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(This session will fulfill the requirements for Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Rule 11.)


KATHLEEN C. GALLAGHER
Planting Seeds and Nurturing Whole Child Literacy
Pulled by forces of policy and funding and trends, educators are often tempted to emphasize one aspect of children’s development and learning over others. We emphasize literacy or mathematics learning, social development or language. But children do not grow in separate domains. Time and again, research and education and experience teach us that teaching the healthy, educated child means nurturing the growth of the whole child: physical, cognitive, communicative, social and emotional. It means understanding children as individuals, and in relationships in families, programs, schools and neighborhoods. It means working together across disciplines – health and school, childcare, after-school and early intervention. We will consider why supporting literacy development means nurturing the whole child, how we can support children’s development in our interactions, and children’s literature and literacy processes that can support us in our work.

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