Danielle M. Thompson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an educational consultant, teacher of educators, a servant leader and, insatiably curious about all things that make people’s lives better. She is an agent of positive change working to help teachers and leaders re-think, unlearn, and up-level their knowledge. As a Speech Language Pathologist and teacher, she worked with PreK-12 grade students for over a decade in rural at-risk environments from Alaska to Mississippi in public schools, Head Starts, and private practice. Currently, she is the President and Founder of The Transformative Reading Teacher Group, President of The Reading League Montana, and the creator of The Big Sky Literacy Summit.
What Does it Really Take? Bringing Evidence Aligned Practices to PreK Environments
(Early Childhood, Birth – 4 years)
There is a general consensus that preschool adds value to children’s lives, especially high-quality preschools subscribing to these success secrets – start early (infancy to 3), support parents, foster rich interactions between children and between adults and children and, reach the most economically disadvantaged. In this talk, you’ll learn about two preschool programs serving the same community with dramatically different results. They not only validate how evidence aligned practices improve teacher practices and student outcomes but, they also suggest we have more work to do to shift the paradigms around preschool social emotional learning, language and literacy instruction.
Target Audience(s): Early Childhood (Birth – 4 years)
Education Track(s): New to the Science of Reading, Advanced Science of Reading, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership