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Promote lifelong learning and inspire curiosity with HMH Early Learning. Attend an online webinar as our experts share their latest research and best practices to improve early learning development.

Fostering Social and Emotional Development

KERI TRAVIS | December 7th, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET

Research shows that it is essential for early childhood programs to attend to the whole child, as social-emotional development is significantly linked with cognitive and academic development. This webinar will teach strategies to provide all children with a foundation for social and emotional competence and confidence.  

About Keri Travis
With over 6 years in educational publishing and 9 years in public education, Keri Travis is currently a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Implementation Specialist, primarily focused on teacher training in the Early Learning space.

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The Opportunity Gap: Supporting English Language Learners With Learning Disabilities

DR. ANNE E. CUNNINGHAM | October 5th, 2017 at 4 PM ET

English Language Learners (ELLs) are non-native speakers of English, who typically speak a different home language and learn English in school. In this webinar, we will discuss key milestones of oral language development and emergent literacy in early learners, and the role of language differences versus language disabilities. Suggestions for effective practices to support ELL students with and without specific language disabilities will be provided.

About Dr. Anne Cunningham
As a leading researcher in child development and literacy, Professor Anne Cunningham is widely acclaimed for her work providing solid, research-based understanding of language and literacy learning coupled with a wealth of practical ideas and extensive resources. She is the award-winning author of Book Smart: How to Develop and Support a Successful Motivated Reader and HMH’s Big Day for PreK.

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Words to Grow On: A Big Vocabulary for Little Learners

FRANCIE ALEXANDER | October 26, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET

Early childhood is the peak time for vocabulary development. This webinar will focus on seven strategies for establishing an environment for learning thousands of words that will help children to do well in school, and beyond. Participants will develop a list of important words to know, and find out about books that make word work engaging and empowering.

About Francie Alexander
Francie Alexander is the Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for the Intervention Solutions Group at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). She manages the evidence-based portfolio of research projects, and is especially focused on translating research results into recommendations for product development. She provides thought leadership to the group on topics ranging from early learning to support for adolescent learners who struggle. Francie has a long legacy of service to education. Her work is grounded in the classroom, and she has taught students from kindergarten to college.


Development of Early Communication and Language Skills

DR. JULIE WASHINGTON | November 16th, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET

The goal of language is development of competent communication skills. Successful language use requires rule learning and frequent opportunity for practice. This webinar will focus on language and communication skills from 0 - 5 years of age. These early years provide the foundation for communication, language and academic growth throughout childhood. Linguistic milestones and the role of language in the development of social and communicative competence will be discussed.

About Dr. Julie Washington
Dr. Julie Washington, is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. Currently, Dr. Washington’s research is focused on understanding the role of cultural dialect in the identification of Learning Disabilities in school aged African American children and on disentangling the relationship between language production and comprehension on development of reading skills for children growing up in poverty.



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