A well-designed preschool program can teach children the early language and literacy skills that pave the way for long-term academic success. In order to give children a strong start in understanding the relationships between letters and sounds, teachers should provide explicit instruction in phonological awareness and integrate opportunities for practice into daily activities. Additionally, teachers support oral language and vocabulary development by using interactive and dialogic reading practices to engage students in thinking and talking about stories.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the intervention reports on phonological awareness, phonological awareness with letter knowledge training,  shared book readinginteractive shared book reading, and dialogic reading.

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Observation Checklists: Monitoring Development

Observation checklists help Syracuse preschool teachers monitor children's progress in comprehension and oral language development. The comprehension skills reflect interactive strategies they use...

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06/06/2014
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Interactive Reading: A PEER Sequence Planner

Use the worksheets to prepare an interactive reading lesson. Use the types of questions and prompts that help children engage in discussion. Multiple examples illustrate how to apply the techniques...

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06/06/2014
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Required Storybook List

This list includes storybooks that lend themselves to interactive reading strategies. Tempe's principal investigator explains how to select books for interactive reading in Selecting Books for...

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06/06/2014
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Selecting Books for Interactive Reading

Selecting Books for Interactive Reading

Teachers need to know what to look for when selecting books for interactive reading. Hear an administrator describe how she trains teachers to make book selections. Review the program's Required...

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Learning Together About Teaching Phonological Awareness

Set up a staff development meeting or series of training sessions to review the “Learn What Works” resources for phonological awareness using these discussion questions. Related Media and...

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06/06/2014
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Phonological Awareness: Setting Goals and Planning Activities

Use this planner to work with teachers on setting goals and planning phonological awareness instruction. Staff can also customize this tool for planning weekly and daily lessons and...

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06/06/2014
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Creating Individual Professional Development Plans

Here is a worksheet for coaches that can help tailor professional development activities to the individual needs of your teachers. Assess teacher progress toward program goals and objectives to...

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Reflecting on Instructional Practice

This self-reflection tool guides teachers in identifying what they do that is consistent with recommended practices when teaching phonological awareness and where improvement is needed.

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06/06/2014
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Learning Together About Integrating Phonological Awareness

The activities in this tool can help you plan a team meeting to review the “See How It Works” resources for phonological awareness and show teachers how to create a planning chart for integrating...

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06/06/2014
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Using a Phonological Awareness Developmental Continuum

The Portales preschool program uses this framework to organize information about phonological awareness skills as explained by the program's principal investigator in Phonological Awareness: A...

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06/06/2014
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Using Evaluation Data to Improve Instruction

This PowerPoint presentation shows how administrators use evaluation data to identify needed changes and plan professional development. The approach is discussed in the Using Evaluation Data to...

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Using Evaluation Data to Improve Teaching

Using Evaluation Data to Improve Teaching

Listen to how a program director called on external evaluators to help staff interpret and use data to support children's learning. Follow along with Using Evaluation Data to Improve Instruction as...

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