Charles Temple of the Colleges' Education Department recently led a second workshop for teachers from Tbilisi, in the eastern European nation of Georgia.
They are taking the second step in the Emergent Literacy Project, in a workshop sponsored by the School, Family and Society Foundation, Jan. 10-14.
The Emergent Literacy Project offers teacher training and workshops to prepare writers of children's books. Temple's group, Critical Thinking International, Inc., which works to help teachers help children learn to read more successfully, has carried this project to Argentina, El Salvador, and the Central Europe nations of Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Moldova and Croatia, and now to Georgia. For details on its work, visit Critical Thinking.
The School, Family and Society Foundation is an offshoot of the Open Society Institute's program in Georgia and is funded by Georgian and European sources. For details on the Institute, visit Soros.
In June 2006, the children's book-writing campaign began when 20 titles were written and illustrated; those are now being produced by Georgian publishers.
In the most recent workshop, teachers learned how to use these new books to teach children to read, and how to promote understanding among the minority groups living in Georgia.