Training Collaboration with Karen Nemeth: New Media Storytime for Linguistically Diverse Populations

I am very pleased to announce a new training collaboration between LittleeLit and Karen Nemeth of Language Castle. Karen and I have presented together a number of times and recently published an article in  Teaching Young Children (the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s publication for preschool teachers) entitled Get to Know the New Children’s Librarian. Karen is a staunch supporter of libraries and librarians and is a member of the LittleeLit Think Tank. Please see this post she wrote for LittleeLit: Resources to Support Including Dual Language Learners in Storytime.

New Media Storytime for Linguistically Diverse Populations
Presenters: Cen Campbell & Karen Nemeth

According to the U.S. Census, young dual language learners are the fastest growing segment of our population. New media like multilingual apps and eBooks can greatly enhance early learning for dual language learners because they can be more interactive and responsive to different language needs, they can provide visual supports for language, and unlike print materials, they can provide auditory supports as well. This workshop will include promising practices for the incorporation of new media into library collections, services and programs for young children and their families, with an emphasis on content and techniques for supporting linguistically diverse populations. Strategies for reaching out to diverse members of the community and making them feel welcome will also be addressed.

Karen 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 on ways they can use technology to meet the needs of children, families and teachers who speak different languages.  She also tests early childhood apps and websites on an informal basis with toddlers and preschoolers.  In addition to writing Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education with Fran Simon, Karen has written several books on young dual language learners, several articles for NAEYC and other periodicals, and maintains a resource sharing website at www.languagecastle.com.

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Posted on February 13, 2014, in Literacy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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