The Rollins Center for Language & Literacy's professional development program gives educators the tools to change children's lives by improving vocabulary, language and comprehension. By learning to engage children in meaningful conversations, create effective interactive learning centers and develop new techniques to promote phonological awareness, teachers are positioned to truly transform children's futures -- in the classroom and beyond.
The Rollins Center is committed to providing our transformative training to teachers across the state, with a goal that by 2020 all teachers of children birth to 8 in Georgia will have the capacity so that all their students will be reading proficiently by third grade. To remove physical and financial barriers, the Rollins Center launched the Cox Campus portal at www.readrightfromthestart.org
to make our research-based training available to all teachers. Funded by a generous grant from the James M. Cox Foundation, the online campus is composed of coursework for teachers of children birth to 5 featuring video footage from real-world classrooms using strategies developed by the Rollins Center and is available at no charge. Coursework for kindergarten through third grade teachers is currently being developed and will also be available at no charge by next year.
Courses are divided into brief lessons, usually less than 15 minutes each, and are self-paced and easy to follow so educators can fit them into their busy schedules. Our easy-to-use interface guides teachers through a series of lessons with built-in activities and simple questions and answers. They can even pause at any point during a lesson and return later. Each lesson provides techniques teachers can apply in their classrooms the very next day to help children build crucial language and literacy skills.
Training through our online campus qualifies for Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning continuing education credits for Georgia preschool and Pre-K educators.
Teachers become part of a community of educators and can collaborate virtually with teachers across the state and country. They also have access to videos, lesson plans, book lists and activity center ideas they can watch and download to enhance their skills.