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About HeadsUp! Reading in Nebraska

HeadsUp! Reading is based on research from the National Research Council about how young children learn to read and write.

Reading is the fundamental building block for learning throughout life. Nebraska's Early Learning Guidelines emphasize the importance of reading as the key to early school success. 

In Nebraska, HeadsUp! Reading is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska Head Start-State Collaboration Office, and the Early Childhood Training Center with the support of the Nebraska Head Start Association and the colleges and universities offering credit.

HeadsUp! Reading is...

Comprehensive:  The course is delivered in a one semester (15 weeks), each consisting of seven 2 1/2 hour sessions, plus a 2 1/2 hour orientation.

Flexible:  Participants can become part of a learning group to view tapes within their own district or regional area. This course can be used for professional growth, CEU's , college credit, or to help meet Rule 11 requirements. For more information on becoming part of a learning group contact: Mary Beth Pistillo at 402-557-6893.

Access to the Experts:  National experts in early literacy are featured in each broadcast.

Current: HeadsUp! Reading teaches strategies based on research from the National Research Council.

HeadsUp! Reading teaches...

  • How to create early literacy experiences for young children throughout the day

  • What a teacher needs to understand about the continuum of reading and writing development from birth through age 5 and beyond

  • Specific ways to use five gateways to literacy:  playing, reading, talking, writing and learning the code (alphabet knowledge and phonemic awareness)

  • How to be intentional in setting both group and individualized goals for children's learning, and for monitoring progress

HeadsUp! Reading's high-tech, high-touch model of training...

  • Comes right into locations around Nebraska

  • Gives entire program staffs and parents the ability to participate together, discuss what they learn, and support each other in making program-wide changes

  • Enables thousands of people to learn from the same research-based course

  • Will help all early childhood professionals, including kindergarten teachers, to improve literacy outcomes for children

Credits for college and the CDA or to help meet requirements on Rule 11...

  1. Earn college credits (a local HeadsUp! Reading trained facilitator required to enable the offering of credit), or

  2. Include the course as part of initial Child Development Associate (CDA) training, or
    Use the credits or CEU's to renew a CDA Credential, or

  3. Use the clock hours to meet state child care licensing in-service requirements, or

  4. Help meet the 12 credit hours mandatory for Rule 11.

Sponsorship

In Nebraska, HeadsUp! Reading is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska Head Start State Collaboration Office, and the Early Childhood Training Center in cooperation with the Nebraska Head Start programs and the Nebraska Early Learning Connection.

HeadsUp! Reading is brought to you by the National Head Start Association in collaboration with RISE Learning Solutions and the Council for Professional Recognition.