Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca
Instructor: Katie Scherrer
Dates: May 4th through 31st, 2020
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
This 4-week, online course teaches participants how to present bilingual storytimes (English/Spanish) for various ages, regardless of their own language skills. Video demonstrations, articles, online resources and course discussions direct students as they learn how to successfully deliver the various elements of bilingual storytimes, either on their own or with a bilingual community partner. Participants will discover new books, rhymes, songs, plans and resources that they can immediately put to use in their bilingual storytime programs.
- Students will learn how to select and use the following components in bilingual storytime: books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and stories for telling aloud.
- Students will experiment with incorporating bilingual materials into their existing storytime programs.
- Students will select books and other materials they can use to increase inclusion of Latino culture and the Spanish language in their English storytime programs.
- Students will develop strategies for working with bilingual community partners to present and market bilingual storytime.
- Students will gain an increased understanding of the early literacy and school readiness needs of Latino children.
- Students will articulate how bilingual storytime supports the early literacy and school readiness needs of Latino children, and identify online resources for sharing early literacy and school readiness information with Spanish-speaking parents.
- Students will each develop two bilingual storytime plans.
NOTE: This course does not address outreach/marketing to Latinos and Spanish-speakers, and is best suited for libraries that are already successfully serving these communities. Libraries interested in learning how to establish or improve services to Latino and Spanish-speaking families are encouraged to take the course, “Building Relationships, Building Bridges: Library Outreach and Marketing to Latino and Spanish-Speaking Families.”
This course is part of our Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
Katie Scherrer is a consultant, writer, early childhood education trainer, librarian, yoga teacher, and the founder of Stories, Songs, and Stretches!, a startup devoted to enhancing early learning through embodied play. Katie began working in public libraries in 2005 and quickly discovered that her Spanish-language skills were in great demand. Completely unexpectedly, librarianship became her career and working with Latinx immigrant communities became her passion. At the same time, she discovered the practices of yoga and mindfulness, which slowly transformed her life into one of greater empowerment and less reactivity. Katie has been working as a consultant since 2012, helping libraries and educational organizations increase their inclusion of Latinx communities. She now travels across the country, sharing workshops on mindfulness, inclusion, yoga, and other related topics with librarians, educators, social workers, yoga teachers, and others who serve children and families. Her teaching style is encouraging and warm, while grounded in research and current best practices. Katie is an active member of ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) and a lifetime member of REFORMA (The National Organization to Promote Library and Information Sciences to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking). She was a member of the 2013 Pura Belpré book award committee, and has published two books with the American Library Association, Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish (coauthored with Jamie Campbell Naidoo) and Stories, Songs, and Stretches! Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement. Find more at www.connectedcommunitiesconsulting.com and www.storiessongsandstretches.com. Interview with Katie Scherrer
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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