, author, and consultant for over thirty years. He is the author of several books, including Engaging Young Writers, and I Am Reading (co-authored by Kathy Collins), which informs this workshop. Matt's most recent book is Craft and Process Studies: Units that Provide Writers with Choice of Genre.

Kathy Collins coauthored I Am Reading with Matt Glover. She presents at conferences and works in elementary schools to help develop high-quality, effective literacy instruction. Kathy has worked closely with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and has over twenty years of experience as an educator.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of Pre-K to first grade, classroom assistants, early childhood learning specialists, literacy coaches, principals, and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this virtual half-day workshop is $60.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this workshop, we highly recommend I Am Reading: Nurturing Young Children's Meaning Making and Joyful Engagement with Any Book.


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04/07/2021 - Eastern Time, ET

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