ABC and Beyond™ Advanced Workshop for Speech-Language Pathologists and Early Childhood Education Consultants/Trainers
If you work in early childhood settings where emergent literacy is a central focus, The Hanen Centre's ABC and Beyond™ Advanced Workshop can provide you with a comprehensive and flexible approach to helping educators build the higher level literacy skills that prepare 3-5 year olds for success in school.
ABC and Beyond is an Advanced Hanen Workshop for SLPs and early childhood education consultants/trainers who have already been introduced to the Hanen approach in a previous Hanen workshop and who have current Hanen membership. Combining the principles of adult education with cutting-edge research in emergent literacy development, the ABC and Beyond workshop shows you the most effective ways to empower educators to promote the following six building blocks of emergent literacy during book reading and everyday conversations and activities:
- Oral language
- Story comprehension
- Language of learning
- Print knowledge
- Phonological awareness
The 2-day ABC and Beyond workshop includes:
- A discussion of the most current research on emergent literacy
- An overview of ABC and Beyond strategies
- Guidelines for supporting teachers’ implementation of these strategies within the ABC and Beyond Program’s group sessions and individual consultations using videotaping and feedback
- The opportunity to experience simulated program group sessions and video feedback sessions to see how to encourage educators to seamlessly build ABC and Beyond strategies into everyday interactions with children.
- A variety of flexible training models
- Ideas for using the ABC and Beyond approach outside of the group training program
Why Take the ABC and Beyond™ Advanced Workshop?
►Certification to teach an evidence-based program to early childhood educators
The ABC and Beyond Advanced Workshop certifies you to lead ABC and Beyond™ – The Hanen Program® for Building Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Settings. Bringing to life the most current research on the development of emergent literacy, the ABC and Beyond Program teaches early childhood educators practical strategies that can be easily integrated into daily, naturalistic interactions with preschoolers (aged 3-5 years) to promote the emergent literacy skills that are considered fundamental for learning to read and write successfully.
Pilot programs of ABC and Beyond have proven the effectiveness of the program strategies, showing that the more educators used abstract or decontextualized language, letter names and references to sounds in words, the more the children did the same. This demonstrates that changes in educators’ literacy practices impacts on children gaining the new and important literacy skills they’ll need to be prepared for success in school.
To view a detailed research summary of the ABC and Beyond Program, click here.
To learn more about how the ABC and Beyond Program helps educators, click here.
►Flexibility to offer the program in a variety of delivery models
Once trained in ABC and Beyond, you'll have the option of choosing from a number of delivery models to select the one that best meets the needs of your organization.
If delivering the full program isn't possible, you can provide a partial program of selected session topics. A partial program may also be appropriate if your potential participants have already had extensive training on some of the ABC and Beyond topics.
►Tools to enhance individual consultations with educators
The ABC and Beyond workshop provides you with concrete, easy-to-apply and easy-to-remember strategies, as well as valuable resources, for working one-on-one with educators to help them promote emergent literacy in the classroom.
For a list of resources received at the workshop, visit the ABC and Beyond Workshop FAQ.
►Improved collaboration with educators
Once early childhood educators complete the ABC and Beyond Program, you will likely find that your ongoing consultations with them about literacy become easier. You’ll have a shared understanding of the strategies and why they’re effective, and you’ll be talking about the children with the same “language”.
►The ability to effect lasting systemic change
The ABC and Beyond Program is based on the core principles of adult education, recognizing that adults learn best when they are actively engaged in their own learning through discussion, participation in hands-on activities and opportunities for self-reflection and personal goal setting.
These principles of adult education are reflected both in the design of the group sessions as well as in the individual videotaping and feedback sessions. The ABC and Beyond Program focuses on how to most effectively support participants to change how they promote emergent literacy in their classrooms and how to maintain these changes once the program is over.
►Earn professional development hours
This workshop is offered for 1.4 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level, Professional Area). Full attendance and participation during the two days is required. As a prerequisite, there is an Individual Learning Component to be completed before participation in the workshop. This workshop focuses specifically on the ABC and Beyond™ Program and accompanying resources and will include no or limited information on other similar or related products or services.
As a Hanen member certified in ABC and Beyond, you’ll receive frequent updates on further developments in the ABC and Beyond Program, as well as the latest news and research in emergent literacy development. The ABC and Beyond Program Director and the Hanen Team are also always happy to support you in any way we can.
Taking the ABC and Beyond™ Advanced Workshop
The ABC and Beyond workshop is open to speech-language pathologists and early childhood education consultants/trainers who:
To find an ABC and Beyond workshop near you, visit the Workshop Schedule at the link below:
Note: This workshop is registered for 1.4 ASHA CEUs. Full attendance and participation during the two days is required. As a prerequisite, there is also an Individual Learning Component to be completed before participation in the workshop. This course focuses specifically on ABC and Beyond™ Advanced Certification Workshop and accompanying resources and will include no or limited information on other similar or related products or services.