Supercharged Storytimes Trainings with Amalia Butler -January 17-March 14, 2019
The NJ State Library is offering a free, online training for early literacy storytime practitioners. Whether you are new to storytimes or a seasoned provider, Supercharged Storytimes, an 8-week online course, has something for you to deepen and enhance your practice.

Storytime practitioners from New Jersey will collaborate in a dynamic online learning community to explore:
* Strategies for emphasizing six early literacy components (oral language, phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge)
* Ways to engage parents and caregivers in their children’s early literacy
* Approaches to storytime assessment
* Supercharging storytimes through an equity lens
* Growing intentionality and building peer community

As a participant, you will acquire knowledge and skills in the regularly scheduled live sessions. In between live sessions, you’ll have time to put your learning into practice by using tools and resources introduced in each session, to plan your storytimes, deliver the storytime with intentionality, and then reflect with each other and use what you’ve learned to keep improving over time. The powerful peer community that develops through sharing and discussing in the online learning community helps sustain the cycle of planning, delivery, and assessment over time.

The Supercharged Storytimes training is built around an online learning community, which is the central location for course schedules and logistics, resources for learning, live online sessions and peer discussion forums. The online classroom saves you travel time and expense and allows you flexibility to fit the training into your schedule.

We estimate that coursework will be an average of 3 hours/week to attend live online sessions and apply the learning in between. It is important to obtain supervisor support to assure you have sufficient time to devote to this course. The outcome of a more impactful library storytime is an asset to the whole library or library system in advocating for the value of libraries in early childhood development.

If you have any questions, please contact Amalia Butler, amalia.butler@maplewood.bccls.org or Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist, NJ State Library, srawlins@njstatelib.org, 609-278-2640 ext. 116.

The session covers 6 Modules in the multiple week schedule. By registering, you are committing to attending and completing the entire program.

Thank you!
Amalia and Sharon

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