[kids-lib] Resource: Language is the Key early literacy curriculum being used in Oregon

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Jan 20 14:10:07 PST 2015

Hi! I just learned about an effort to provide Washington Learning System's Language is the Key<http://www.walearning.com/products/language-is-the-key/> early literacy training statewide (read article below).

You may want to be familiar with Language is the Key to support early childhood professionals and the families they serve in your community, but it is very expensive so I wanted to let you know it is available in English<http://catalog.osl.state.or.us/search~S2?/Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D/Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D&SUBKEY=language+is+the+key/1%2C18%2C18%2CE/frameset&FF=Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D&1%2C1%2C> and Spanish<http://catalog.osl.state.or.us/search~S2?/Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D/Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D&SUBKEY=language+is+the+key/1%2C18%2C18%2CE/frameset&FF=Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D&2%2C2%2C> to check out from the State Library. Each item includes two DVDs, "Talking and Books" and "Talking and Play", and a resource guide. The Spanish version has the resource guide in English and DVDs in Spanish. This curriculum does not conflict with Every Child Ready to Read, it focus specifically and intensively on dialogic reading techniques while reading and playing with young children.

You may also want to be familiar with Washington Learning System's other free early literacy resources<http://www.walearning.com/resources/> all of which are in English and Spanish. "On-The-Go", which was used in Oregon's Reading for Healthy Families project, is also available in Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Burmese, and Mandarin.

If you would like to request Language is the Key or other materials from the Oregon State Library please use your library's established interlibrary loan process (e.g. OCLC or ALA request form).  Otherwise, send your full name, the name of your library, complete title information, shipping address, and a phone number to the document delivery department at library.request at state.or.us<mailto:library.request at state.or.us> or (fax) 503-588-7119. Items will be checked out to your library, not to you personally, for 4 weeks (print materials) or 2 weeks (videos). Materials will be delivered via mail or Orbis Cascade Alliance Courier, and you may return them the same way.


URLs to copy and paste if hyperlinks don't work:

*         Washington Learning System's Language is the Key: http://www.walearning.com/products/language-is-the-key/

*         Language is the Key English: http://catalog.osl.state.or.us/search~S2?/Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D/Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D&SUBKEY=language+is+the+key/1%2C18%2C18%2CE/frameset&FF=Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D&1%2C1%2C

*         Language is the Key Spanish: http://catalog.osl.state.or.us/search~S2?/Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D/Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D&SUBKEY=language+is+the+key/1%2C18%2C18%2CE/frameset&FF=Xlanguage+is+the+key&SORT=D&2%2C2%2C

*         Other early literacy resources: http://www.walearning.com/resources/

Katie Anderson, Library Support and Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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Language is the Key in Oregon: Promoting Intentional Adult-Child Interactions<http://www.walearning.com/articles/language-is-the-key-in-oregon-promoting-intentional-adult-child-interactions/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Early+Literacy+Newsletter+Jan+20+2015&utm_content=Early+Literacy+Newsletter+Jan+20+2015+CID_31865bed0bcc2188392d9>

Published on Monday, January 19, 2015

Washington Learning Systems Newsletter

Over 75 trainers from across the state are preparing colleagues, in their home communities, to deliver Language is the Key training to parents and teachers.

Oregon is reaching out to unserved and underserved young children and families. The goal is Kindergarten readiness and literacy. We recently had the opportunity to work with early childhood education and care trainers from across Oregon. They came together to take the first step toward using Language is the Key statewide.

Across the three trainings we conducted in Oregon, there was a very diverse audience representing every aspect of programs for young children and families. The list of agencies is broad and deep:

*         Early Learning HUB, Douglas ESD South-Central Oregon, Roseburg (Sponsor)

*         Oregon Department of Education, Early Learning Division (Sponsor)

*         Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education, Portland St. Univ. (Sponsor)

*         Head Start and Early Head Start

*         Recovery Nurseries

*         Family-home childcare programs

*         County and city Librarians

*         Americorps literacy volunteers

*         Cowcreek Band of the Umpqua Tribe

*         Early Childhood Special Education teachers from public schools

*         K and Pre-K teachers from public schools

*         Citizen volunteers

*         School Board

*         SMART, Douglas area (Start Making a Reader Today

*         Certified trainers for the Oregon Registry Trainer Program

Language is the Key is a good match for Oregon. First, LK meets the criteria for an evidence-based program and has been shown to be effective with a variety of socio-economic and ethnic groups. The program is available in many languages and can provide a vehicle for engaging parents who do not speak English.

Each trainee left with a set of Language is the Key DVDs in English and other languages as needed (e.g., Spanish, Tagalog, Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese). They will each return to their locales and train their colleagues, who will in turn train parents and volunteers in their communities.

The Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education (OCCD) is building on the initial training as they expand the program to additional communities. Their approach, Language is the Key: Promoting Intentional Adult-Child Interactions will include trainer scripts, additional slides to support trainers, and other materials tailored to Oregon's needs. They will be reproducing the Language is the Key videos in order to train more trainers. OCCD also plans to translate the CAR acronym into new languages to support Oregon's increasingly diverse families (e.g., Russian).

On one of our training trips we spent four days in Roseburg and Riddle in south-central Oregon. It's a place of enchanting natural beauty with proximity to mountain wilderness and the ocean. But like many rural areas there is long history of unemployment and poverty. We met some kind, compassionate, learned, and busy people who are committed to preparing children for success in Kindergarten and reading at third grade. It was an honor share in their work.

We are looking forward to visiting other states to conduct similar trainings in 2015.

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