This session will review five developmental themes that promote oral language development in young learners. Together, participants will examine effective instruction that incorporates movement and experiential learning across the literary domains and makes programs meaningful and engaging to young children.
Ms. Barbara Blakley has extensive experience working with young children. Her expertise is in the field of preschool, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten program development. Ms. Blakley enjoys supporting teachers in their efforts to build high-quality programs for their students. She encourages teachers to examine "best practices" in planning and strategies that apply developmentally appropriate practice to address the needs of the whole child.
Ms. Blakley is a National Board Certified Teacher, has her M.A. in Early Childhood Education and has instructed Early Childhood classes for UCLA Extension, Loyola Marymount University and community colleges. She served as director of the Santa Monica Unified School District's child care
Ms. Blakley is currently working with the California State Department of Education to create a transitional kindergarten information handbook and is an early childhood consultant.
Mr. Hayslip has worked in the field of early childhood education for more than 40 years. He is currently serving as an independent consultant on various projects throughout California, including transitional kindergarten and birth to 3rd grade initiatives.
In 2010, Mr. Hayslip retired from his position as assistant superintendent for Los Angeles Unified School District, Early Childhood Education, where he was responsible for programs serving more than 35,000 children between birth and 8 years of age.
During his career, he has worked as district director of Early Childhood Special Education as well as a teacher of infants and toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten-age children. He has also participated in numerous local, state and federal advisory groups related to early childhood education.