2022-2023 | Early Literacy Strategies in Action: Oral Language (Cohort 13)

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Registration open through 1/6/2023 5:00 PM Mountain Time (US & Canada)

This professional learning meets on Saturday, January 14th, 2023 from 10:00-1:00.

Early Literacy Strategies in Action: Oral Language

This training will focus on oral language and vocabulary acquisition. Research on the powerful connection between literacy, language and learning will be discussed. The structural components and stages of oral language will be described. Strategies that facilitate oral language development in young children will be shared.


Denise Calcanis is and Early Childhood Instructional Coach with the CREC serving Lovington, Ruidoso, and Roswell teachers. Denise earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a minor in Reading. She also holds a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Reading and Literacy from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. She has 7 years experience as a Special Education teacher in both elementary and secondary school and 6 years of experience teaching in a NM PreK classroom. 


Emily Renfro (BFA, M. Ed)  is an Early Childhood Instructional Coach with the Central Regional Education Cooperative (CREC). She has been in Early Childhood Education for over twenty years, working as a teacher, trainer and coach, in public, private and charter schools. Additionally she has worked with adults in a variety of settings (Inquiry Science Education Consortium for the LANL Foundation, Fine Arts for the MN Bureau of Prisons). She currently supports 17 teachers in 9 districts across the North Central Mountains in New Mexico.

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