Posted January 31, 2011 by WHSA in Archive

Parents, Books, and the Roots of Literacy Podcast from Early Ed Watch

In the new 20 minute “Parents, Books, and the Roots of Literacy” podcast from the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative Early Ed Watch, Gabrielle Miller, a former teacher and national expert on early literacy interventions, discusses research showing the importance of positive family involvement for a child’s later reading success.

Despite conventional wisdom that children learn to read in school, research increasingly shows that many of the skills that influence a child’s success in reading are established long before they arrive in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms.  Ms. Miller shares what this growing body of research means and its implications for schools and early childhood programs.  Miller is a former teacher who is now national executive director for Raising A Reader, a non-profit organization whose aim is to instill a love of reading among parents and children, especially those in poverty or who are otherwise disadvantaged.