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Resources for the Summits 2020-2021

Resources for the Summits 2020-2021

Handouts for many of the presentations offered during each Summit are available here and are organized by presentation title. Please note: Not all of the breakout sessions have a supplemental handout and some presenters chose not to have their PowerPoint posted on this page.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Holly Lane - Building a Strong Foundation for Reading (Handout)

Dr. Nicole Patton-Terry – Are the Children Ready? Resources to Support Early Learning and School Readiness (Handout)

Dr. Pamela Phelps – What Does School Readiness Really Mean? (Handout)

Breakout Sessions

Emergent Literacy from Preschool to Kindergarten: The Parents’ Perspective

DeArdra Rolle, Special Projects Administrator Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department, Head Start and Early Head Start Division

Michelle Toral, Special Projects Administrator Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department, Head Start and Early Head Start Division

Parents play an integral role in the language and literacy development of young children. This session will provide participants with practical strategies and tips on how to engage preschool parents in supporting continuous literacy development as their children transition into kindergarten. Educators will also benefit from strategies to forge partnerships with parents that foster a love of reading in home and school.

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Ready, Set, Go! Preparing Preschoolers for Success in Kindergarten

Suzanne Adinolfi, Ph.D., Northwest VPK Regional Facilitator, Office of Early Learning

Strengthening the social and emotional competencies of young children prepares them for success in Kindergarten and beyond. This interactive session is designed to address specific strategies and considerations for equipping young children for a smooth transition.

(Handout)

Supports for Instructional Leaders and Data-Informed Decision Making: A Guided Virtual Tour of the New Director Toolkit and Professional Learning Modules

Cassandra Jackson, Educational Policy Consultant, Office of Early Learning

Developed to assist early childhood program directors, mentors, coaches and instructors in planning professional development goals for continuous program and instructional improvement, be the first to explore the newly developed Director Toolkit and Professional Learning Modules available through the Office of Early Learning.

(Handout 1,Handout 2,Handout 3)

Building Community Relationships that Support Children Transitioning to Kindergarten

Dawn Espinoza, Senior Training Specialist, Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Pasco-Hernando

One knows that building community relationships between preschool and kindergarten teachers is central to supporting social and emotional strength for children transitioning to kindergarten. What might happen if we engage the entire community? A child’s community is larger than a center and school. Their communities include libraries, pediatricians, shopping centers, banks, churches, sports establishments and so on. Join us as we look through an ecological lens to ensure children are confident and ready for Kindergarten.

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Preschool Makeover: Literacy Edition & Let’s Give them Something to Talk About!: Literacy Tools You Can Use

Terri Konczak, Southwest VPK Regional Facilitator, Office of Early Learning

Ana Gonzalez, Central VPK Regional Facilitator, Office of Early Learning

Jamie Harmon, West Central VPK Regional Facilitator, Office of Early Learning

Ana Roa, South VPK Regional Facilitator, Office of Early Learning

Heather Sargent, Southeast VPK Regional Facilitator, Office of Early Learning

Karla Sotelo-Blanco, South VPK Regional Facilitator, Office of Early Learning

Suzanne Adinolfi, Ph.D., Northwest VPK Regional Facilitator, Office of Early Learning

Amanda Moore, Northeast VPK Regional Facilitator, Office of Early Learning

This information packed session offers a variety of tools necessary for building a firm foundation in early literacy development. Early childhood professionals will be presented with activities, resources, and professional development opportunities that will support them in constructing, scaffolding, and extending emergent literacy experiences in their classrooms.

(Handout 1,Handout 2,Handout 3,Handout 4)

Introduction to Professional Learning Community: Emergent Literacy

Marcia Kosanovich, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, REL Southeast

Sarah Hughes, Southeast School Readiness Partnership Manager, REL Southeast

Join our presenters to learn about a new multi-media resource from the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast called, Professional Learning Community: Emergent Literacy (PLC). The PLC materials are designed to guide preschool teachers as they collaborate through discussions, engage in hands-on activities, and reflect on their use of evidence-based language and literacy strategies to support the four building blocks of emergent literacy development in preschool, Print Knowledge, Phonological Awareness, Vocabulary, and Oral Language. During this session, participants will 1) explore the materials, 2) learn about the PLC process, 3) engage in activities about the four building blocks of emergent literacy development, and 4) discuss options for local implementation.

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Broward Countdown to Kindergarten

Dr. Lori Canning, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Early Learning Language Acquisition

Layne Polakoff, BCPS, Early Learning Language Acquisition

Allison Metsch, ELC of Broward County

Broward County Public Schools and core community partners are on the Countdown to Kindergarten! Join us to learn about our Broward Reads Campaign, part of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading, and collaborative work to provide families of incoming kindergarten children with resources, information, and family opportunities to support building a STRONG FOUNDATION towards school readiness and beyond. Broward Countdown to Kindergarten core partners include the Children Services Council of Broward County, United Way of Broward County, Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Broward County Libraries, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and Broward County Public Schools. Resources shared include a Broward Kindergarten website, Roadmap to Kindergarten highlighting the Florida BEST Standards and readiness strategies, Kindergarten transition books, and the Broward Summer Reading Calendar Gameboard.

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OEL’s Transition to Kindergarten Toolkit - A Tool You Must See!

Iris Guevara, Program Specialist, Office of Early Learning

OEL’s new Transition to Kindergarten Toolkit is designed to guide districts, schools, educational centers, and educators in creating a smooth transition to kindergarten for children and their families. The toolkit’s framework includes a suggested timeline with transition activities that may occur throughout the preschool year (e.g., Winter, Spring, Summer) and during the beginning of the kindergarten year (e.g., Fall). Participants will learn how to access and use a variety of transition tools (e.g., sample editable templates/documents and other resources), during designated times throughout the transition to kindergarten.

(Handout 1,Handout 2)

Vertical Progression Prek-Grade 3 – Bridging the Early Learning Standards to the B.E.S.T. ELA Standards

Tamra Thatcher, State Regional Literacy Director-Region 7, Florida Department of Education

Paula Ellis, State Regional Literacy Director-Region 14, Florida Department of Education

Melissa Miller, State Regional Literacy Director-Region 13, Florida Department of Education   

Melinda Webster, VPK Program Manager, Office of Early Learning

The goal of this presentation is to explore the Crosswalk between the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards: 4 Years Old to Kindergarten (2017) and the Florida B.E.S.T. K-3 Standards (2020), the progressions and discuss how they can be used in planning quality instruction for students.

(Handout 1,Handout 2,Handout 3)

Early Literacy Resources for Providers & Parents

Jenn Faber, Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign Director, Florida Children's Council

Lindsay Holmes, Communications and Community Relations Director, Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, Inc.

Brooke Flood, School Readiness Coordinator, School District of Indian River County

Dr. Lori Canning, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Early Learning Language Acquisition

Layne Polakoff, BCPS, Early Learning Language Acquisition

Allison Metsch, ELC of Broward County

Join FGLRC’s Director, Jenn Faber, along with several local GLR Community Leads, as we share our abundance of free resources, complimentary trainings and local events supporting early literacy, including ‘Sound Beginnings Early Language Development’ trainings, Early Literacy Public Service Announcements, Early Reading Instruction Webinars, Supporting Literacy in School-Age Programs Online Course, EarlyCare Text Messaging Service, Parent & Teacher Tipsheets, and much more! Many of these great resources are now available in Spanish.

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Wild About Kindergarten – “Get on the Kindergarten Express”

Wendy Reaves, Early Learning Coordinator, Volusia County Schools

Jessica Duncan, Denise Peddicord, Karen Lassiter, Volusia County Schools

This presentation will share resources to provide all stakeholders an opportunity for a smooth transition to kindergarten. Participants will receive information on Parent & Family Engagement and have an opportunity to fill a Teacher’s Toolbox. All resources provided are suggestions to help prepare young students for a new school environment.

(Handout 1,Handout 2)

Supporting Language and Vocabulary Development in the Early Childhood Classroom

Karli Willis, Associate in Research, Florida Center for Reading Research

Beth Phillips, Ph.D., Professor, Florida State University and Associate Director, Florida Center for Reading Research

This session will focus on instructional strategies and guidelines to support children’s acquisition of vocabulary and more complex expressive language skills.

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The Power of Partnerships – Together Stronger

Sonia Meier, Director of Early Childhood Education Services, R'Club Child Care, Inc.

Gail Ramsdell, Early Childhood Specialist, Pinellas County Schools

Angela Tufts, Provider Services Manager, Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County

Partnerships are a powerful way to gain momentum in any endeavor. Learn how the Preschool Kindergarten Partnership in Pinellas County has harnessed the power of partnerships to help create a smooth and effective transition to kindergarten for children and families.

 (Handout 1,Handout 2)