To promote the opportunities for our youngest learners to interact with text, teachers need to be intentional about the environments they create. In this session, participants will create plans for providing a literacy-rich environment
that includes time for dramatic play and literacy-based centers appropriate for the Pre-K classroom. In addition,
participants will explore how combining learning and play supports early learners’ development.
• Create a classroom plan that builds a literacy-rich environment
• Plan opportunities for dramatic play that promote initiative, exploration, flexible thinking,
attentiveness, persistence, and social interactions
• Plan centers that support the independent use of early literacy skills in reading and writing
• Develop a plan to collect classroom data and to support teachers
About Our Speaker
Chris Newbill, Senior Literacy Consultant for R.E.A.D. Worldwide, LLC has several years of experience providing literacy support to schools in urban cities. She has been a primary literacy coach since 2005. Chris began her career with the Chicago Public School (‘CPS’) system, where she has served in both school and Area-based positions in traditionally underserved south side neighborhoods. In these roles, Chris has initiated and led efforts for building research-based and high quality literacy instruction within the schools she has worked with. Being adept at analyzing and synthesizing teaching practices, and providing professional development and coaching to raise the caliber of instruction in the schools she works in, Chris has worked tirelessly to empower teachers with the knowledge of theory and practice needed to increase reading achievement. Her commitment to urban education, professional development, and raising the standard for teaching and learning have led to her achievements as both a classroom teacher and literacy coach.