National Head Start Association Conference
I am very pleased to announce that Karen Nemeth and I will be presenting Links with Libraries: The Surprisingly Diverse Ways Libraries are Supporting School Readiness at the National Head Start Association Conference in Long Beach, CA, on April 30th. Here are the details:
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Session Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learning Block: Classroom Management & Teaching Strategies
Details: Public libraries are doing amazing things for early learning and school readiness. Partnering with them can really help Head Start programs make a difference. Ideas for collaborating with libraries should be part of every Head Start teachers plan for supporting young DLLs (Dual Language Learners). This session will present exciting examples of library initiatives that meet diverse language needs, offer access to technology, and build family literacy.
Learning Outcome #1: Participants will learn an overview of ways that early childhood programs and libraries can work together,
Learning Outcome #2: Participants will learn about specific library initiatives, resources and funding options,
Learning Outcome #3: Participants will list the library resources and needs in their communities and how they can be used to leverage existing Head Start programs and services to better serve children/families.
Karen Nemeth, Ed.M.
Karen Nemeth, Ed.M Nemeth, Ed.M. has been working with young children and their teachers for … a long time. From her graduate work in language acquisition through her years as a teacher, college professor, and professional development provider for child care resource and referral agencies and the New Jersey Department of Education, she has continued to study the research and the work of tireless practitioners in supporting first and second language development. Now she is an author and speaker on early childhood education and language development. She has worked with diverse early childhood programs across the country to improve services for DLLs and school readiness Karen has written several books on young dual language learners, several articles for NAEYC and other periodicals, and maintains a resource sharing website at http://www.languagecastle.com.
Cen is the founder of LittleeLit.com and the librarian at Bookboard.com. She has driven a bookmobile, managed branch libraries, developed innovative programs for babies, young children and teens, and now helps other libraries incorporate digital media into their early literacy programming. She is currently a consultant for the California State Library’s Early Learning with Families 2.0 Initiative and serves on the American Library Association’s Children & Technology committee.