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Springfield College Education Professor Leads Literacy Workshop

SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE EDUCATION ASSISTANT PROFESSOR JENNIFER STRATTON traveled to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, to lead a two-day literacy development workshop focused on how to support early literacy development among young children. Stratton joined Louise Wilson

from the Medical knowledge Institute to present the members of the Clover Mama Afrika group with 40 Springfield College backpacks filled with books and other literacy items. The packs were made possible by donations from numerous individuals prior to the trip. Stratton was able to fill each Springfield College backpack with approximately 20 multicultural children’s books, sidewalk chalk, and magnet doodle boards. Upon her arrival in South Africa, she purchased additional multiple language books for the Clover Mamas. “The generosity and support from family,

friends, church, and others was overwhelming in a good way at times,” says Stratton. “I am amazed how many people

how to create meaningful moments of literacy each day through reading, writing, talking, and singing with children. The training also covered the stages of literacy development, how literacy moments impact brain develop- ment, and the role of reading and writing in literacy development. Stratton and Wilson led the

Jennifer Stratton

recognize the power of literacy, and the importance of sharing it with others, even if they live across the globe.” This special literacy project was created

by Stratton, who based the program on the idea of creating a culture of literacy around every child by engaging in intentional literacy moments each day. The training focused in this project shows caregivers

Clover Mamas through multiple literacy exercises to teach them techniques in literacy education. Clover Mama Afrika is a caretaker group based in South Africa that focuses on empowering community caregivers with viable skills that they, in turn, pass on to others in order to earn sustainable income

for their community. “At Springfield College, we stress that

great ideas are born here,” said Stratton. “I don’t think if I was teaching at any other campus, I would have been as inspired to promote change through the creation of an early literacy project for local and global communities.”1

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