Partnering to Improve Early Literacy Learning in SC


In 2016, the state of South Carolina adopted EDC's Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) Toolkit as a recommended tool for self-assessment. Nationwide, EDC provides trainings on how to use the ELLCO Pre-K and ELLCO K-3 Toolkits, and this week we are working with great groups in South Carolina. On July 18 to 21, Louisa Anastasopoulos (co-author of the ELLCO PreK) and Jessica Young (co-PI of our Games for Young Mathematicians project and ELLCO specialist) are leading trainings in Columbia and Florence, SC to prepare teachers and administrators to use the ELLCO Pre-K to enhance early literacy instruction and improve young children's outcomes. Anastasopoulous and Young are also certifying a group to train others in the use of the ELLCO Pre-K.

Throughout the U.S. and around the world, teachers and leaders use the ELLCO toolkits (both of which are published by Brookes Publishing Co.) to assess and improve literacy instruction, and researchers use the toolkits to study the efficacy of early literacy-related interventions. The National Research Council report Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How calls the ELLCO " of the few measures that provides detailed information on literacy instruction...” and UNICEF features the ELLCO on its website, as a tool to monitor early care and education teaching and learning processes.

Last updated: July 2016