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Setting the Stage for Early Literacy

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Setting the Stage for Early Literacy

Presented by Amy Mascott, Scholastic Author and Owner of; and Allison McDonald, Scholastic Author and Owner of
Hosted by Tara Welty, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, Scholastic Teacher Resources

Sponsored by Scholastic Education

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Step into any early childhood classroom and you’ll find toddlers who have been drilled the alphabet at home, preschoolers whose parents read to them every day, and youngsters who have never been read to until they walk into the classroom. As teachers, we open our arms wide and welcome all of these children, even as we mentally take note of their diverse abilities. Then it hits us—to reach each one of these wonderful kids, we need a huge reservoir of developmentally appropriate activities to set the stage for early literacy.

Just for early childhood educators, this edWebinar is chock full of fun, just-right activities that build oral language and early reading and writing skills. Amy and Allison break down the hows and whys of early literacy into bite-size pieces to help busy teachers support our youngest learners’ individual development without pushing them too hard. Viewers will leave with ideas for creating a literacy-rich environment; literacy activities for whole-class, small-group, and independent learning; strategies for building an effective home-school connection; and much more.

This recorded edWebinar is a must-attend for teachers of daycare, pre-school, and kindergarten.


Amy MascottAbout the Presenters

Amy Mascott is the creator of, where she shares tools and resources parents can use to become the best teachers they can be for their children. A reading specialist, writer, and literacy consultant, Amy’s work has been featured on dozens of online and print publications, including Scholastic Parents, PBS Parents,, PBS Digital Studios, and more. A former high school English teacher, Amy often shares her expertise at local and national conferences and events. Married to an elementary school principal, Amy resides in the DC Metro with her three crazy-cool kids, a dog, two birds, and four fish. Along with Allison McDonald, she is the co-author of Raising a Rock-Star Reader and Setting the Stage for Rock-Star Readers.


Allison McDonaldAllison McDonald is a preschool teacher and the founder of the popular early education website Allison speaks about early childhood education to teachers across the country, sharing her passion for teaching and developmentally appropriate practice. Her work can be found in many places online, including PBS Parents and Scholastic Parents. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in early childhood and family development. Along with Amy Mascott, she is the co-author of Raising a Rock-Star Reader and Setting the Stage for Rock-Star Readers.


Tara WeltyAbout the Host

Tara Welty serves as Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic Teacher Resources.


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At Scholastic Education, we believe that the development of robust literacy skills is at the very heart of empowering children to thrive in school and in life. For nearly 100 years, we’ve partnered with districts and schools to inspire lifelong readers and learners. From transformative, research-based literacy instruction, to expert professional development, and groundbreaking family & community engagement, we partner with educators every step of the way on the path to literacy.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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