Join us for a webinar to discuss learning letters. As young children develop into readers, they need rich story experiences, the opportunity to play with language and to be taught the 26 letters of the alphabet. Learning letter sounds and shapes are important for both reading and writing, yet many children find it challenging. This webinar aims to help teachers understand essential information about teaching letters so all children master this fundamental skill.
Dr. Donita Shaw’s love for literacy began as a young reader and has grown to include supporting the literacy knowledge, beliefs and skills of aspiring and practicing teachers. With diverse teaching and tutoring experiences, she brings a developmental and balanced perspective to her college classroom. She is actively engaged in a variety of positions for Literacy Research Association, International Literacy Association and Oklahoma Literacy Association. Dr. Shaw’s scholarship focuses on three themes. First, she discovers teachers’ literacy beliefs solicited through metaphors; metaphors offer a means by which humans understand life experiences and acquire new knowledge. Second, she desires to conduct research that makes a meaningful impact on students’ literacy, so she engages in research with classroom teachers, employing interventions specifically in alphabetics and word study. Finally, Dr. Shaw’s passion for adult literacy began when she pursued her master’s degree in reading education and worked at the university reading clinic. She collaborates with adult literacy educators in a variety of settings, connecting both metaphorical and interventional research through a sociocognitive lens.