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From Rogersville to Memphis: The Journey of the TN SIG Preschool Literacy Training Project. Alissa Ongie, M.Ed. TN SIG Pre-K Project Coordinator East Tennessee State University. What Is the PLTP?.

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from rogersville to memphis the journey of the tn sig preschool literacy training project

From Rogersville to Memphis: The Journey of the TN SIG Preschool Literacy Training Project

Alissa Ongie, M.Ed.

TN SIG Pre-K Project Coordinator

East Tennessee State University

what is the pltp
What Is the PLTP?
  • Part of the Tennessee State Improvement Grant – a federal grant through OSEP that wraps around Reading First services
  • The PLTP has worked with preschools across Tennessee
  • The PLTP has provided professional development to preschool teachers, parent workshops for families, and products available for free on the TN SIG website:
  • The TN SIG is currently in a no-cost extension period with limited funding, and will end on 6/30/2010
professional development
Professional Development
  • Training opportunities have been provided to TN SIG participating preschools in Rogersville, Knoxville, Claiborne County, Woodbury, Nashville/Davidson County, Somerville, Wayne County, and Memphis
  • Topics covered in professional development include preschool literacy in the classroom and at home, infant/toddler literacy, and working with children with Autism
how was pd delivered
How Was PD Delivered?
  • Workshops held at TN SIG preschools on topics requested by individual preschools
  • ETSU Early Childhood Summer Conference – when funding was available, TN SIG preschool staff were invited to attend 3 days of conference activities with registration and all travel costs paid for by the PLTP
  • ELLCO Quasi-experimental Design
ellco experiment
ELLCO Experiment
  • We chose 10 TN SIG preschools and 10 control preschools with similar qualities (same type of program, same geographical region, etc.)
  • We used the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) to do a pre- and post-assessment on intervention and control preschools
  • Intervention preschools received feedback on their ELLCO scores and PD in the areas in which they scored the lowest on the initial ELLCO
  • Control preschools received no feedback or PD
ellco experiment continued
ELLCO Experiment continued
  • ELLCO PD Trainings covered the following areas:
    • Organization of the Classroom
    • Contents of the Classroom
    • Presence and Use of Technology
    • Opportunities for Child Choice and Initiative
    • Classroom Management Strategies
    • Classroom Climate
    • Oral Language Facilitation
    • Presence of Books
    • Approaches to Book Reading
    • Approaches to Children’s Writing
    • Approaches to Curriculum Integration
    • Recognizing Diversity in the Classroom
    • Facilitating Home Support for Literacy
    • Approaches to Assessment
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ELLCO Experiment Continued
  • After a year of ELLCO-related PD, the post-assessment was completed
  • Overall, intervention preschools improved their scores on ELLCO items more than control preschools
  • The average post-score on the classroom observation portion of the ELLCO for intervention preschools was 4.1 points (5-point scale) compared to 3 points for control preschools
  • The average increase on the literacy activities rating scale was .7 points (13 points max available) for intervention preschools compared to -1.9 for control preschools
how pd is impacting participants literacy instruction in the classroom
How PD Is Impacting Participants’ Literacy Instruction in the Classroom
  • “I used what she showed us and used that to take what I was doing in a different direction. Made it two-fold. For example, KWL and flip chart for reading and phonics.”
  • “Teaching them to spell their name, using letters in different ways such as the Frog Street Press using rhyme and song to get children interested in learning to read.”
  • “Like when they are playing with food and they'll show me a piece of food and I'll say ‘what kind of food is this? What letter does it start with?’”
how pd is affecting preschoolers learning
How PD Is Affecting Preschoolers’ Learning
  • “It has improved their knowledge on knowing their letters. Also it has helped teach parents the importance of reading to their children at home.”
  • “Children are more aware of the letters, recognition; a big portion of the children can print their names, recognize and print letters; when they are doing artwork they are more aware of what they are drawing - you can really see what they are drawing.”
  • “They are recognizing the alphabet more quickly, they want to listen more and are more focused. I have seen improvement in their learning.”
participants overall feelings about pd received through the tn sig pltp
Participants’ Overall Feelings about PD Received through theTN SIG PLTP
  • “I think this is wonderful and I don't think there is a comparison to anything I've seen in the other school systems in terms of the early child professional development.”
  • “It has a lot of components like special education that we did not have with previous PD.”
parent workshops
Parent Workshops
  • We worked with participating TN SIG Preschools to schedule family nights with a focus on literacy
  • These workshops were available to families within the community
  • Preschools chose one of two workshops:
    • Family Reading – provides tips for reading aloud with preschoolers
    • Early Writing Experiences – provides ideas to include writing activities in the home
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Parent Workshops continued
  • Preschool Literacy Toolkit:
    • At the parent workshops, each family received a toolkit with items to help them include literacy in the home
    • These toolkits are designed to follow developmentally appropriate pre-literacy guidelines
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Parent Workshops continued
  • Toolkit Contents:
    • Family Reading Parent Flyer
    • Early Writing Experiences Parent Flyer
    • Spiral Notebook
    • Construction Paper
    • Little Sketch Book
    • Alphabet Pasting Pieces – many fonts
    • Glue Stick
    • Quality Children’s Book
    • Magic Markers
    • Wikki Stix
    • Pencil Sharpener
    • #2 Pencils
    • Chubby Primary Pencils
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Parent Workshops continued
  • Parent workshops have been offered in Madison, Nashville, Woodbury, and system-wide in Wayne County (over 200 preschoolers at 3 pre-K programs)
  • In 2007 and 2008, a total of 692 Preschool Literacy Toolkits were provided to families, early childhood education students, and Head Start teachers
products available on tn sig website
Products Available on TN SIG Website
  • Materials used with preschool teachers and families are downloadable at no cost from the TN SIG website
  • under Preschool Products section
  • Parent brochures are also available in Spanish
success stories
Success Stories
  • At a TN SIG preschool in Memphis, a licensing evaluator told the director that she had never seen more organized literacy instruction and that she would be using this center as an example for others
  • At a TN SIG preschool in Jackson, the classroom that participated in the ELLCO Experiment later received a 6.09 out of 7 on the Tennessee Star Quality Assessment
  • At a TN SIG preschool in Wayne County, the day after a tornado caused significant damage to the area, most families still attended our parent workshops held at the three pre-K sites
contact information
Contact Information
  • If you have any questions about how to use the preschool products on our website, please contact me:

Alissa Ongie

Pre-K Project Coordinator

TN SIG Preschool Literacy Training Project

P.O. Box 70434

Johnson City, TN 37614