We’re Back! With an Early Literacy Summit Recap…

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After a hiatus for the holidays and preparing for our largest Early Literacy Summit yet, our blog is back up and running for 2016! We look forward to sharing new research, articles and programming with you this year.

To kick off our new year, we wanted to give you an in-depth look at our 18th annual Early Literacy Summit, formerly the January Mini-Conference. What was once a small, half-day conference has turned into a full-day summit for more than 400 early childhood teachers, leaders and community members!

The theme of this year’s summit was “Educating for the Future: Are We Getting It Right?” This particular topic is in the forefront of countless early educators’ minds as we try to find the balance between what schools and districts currently require of young learners and their teachers, what we know young children need to be successful in learning (play!), and what the future will require from its’ youngest citizens: the students in our early childhood classrooms.

We hosted over 400 participants at Rice University’s Anderson-Clarke Center. There were 56 presenters and a total of 38 sessions. Presentations ranged in topic from blocks to outdoor play to executive functioning and neuroscience. In sum, it was a wildly successful conference! Thank you to all of the SLC mentors, presenters and staff who made 2016’s Early Literacy Summit a day to remember for early childhood educators and advocates from all across Houston (and several participants from Austin and San Antonio!).

A special thanks also to our generous sponsors for this event.  To Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., The Hazel Creekmore Collection, and Rice University’s Center for Education: Your sponsorship of the Early Literacy Summit will impact teachers and students for years to come.  To Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and Shepherd School of Music, the Herman H. Fleishman Foundation, the Powell Foundation, and Phillips 66: Your support of SLC programming enables us to serve teachers and students across Houston and beyond and for that we sincerely thank you.

With the conclusion of this year’s Early Literacy Summit we are already beginning to plan for 2017. Interested in learning more about the Early Literacy Summit and other SLC programming?  Visit our website at: literacy.rice.edu

Authored by Jordan Khadam-Hir, Rice University School Literacy and Culture

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