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Science of Reading-Based Professional Development: Why It’s Essential for Early Childhood Educators

Wednesday, July 31, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Science of Reading-Based Professional Development: Why It’s Essential for Early Childhood Educators

Presented by Dr. Nicol Russell, Vice President of Implementation Research, Teaching Strategies; and Lesley Jennings, Manager, PD Teacher Membership Plus, Teaching Strategies

Sponsored by Teaching Strategies

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In a February 2024 survey conducted by Teaching Strategies, 83% of early childhood educators said they are not very familiar with the Science of Reading, and only 28% said they feel very prepared to build students’ early literacy abilities. How can we best support early childhood teachers to build up their knowledge of the Science of Reading and their confidence and abilities in teaching early literacy?

High-quality professional development can give educators the knowledge and practice they need to support children’s emerging literacy skills. Join experts from Teaching Strategies as we examine best practices for early literacy professional development and certification for teachers. Together, we will explore:

  • Why high-quality, Science-of-Reading-based professional development is essential to your early learning program
  • What an effective early literacy professional development program should include
  • How a comprehensive certification program can add value to a teacher’s professional portfolio and a program’s impact on child outcomes

Ensure teachers are prepared to support every child in your program—join us to learn more. This edWebinar will be of interest to PreK-3 school and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Nicol Russell

About the Presenters

Dr. Nicol Russell currently serves as Vice President of Implementation Research for Teaching Strategies, LLC. She has been an ECE teacher, a school administrator, a Head Start State Collaboration Director, and a State-level administrator for the Arizona Department of Education. She is a member of the ReadOn Arizona State Advisory Board and is a former board member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Her research interests include studying the implementation practices of early learning programs and considering ways to create more equitable opportunities for BIPOC children and educators. Dr. Russell holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in early childhood and early childhood special education and a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership.

Lesley Jennings

Lesley Jennings currently works as a Manager for the PD Teacher Membership Plus at Teaching Strategies overseeing the Early Literacy Certification. She has a bachelor’s degree in child development from Spelman College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Lesley has decades of educational experience as a teacher, coach, instructional specialist, and supervisor. Most recently, she was an educational consultant for Teaching Strategies where she offered support and guidance to administrators and teachers who are implementing Teaching Strategies in their programs, large and small. Lesley enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two young adult children.

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Teaching StrategiesTeaching Strategies is the leading provider of early childhood curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family engagement solutions. Its products, including the most widely used curriculum and assessment solutions, The Creative Curriculum® and GOLD®, are found in over 270,000 classrooms and more than 80 countries around the world and reach over 4 million children each year. A trusted partner and advocate for the early education community for 45 years, today Teaching Strategies connects teachers, children, and families to inspired teaching and learning experiences, insightful data, stronger family partnerships, and professional learning through the leading early learning platform and resources.

Teaching Strategies. As the leading early childhood education provider, we help teachers impact over 4,000,000 children’s lives each year.


Wednesday, July 31, 2024
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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