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Developing Early Literacy Skills

June 28, 2012
Idea Center at Playhouse Square
Cleveland, Ohio
View the archived program online.
To increase awareness of the research base on developing early language and literacy skills, REL Midwest and its Early Childhood Research Alliance hosted a one-hour public television event designed to provide studio audience members and television viewers with practical recommendations to improve early childhood literacy skills. The strategies that were presented can be implemented across early childhood care and education contexts or at home by parents.

The event featured Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D., director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who discussed recommendations from the Doing What Works Preschool Language and Literacy website as well as findings from the National Early Literacy Panel. Stephanie Siddens, Ph.D., director of the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness at the Ohio Department of Education, discussed how the recommendations align with the goals outlined in Ohio's Early Learning Challenge Grant. Education consultant Yu-Ling Yeh shared classroom experiences. The recommendations from Doing What Works are based on What Works Clearinghouse reviews and evidence standards.
Produced in collaboration with WVIZ/PBS ideastream, the program originated from Playhouse Square in Cleveland and was broadcast live on the Ohio Channel. It is now archived online
Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Literacy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Stephanie Siddens, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Early Learning and School Readiness, Ohio Department of Education
Yu-Ling Yeh
Education Consultant, Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.
Eboni Howard, Ph.D.
Principal Early Childhood Specialist, American Institutes for Research  

Event Materials
Developing Early Literacy Skills Program

Additional Resources
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) produces reports showing evidence of effectiveness in education research. Search for WWC publications using the keywords "early childhood."
View the IES Practice Guide Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade.