Dismantling Alphabet Knowledge Misconceptions
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About the Event
Dismantling Alphabet Knowledge Misconceptions (Recorded Webinar)
Invited speaker: Lauren McKeever, MS, CF-SLP (She/Her), Chair: Megan Kirby, BCBA (UncomfortableX, LLC)
CEU: 1 General CE (with purchase of CEU ticket)
Price: $1 General Admission (any non-certified individual) or $10 for 1 General CE
Original recording date: 10 February 2021
Detailed Description: Researchers have found alphabet knowledge to be a significant component of early literacy and a key predictor for later literacy achievement. Many learning standards for preschool children include alphabet knowledge, but vary in their specificity of what this skill entails. Despite growing interest in letter-sound knowledge, inconsistent implementation and limited evidence for varying instructional approaches continue to limit guidance on which practices are effective. Often, individuals are provided with rationale as to why this skill is important, but there is a scarcity of information detailing ‘how’ this skill is taught and even less information supporting effective practices widely used. This presentation will equip individuals with explicit tools to identify and implement evidence based guidelines to ensure appropriate instructional practices are adopted into all early literacy learning environments teaching alphabet knowledge.
Learning Objectives: (1) Learners will define and describe the primary components of alphabet knowledge. (2) Learners will identify characteristics of effective Alphabet Knowledge Instruction. (3) Given a model (exemplar), Learners will sequence an activity to teach a component of alphabet knowledge; Demonstrate the ability to deliver multiple exemplar training. (4) Learners will differentiate between common practices and ideal guidelines used to teach alphabet knowledge.
About the Speaker, Lauren McKeever, MS, CF-SLP (She/Her): Lauren received her Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from Tennessee State University. She is a PhD student at the University of South Florida and a recipient of the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. Her research interest lies in early intervention, language development and literacy. She strives to bridge the gap between research and practice for effective instructional practices geared towards improving the development of early literacy in children.