FirstSchool Online Course
Learn%20flier.pdf This fall, pre-K through third grade educators from across Minnesota will have the opportunity to join together to learn about and practice ways of increasing and honoring student communication. Research tells us that oral language development is one of the most potent yet underutilized instructional strategies for ensuring children’s success, especially for children from low income communities. Therefore, we developed this free course to support teachers in their efforts to help children find, develop, and use their voices. The course includes 18 online modules and two face-to-face meetings. Each module will allow the participants to practice what they have learned and share their ideas and experiences with the entire learning community. The first four modules will help participants consider practices that support student communication. The modules that will be presented during the fall semester will help participants build their knowledge and practice strategies that promote children’s ability to express themselves.

Building Rigorous and Robust P3 Learning Environments: The Art of Communication in Classrooms for Young Children


The FirstSchool Online Modules were developed by faculty from the FirstSchool program at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. The course offers us the opportunity for deeper learning and pedagogical precision.
The course, entitled The Art of Communication in Classrooms for Young Children, was developed with support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The course is focused on oral language opportunities in PreK through third grade. The modules are designed to improve student learning, classroom community, and the culture of collaborative inquiry in schools.

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PreK-3 Educators in Minnesota Take FirstSchool Online Course
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