Educators, Caregivers Invited to Free Youth Literacy Workshop on June 6

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AMES, Iowa – Literacy, the ability to read and write, is connected to so much of what we do, according to Malisa Rader, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist.
“The foundation of reading can help children do well in other subjects, and even outside of school” says Rader, who specializes in family life topics. “A strong background in reading not only helps children do well in school, but is also linked to long-term physical and mental health. It builds their confidence and supports them in becoming life-long learners.”
Faculty from Iowa State University’s School of Education will present two dynamic workshops on some of the latest research and practices in literacy. On June 6, the program will be at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic; on June 7 it will be at the Extension Office in Humboldt. Both sessions run from 9 AM to 3 PM, including complimentary coffee and lunch. There is no cost for participating in the one day workshop, but interested participants must register online at least one week prior to the event at  
The morning will consist of a welcome and brief overview of the topics. Participants will then engage with faculty in current themes in literacy. Next, attendees will select up to two topics for small group interactive study. A summary review and whole group interactive discussion will end the day.
“We hope to have a diverse audience at each workshop, including parents and guardians, early educators, school administrators, home visitors, librarians, volunteers who run after-school programs and anyone else interested in supporting literacy,” shares Rader. “We are excited to offer this opportunity for interested participants to hear about the latest trends and research from Iowa State faculty, as well as have conversations on practical applications to support Iowa children in this area.”
Continuing Education Credits Available
One continuing education unit is available for teacher license renewal with additional online participation and fee payment. Department of Human Services child care professional development training hours also are available.
Topics and Presenters

  • Denise Crawford is an associate professor and director of the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching at Iowa State University. She will present some of the latest innovative technology to support literacy learning.
  • Constance Beecher is an assistant professor in literacy and a state specialist in family life. She will discuss strategies for teachers, parents and communities to use to support children in developing language and learning skills to be ready for kindergarten.
  • Emily Hayden is an assistant professor in literacy in the School of Education. She will present how to work with reluctant readers and writers by using inquiry-based, interesting topics.
  • Soo Ahn is an assistant professor in special education in the School of Education. She will explain strategies and research on positive behavior supports for struggling readers and writers.
  • Sara Nelson is the state 4-H STEM lead for Iowa. She will discuss supporting early literacy through active learning in science, technology, engineering and math.

For more information, contact Connie Beecher at

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