Teachers, Families and Speech-language Pathologists: Partners Supporting Young Children’s Language and Writing
Online Professional Learning Session – Presented Live on December 6, 2021 at 6:30pm (eastern time). This session will be recorded and available for repeat viewing until August 31, 2022.
Presented by: Shelley Stagg Peterson, Professor at OISE/University of Toronto and Janice Greenberg, The Hanen Centre.
In this session, a speech-language pathologist and a former elementary teacher who is now a professor researching young children’s language and literacy, draw on examples from collaborative action research with K-2 teachers and parents of young children in remote Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in northern Canada. Defining writing as symbolic communication using marks, drawings, letters and words, we show how teachers in early learning contexts and parents can create meaningful writing opportunities for young children. These contexts, often involving dramatic play, offer rich opportunities for adult-child conversations that support children’s language and literacy learning.
Shelley Stagg Peterson – A former rural Alberta elementary teacher, Shelley Stagg Peterson is now a professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the University of Toronto. Her current research, Northern Oral language and Writing through Play (NOW Play), involves collaborative action research with teachers, early childhood educators and family members in remote northern communities.
Janice Greenberg, B.Sc., D.S.P., is a speech-language pathologist and Director of Early Childhood Education Services at The Hanen Centre. A co-author of three guidebooks, Janice is an experienced leader of Hanen Programs and provides training to teachers and speech-language pathologists worldwide on how to effectively apply the Hanen approach to support the language, social and literacy development of preschool children. Janice has over 40 years of clinical experience working with pre-schoolers and their families and educators. She has also been actively involved in evaluating the impact of Hanen Programs and is the co-author of several research studies.