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Early Literacy Night

Parent Education: Practical Strategies to Support Continued Literacy Achievement and Growth

Date: June 3, 2024
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Benigna Auditorium, Historic Downtown Campus
Who: Parents and guardians with students in preschool-grade 2

During our Early Literacy Night, Dr. Vanderbeck, Assistant Director of the Historic Downtown Campus, and Mrs. Terry, Third Grade Teacher, will delve into the philosophy behind fostering early literacy skills as well as emphasizing the foundational importance of the parental role in supporting your child's journey to reading. Participants will explore the fundamentals of reading and the brain, understanding how phonological and phonemic awareness activities lay the groundwork for reading success. They will learn practical techniques to not only facilitate their child's letter sound mastery but also contribute to overall reading development. Additionally, they will grasp the significance of letter formation practice in strengthening handwriting fluency, thereby enhancing reading proficiency. The evening will underscore the essential role of practical and multisensory approaches demonstrating how such techniques not only improve letter recognition but also cultivate a deeper understanding of language, paving the way for lifelong literacy skills.

Meet the Presenters

Dr. Sara Vanderbeck
Assistant Director
Historic Downtown Campus
Dr. Sara Vanderbeck is an expert in literacy education, holding an M.Ed. in Special Education and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. With a background in teaching and instructional leadership, Sara specializes in academic recovery, formative and summative assessment, differentiation, and evidence-based writing strategies. Her passion for literacy and proven ability to support and motivate students make her an invaluable resource.
Mrs. Terry
Third Grade Teacher
Historic Downtown Campus
With an M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Teaching from Lehigh University, Megan Terry brings nearly 20 years of teaching experience in grades 1 through 3, specializing in structured literacy. Megan's classroom fosters encouragement and empathy, tailored to meet the diverse needs of every child through meticulously designed, multisensory instruction. With extensive LETRS training and a proven ability to elevate reading scores, Megan's journey is characterized by continuous growth and a steadfast belief in the potential of every child she guides.
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