Northwest Wisconsin October 15-17, 2013
Growing Wisconsin Readers
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Youth and Special Services Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public In...
Welcome!
Early Childhood Advocates
 Educators
 Medical Professionals
 Non-Profit Agency Staff
 Social Services Staff
...
Agenda
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What Is Growing Wisconsin
Readers?
How Was Growing
Wisconsin Readers
Developed?
How Will Growing
Wiscon...
What Is Growing Wisconsin Readers?
Growing Wisconsin Readers Is:
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A three-year early literacy
initiative based in Wisconsin
public libraries
Coordina...
Growing Wisconsin Readers Is:




Primarily focused on providing
resources to caregivers about
how to read effectively w...
Growing Wisconsin Readers FAQ
Located on the
Growing
Wisconsin
Readers website
under
“Resources for
Librarians “
What Is Early Literacy?


Definitions
 Early

literacy
 Emergent literacy
 Family literacy
 Bedtime stories


Practi...
Why Is Early Literacy Important?
“Too many children are starting school
without the language, cognitive, social,
and emoti...
Why Is Early Literacy Important?
“Libraries and museums are trusted,
welcoming places.”
“The type of learning that occurs ...
Early Literacy
Research and Inspiration
Located on the
Growing
Wisconsin
Readers website
under
“Resources for
Librarians “
Audience and Users
Caregivers of children ages 0-6

Early literacy advocates
Parts & Pieces





Workshops
Mini-grants
Competitive grants
Symposium
Why Growing Wisconsin Readers?

Utilizing public library
resources

Universal recognition
Questions?
The Development of
Growing Wisconsin Readers
“But I Just Want My Box”




Context builds ownership
Individual ownership
Shared ownership
The Sprouting of an Idea
Early Literacy Survey




April 2013/April 2014
242 (40.5%) participants
7 questions
 Awareness
 Training
 Audience
...
Filling a Need


Flexible and customizable
 Complementing



Supportive
 Various



library and community efforts

le...
Mutual Interest
Caregivers
of Children
Ages 0-6
Early literacy
advocates
and
agencies

Public
Libraries

Early
Literacy
Levels of Support for Public Libraries
Additional
Incentives/Support

Professional
Development

Materials

Public
Library
Growth Chart

„ Website built
„ Mini-grants

Summer 2013

August 2013
„ Brochures &
Posters
Produced

„ Workshops
„ Distri...
Brochure & Poster Design












Visual appeal and connection
Lifestyles of caregivers
Print and online access...
Join us for:
Toddler Time
10:15am Tues & Wed
Chippewa Falls
Public Library
Website Design
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
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Easy URL
Mobile-friendly
Responsive design
Additional content
 Text
 Multimedia

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



English...
Other Features

Additional
Incentives/Support




Professional
Development




Materials

Public
Library

Workshops
S...
Workshops







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Organized by system youth
services liaisons
Sept.-Nov. 2013
GWR presentation plus
regional offerin...
Symposium

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

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

Friday, March 21, 2014
Stevens Point, WI
Free
State and nationally
recognized
presenters/trainers
C...
Webinar




Online later this fall
Handouts
Not a substitute for in-person
learning opportunities
Mini-grants










Streamlined application
process (Summer 2013)
Shelf-ready literacy projects
1-3 grants per lib...
Local Mini-grant Recipients
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Regina Arndt Altoona Public Library (IFLS)
Cassie Banaszak Au...
2014 LSTA Competitive Grants
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
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2014 LSTA grant cycle opened in June and closed in September
System and public ...
Other Incorporations


2013 WLA Preconference
 Play

and Read: Early Literacy in Libraries
 Tuesday, October 22, 2013 i...
Design Implications
Caregivers
of Children
Ages 0-6

Early literacy
advocates
and
agencies

Public
Libraries
•Stronger com...
Questions?
Implementing
Growing Wisconsin Readers
Assessing the Potential
What possibilities
does Growing
Wisconsin Readers
offer?

How does this
connect with what
I’m alre...
Growing Wisconsin Readers Goals




Primarily focused on providing
resources to caregivers about
how to read effectively...
Making It Work For You


Implementation for all
levels
 Novice
 Established
 Veteran



Develop ownership
Distribution and Quantities




System distribution on/after
regional workshop

Library quantity population
dependent
Materials Distributed

Minimum of 2
posters
“Now What?”


Who





What





Locales visited by caregivers of children ages 0-6

When




Asking for awarenes...
Examples of Locales
Childcare
Facilities

Areas with
high
frequency of
use; e.g.
grocery, park

Places of
worship or
congr...
Brochures to Locales

Sample scripts
available under
Resources for
Librarians
Posters to Locales
Customize
Visibility









Link/button on library website
QR code to share at program
Display of “Authors to Try”
Feature ...
More Brochures and Posters?




Limited quantity for now
Libraries can share/produce independently (files online)
Broch...
Recognition of Efforts
“Then What?”


Symposium
 Friday,



March 21, 2014 Stevens Point

System/State offerings
 Webinar
 Trainings




P...
Implementation Ideas

Your Idea Here
Questions?
Sustainability
Realities
What it isn’t






Not for all ages
Not packaged program like
Every Child Read to Read
Not time, staff, or m...
Open to Input




Please be in touch with
your thoughts and ideas
What works? What
doesn’t? Let me know.
Hopes and Expectations






Appreciation for the
initiative
Commitment to use the
materials
Springboard for additional...
Thank You!
Growing Wisconsin Readers
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Youth and Special Services Consultant
Public Library Development Team /...
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  1. 1. Northwest Wisconsin October 15-17, 2013
  2. 2. Growing Wisconsin Readers Tessa Michaelson Schmidt Youth and Special Services Consultant Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Tessa.Schmidt@dpi.wi.gov
  3. 3. Welcome! Early Childhood Advocates  Educators  Medical Professionals  Non-Profit Agency Staff  Social Services Staff  Librarians  Other?
  4. 4. Agenda     What Is Growing Wisconsin Readers? How Was Growing Wisconsin Readers Developed? How Will Growing Wisconsin Readers Be Implemented? How Will Growing Wisconsin Readers Be Sustained? Q&A after each section  Audience participation  Handouts 
  5. 5. What Is Growing Wisconsin Readers?
  6. 6. Growing Wisconsin Readers Is:    A three-year early literacy initiative based in Wisconsin public libraries Coordinated by the PLDT at DPI and supported by LSTA Promoted through an integrated brochure, poster, and mobile-friendly website produced in English, Spanish, and Hmong
  7. 7. Growing Wisconsin Readers Is:   Primarily focused on providing resources to caregivers about how to read effectively with babies, toddlers, and young children Secondarily focused on visibly showcasing ways in which public libraries support early literacy in communities throughout Wisconsin
  8. 8. Growing Wisconsin Readers FAQ Located on the Growing Wisconsin Readers website under “Resources for Librarians “
  9. 9. What Is Early Literacy?  Definitions  Early literacy  Emergent literacy  Family literacy  Bedtime stories  Practices  What does it mean in your world?
  10. 10. Why Is Early Literacy Important? “Too many children are starting school without the language, cognitive, social, and emotional tools needed to succeed.” “Children who start behind will stay behind and in many cases continue to lose ground.”
  11. 11. Why Is Early Literacy Important? “Libraries and museums are trusted, welcoming places.” “The type of learning that occurs in these institutions—self-directed, experiential, content-rich—promotes executive function skills that can shape a child’s success in school and life.”
  12. 12. Early Literacy Research and Inspiration Located on the Growing Wisconsin Readers website under “Resources for Librarians “
  13. 13. Audience and Users Caregivers of children ages 0-6 Early literacy advocates
  14. 14. Parts & Pieces     Workshops Mini-grants Competitive grants Symposium
  15. 15. Why Growing Wisconsin Readers? Utilizing public library resources Universal recognition
  16. 16. Questions?
  17. 17. The Development of Growing Wisconsin Readers
  18. 18. “But I Just Want My Box”    Context builds ownership Individual ownership Shared ownership
  19. 19. The Sprouting of an Idea
  20. 20. Early Literacy Survey    April 2013/April 2014 242 (40.5%) participants 7 questions  Awareness  Training  Audience  Programs  Spaces  Services  Resources
  21. 21. Filling a Need  Flexible and customizable  Complementing  Supportive  Various  library and community efforts levels and modes of training High-quality and sustainable  Usable on multiple levels and for an extended period of time
  22. 22. Mutual Interest Caregivers of Children Ages 0-6 Early literacy advocates and agencies Public Libraries Early Literacy
  23. 23. Levels of Support for Public Libraries Additional Incentives/Support Professional Development Materials Public Library
  24. 24. Growth Chart „ Website built „ Mini-grants Summer 2013 August 2013 „ Brochures & Posters Produced „ Workshops „ Distribution „ Implementation Sept.-Nov. 2013 2014 „ Competitive Grants „ Symposium „ More Materials
  25. 25. Brochure & Poster Design         Visual appeal and connection Lifestyles of caregivers Print and online access Integration with website Customizable Multiple languages (coming soon) Distribution to libraries via library systems Distribution by libraries to community locales
  26. 26. Join us for: Toddler Time 10:15am Tues & Wed Chippewa Falls Public Library
  27. 27. Website Design     Easy URL Mobile-friendly Responsive design Additional content  Text  Multimedia    English, Spanish, Hmong Resources for librarians Future possibilities
  28. 28. Other Features  Additional Incentives/Support   Professional Development   Materials Public Library Workshops Symposium Webinar Mini-grants Competitive grants
  29. 29. Workshops      Organized by system youth services liaisons Sept.-Nov. 2013 GWR presentation plus regional offerings Audience of librarians and early literacy advocates LSTA grant funding
  30. 30. Symposium      Friday, March 21, 2014 Stevens Point, WI Free State and nationally recognized presenters/trainers Content Dig deeper into early literacy concepts and issues  Six month review of Growing Wisconsin Readers initiative and implementation 
  31. 31. Webinar    Online later this fall Handouts Not a substitute for in-person learning opportunities
  32. 32. Mini-grants       Streamlined application process (Summer 2013) Shelf-ready literacy projects 1-3 grants per library system 40 x $250 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Early Literacy Activity Areas
  33. 33. Local Mini-grant Recipients                 Regina Arndt Altoona Public Library (IFLS) Cassie Banaszak Augusta Memorial Library (IFLS) Christine Byerly Frederic Public Library (IFLS) Arlene Mabie Hawkins Area Library (IFLS) Tiffany Meyer Dresser Public Library (IFLS) Cole Zrostlik St. Croix Falls Public Library (IFLS) Donna Knuckey Winter Public Library (NWLS) Teresa Schmidt Mercer Public Library (NWLS) Amy Stormberg Shell Lake Public Library (NWLS) Sally Sundeen Spooner Memorial Library (NWLS) Laurie Erickson Ontario Public Library (WRLS) Jody Hanneman Black River Falls Public Library (WRLS) Amanda Hegge Whitehall Public Library (WRLS) Julie Beloungy Thorp Public Library (WVLS) Kim Metzke Greenwood Public Library (WVLS) Annette Miller Tomahawk Public Library (WVLS)
  34. 34. 2014 LSTA Competitive Grants       2014 LSTA grant cycle opened in June and closed in September System and public libraries could apply Special “Early Literacy” category Local collaboration required component 13 applications received 2015 LSTA grant category?
  35. 35. Other Incorporations  2013 WLA Preconference  Play and Read: Early Literacy in Libraries  Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in Green Bay  $50 members/$75 non-members  2013 WAPL Session  Possible  2014 WAPL session Future possibilities  Other workshops and collaborations
  36. 36. Design Implications Caregivers of Children Ages 0-6 Early literacy advocates and agencies Public Libraries •Stronger community connections •Support on all levels— novice, established, veteran •Awareness and validation in and outside of the library setting •Stronger connections to public libraries •Public librarians seen as educators and advocates •Flexible and supportive learning opportunities Early Literacy •State and community-wide connections •Clear and accessible information •State and federal resources •Localized ownership
  37. 37. Questions?
  38. 38. Implementing Growing Wisconsin Readers
  39. 39. Assessing the Potential What possibilities does Growing Wisconsin Readers offer? How does this connect with what I’m already doing or what I might want to do? What connections or resources might I tap?
  40. 40. Growing Wisconsin Readers Goals   Primarily focused on providing resources to caregivers about how to read effectively with babies, toddlers, and young children Secondarily focused on visibly showcasing ways in which public libraries support early literacy in communities throughout Wisconsin
  41. 41. Making It Work For You  Implementation for all levels  Novice  Established  Veteran  Develop ownership
  42. 42. Distribution and Quantities   System distribution on/after regional workshop Library quantity population dependent
  43. 43. Materials Distributed Minimum of 2 posters
  44. 44. “Now What?”  Who    What    Locales visited by caregivers of children ages 0-6 When   Asking for awareness and display of materials Create visibility within library Where   Existing connections New connections Fall and Winter 2013 How    Letter of support Scripts System and member library support
  45. 45. Examples of Locales Childcare Facilities Areas with high frequency of use; e.g. grocery, park Places of worship or congregation Locales visited by caregivers of children ages 0-6 Preschools & Head Start Locations Community Centers
  46. 46. Brochures to Locales Sample scripts available under Resources for Librarians
  47. 47. Posters to Locales
  48. 48. Customize
  49. 49. Visibility        Link/button on library website QR code to share at program Display of “Authors to Try” Feature in library newsletter Link to share on Facebook Something to tweet about Other ideas?
  50. 50. More Brochures and Posters?    Limited quantity for now Libraries can share/produce independently (files online) Brochures available only through public libraries  Local  connection Spanish and Hmong materials order in late 2013  Watch  for message from System Youth Services Liaison Possibly more English materials depending on need
  51. 51. Recognition of Efforts
  52. 52. “Then What?”  Symposium  Friday,  March 21, 2014 Stevens Point System/State offerings  Webinar  Trainings   Possible 2015 LSTA grant opportunities Potential community-specific developments
  53. 53. Implementation Ideas Your Idea Here
  54. 54. Questions?
  55. 55. Sustainability
  56. 56. Realities What it isn’t    Not for all ages Not packaged program like Every Child Read to Read Not time, staff, or money What it is     Identifiable target audience Home base of 400+ Wisconsin public libraries Flexible and customizable Emphasis on collaboration
  57. 57. Open to Input   Please be in touch with your thoughts and ideas What works? What doesn’t? Let me know.
  58. 58. Hopes and Expectations    Appreciation for the initiative Commitment to use the materials Springboard for additional early literacy efforts
  59. 59. Thank You!
  60. 60. Growing Wisconsin Readers Tessa Michaelson Schmidt Youth and Special Services Consultant Public Library Development Team / Dept. Public Instruction Tessa.Schmidt@dpi.wi.gov

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