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Watch the Webinar: Best Practices for English Learners in PreK

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last week’s webinar, “Best Practices for English Learners in Prekindergarten” with experts Dr. Patricia Garcia-Arena, Principal Researcher, and Dr. Rebecca Bergey, Senior Researcher, at the Center for English Learners at the American Institutes for Research. You can access the webinar below, or here on Youtube.

The webinar showcases COLLTS, which stands for Cultivating Oral Language and Literacy Talents in Students. COLLTS is a research-based early childhood curriculum newly released from The Center for English Learners at the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

A major goal of the Center for English Learners at AIR is to create the highest quality PreK curriculum to meet the needs of Dual Language Learners and that all children can benefit from. The COLLTS program is distributed exclusively by Bebop Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books.

Purchase the COLLTS curriculum in:

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Where can I learn more about the research study behind the COLLTS curriculum?

In 2019, COLLTS was used in treatment classrooms to support Dual language learners’ (DLLs’) oral language development. The intervention consisted of teacher professional development; curricular materials that guided teachers in principles of effective instruction; interactive book reading, in which children are exposed to language in rich semantic contexts; and targeted skills instruction to build foundational literacy skills. Key findings of the research study include:

  • Children who participated in the intervention showed significantly larger gains than children in control classrooms in three domains of oral language. These domains have consistently been shown to be developmentally sensitive and positively related to the bilingual reading achievement of DLLs
  • The study demonstrates that an intervention can be easily integrated into preschool programming and result in significant improvements in children’s oral language, compared with children in control classrooms whose teachers did not receive COLLTS curriculum and training.

Read the Journal Article: Developing Oral Language in Young Dual Language Learners, Cultivating Oral Language and Literacy Talent in Students (COLLTS)

Learn more about the pilot and study findings here. And watch the webinar about Research findings here.

Can we see a sample of the PreK curriculum before we buy?

Yes! On our website, you can preview an English unit and a Spanish unit. Please contact COLLTS@leeandlow.com to see a full unit in English and full unit in Spanish.

Can we pilot before we buy for the whole school/district/library system?

Yes! Please contact COLLTS@leeandlow.com to order one kit and book bundle to pilot.

Can we get additional professional development for our preschool program?

Yes! Please contact Dr. Patricia Garcia-Arena at pgarcia-arena@air.org.

Where can I learn more?

Fill out our interest form and we’ll be in touch!

 

Diverse Texts Aren’t Just for Elementary School: Building Inclusive Curricula for Middle and High School

In this guest post, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo and Stephen Chiger, co-authors of Love and Literacy: A Practical Guide for Grades 5-12 to Finding the Magic in Literature, share different ways that high school educators can approach text selection and build inclusive curricula.

Here’s a thought experiment: Consider the two high school book lists below.  Which one would you prefer for a child you love?

All of the texts above are powerful, and all could make for fruitful study. But readers of this blog won’t likely need to be convinced of the advantages of list 2. A great curriculum makes space for more than one voice; it invites students to see themselves and each other through new eyes.

Why, then, do so many middle and high schools still look more like reading list 1?

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2021 Diverse Summer Reading Books for Grades 6-8

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Want to freshen up your Summer Reading list, but not sure where to begin? Kick off summer with our fun, colorful, and printable Diverse Summer Reading List that will get all kids engaged in reading! Our list includes both fiction and nonfiction, bilingual Spanish/English titles, and a diverse range of cultures—in other words, the right book for every reader!

In this blog post, we’ve rounded up books from our summer reading book list for grades 6-8. You can find more of our 2021 summer reading titles in our Diverse Summer Reading List and the corresponding book collection.

Keep reading for some of our favorite entertaining Lee & Low picks!

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Upcoming Webinar: Best Practices for English Learners in PreK

Join our upcoming webinar “Best Practices for English Learners in PreK” on Thursday, June 3rd at 3:00 PM ET.

In this conversation with two experts from the American Institutes of Research (AIR), we will explore best practices for English Learners in PreK as well as a preview of the new curriculum, COLLTS, from The Center for English Learners at AIR. Our expert panelists are Dr. Patricia García-Arena, Principal Researcher, and Rebecca Bergey, Senior Researcher.

Attendees will come away with ready-to-implement strategies for teaching our youngest students. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, professor of early childhood education, or parent, please join us for this incredibly timely and essential conversation!

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2021 Diverse Summer Reading Books for Grades 3-5

Diverse Summer Reading List graphic

Want to freshen up your Summer Reading list, but not sure where to begin? Kick off summer with our fun, colorful, and printable Diverse Summer Reading List that will get all kids engaged in reading! Our list includes both fiction and nonfiction, bilingual Spanish/English titles, and a diverse range of cultures—in other words, the right book for every reader!

In this blog post, we’ve rounded up books from our summer reading book list for grades 3-5. You can find more of our 2021 summer reading titles in our Diverse Summer Reading List and the corresponding book collection.

Keep reading for some of our favorite entertaining Lee & Low picks!

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Watch the Webinar: Teaching About Juneteenth with Children’s Books

We had a great virtual turnout for last week’s webinar, “Teaching About Juneteenth with Children’s Books” with Newbery and Caldecott Honor-winning author and poet Carole Boston Weatherford (Juneteenth Jamboree), alongside expert educators Dr. Amanda Vickery, Assistant Professor of Social Studies at University of North Texas, and Dawnavyn James, Missouri-based Early Childhood and Elementary Educator. If you missed it live (or just want to watch again), you can access the webinar below, or here on YouTube. Keep reading for links to resources and booklists shared during the webinar.

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2021 Diverse Summer Reading Books for Grades PreK-2

Diverse Summer Reading List graphic

Want to freshen up your Summer Reading list, but not sure where to begin? Kick off summer with our fun, colorful, and printable Diverse Summer Reading List that will get all kids engaged in reading! Our list includes both fiction and nonfiction, bilingual Spanish/English titles, and a diverse range of cultures—in other words, the right book for every reader!

In this blog post, we’ve rounded up books from our summer reading book list for grades PreK-2. You can find more of our 2021 summer reading titles in our Diverse Summer Reading List and the corresponding book collection.

Keep reading for some of our favorite entertaining Lee & Low picks!

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The Best Leveled Bookrooms A-Z

Lee & Low Books has titles at a full range of levels to support read alouds, guided reading, shared reading, intervention, and independent reading. And our newest  TK/PreK Bookroom is now available!

Lee & Low Bookrooms cover a wide range of concepts, themes, and interest areas that appeal to children and fit right into your literacy program. They are also diverseculturally responsive, and authentic, reflecting the many backgrounds, experiences, cultures, and identities represented by today’s students. Continue reading

Upcoming Webinar: Teaching About Juneteenth with Children’s Books

Juneteenth, a blending of the words June and nineteenth, is an annual celebration on June 19th commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is currently recognized by more than 47 states as a state holiday or observance, with propositions to make it a federal holiday. How can we acknowledge, celebrate, and teach about the significance of Juneteenth?

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Butterflies and Blades of Grass: Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth in Conversation

In this blog post, we’re highlighting author Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth‘s titles! The Sibert Award-winning team has collaborated on four Lee & Low titles including Butterfly for a King: Saving Hawai’i’s Kamehameha Butterflies, Prairie Dog Song, Parrots Over Puerto Rico, and The Mangrove TreeIn time for Earth Day and World Environment Day, authors Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth share their favorite moments and fascinating tidbits about each collaboration.

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