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Interactive Storytelling and Emergent Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom:


REVIEW OF 2011-2012 PROGRAM SERVICES


Professional Development Workshops Fall 2011


From October to November 2011, 10 five-hour professional development workshops for 241 teachers were held at CAT’s Training Center in mid-town Manhattan. These early childhood educators represented 75 CBOs and public schools from all five boroughs of New York City.4


During these workshops, CAT facilitators guided the teachers through a step-by- step process that helped them build an experiential and intellectual understanding of the power of oral storytelling in developing children's literacy capacity as outlined in the Common Core Learning Standards. Upon completion, all participants received a CUNY-CAT Certificate of Completion for the 5 hour workshop (sample in Appendix).


CAT facilitators modeled three forms of oral storytelling for teachers to demonstrate the progression from written word to active engagement – reading a storybook, telling a story based on a book and storytelling that engages an audience both physically and verbally. CAT then mentored teachers as they developed, practiced and refined an interactive storytelling of their own.


4 Participating sites and workshop dates are included in the appendix. 2011-12 Final Report CAT - NYC DOE OECE – Interactive Storytelling Professional Development Page 7


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