Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Supercharging Your Storytimes: Using Interactivity, Intentionality, and Community of Practice to Help Children Learn with Joy

Instructor: Saroj Ghoting

Dates: June 4th through 29th, 2018 (class full)

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

The IMLS-funded VIEWS2 study from the University of Washington showed that when storytime providers increased interactivity, intentionality, sharing early literacy tips with adults, and developing a community of practice, children’s early literacy behaviors in storytimes increase. Using the VIEWS2 Planning Tool (VPT), participants will become more intentional about connecting storytime books and activities to early literacy, become more comfortable sharing early literacy tips with adults, and learn to scaffold books and activities to different age levels, newborn to age five. Supercharged storytimes is the term used to indicate the incorporation of these elements into your storytime. Through readings, assignments, and forums, participants will learn ways to integrate the elements of a supercharged storytime through all aspects of storytime, planning, delivery and assessment. This training is most valuable for those who already have experience presenting storytimes.

Learning Objectives: Participants will

  • Learn about the VIEWS2 study and its impact on storytime practices
  • Learn the elements of a supercharged storytime and ways to integrate into their own storytimes
  • Become intentional in relating books and storytime activities to early literacy and later reading through the use of the VIEWS2 Planning Tool
  • Learn about and share ways to increase interactivity with children, as well as parents/caregivers
  • Become more comfortable sharing early literacy information with parents/caregivers
  • Become familiar with assessment tools for self-reflection, and outcomes-based evaluation of storytimes
  • Connect the VPT to other early literacy structures such as your state’s early learning guidelines, Every Child Ready to Read® and Head Start Child Outcomes

Required Text: Supercharged Storytimes. You may purchase a personal copy or use a copy your library owns as long as you have access to it for the full four week class.

Expectations: This class is four weeks of content. There WILL be homework during the fourth week which will be due by the end of the fifth week. Although there are individual differences, you may expect each week to take 3 - 4 hours of work which includes the readings, watching the presentations and homework assignments.

This course is part of our Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

If you have taken Early Literacy Enhanced Storytimes, do not also take Supercharging Your Storytimes. The content overlaps.

What’s the difference between Early Literacy-Enhanced Storytimes and Supercharging Your Storytimes?

  • Both courses look at supporting early literacy skills using the five practices noted in Every Child Ready to Read® (talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing), how to boost interactivity, how to intentionally incorporate early literacy in your storytimes, and how to share this information with parents/caregivers through the use of early literacy tips.
  • Early Literacy-Enhanced Storytimes: best for storytime providers who want support in applying research-based early literacy practices and skills to their storytime planning and delivery. Uses early literacy skills from Every Child Ready to Read®.
  • Supercharging Your Storytimes: best for storytime providers, youth services managers, and administrators who want to understand how to use research-tested tools to incorporate early literacy practices and skills into storytimes. In addition, the course explores assessment at the storytime level through self-assessment and mentoring, and at the “big picture” level. Uses early literacy domains in the VIEWS2 Planning Tool, based on Washington State Benchmarks.
Saroj Ghoting

Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She presents early literacy workshops at conferences and library systems for staff and their partners. She has been a consultant for the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association on the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® early literacy initiative. She is the co-author of six books, the most recent being Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide, co-authored with the researchers from the VIEWS2 project at the University of Washington. Saroj has been a children’s librarian for over 40 years and a consultant since 2003. She received her MLS from Catholic University in Washington, DC. She enjoys learning new ideas while presenting trainings on early literacy.

Course Structure

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.