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The Early Literacy Trifecta With Julie Washington


The Early Literacy Trifecta: Language, Print and Executive Function in African American Students

Dr. Julie Washington

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In this AIM Access to the Experts community webinar, Dr. Julie Washington discusses the many skills that must come together in early childhood to support development of strong early literacy skills. Oral language, print, and executive function will be discussed as they relate to African American children growing up in poverty; a population that often struggles with each skill separately. Success in the classroom and beyond can depend upon strengths, or weaknesses, in any one of these areas. This session discusses both research and practice related to the trifecta.

Dr. Julie Washington

Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Georgia State University

Julie A. Washington is a professor and the program director in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition, Washington is an affiliate faculty of the Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy initiative and the Urban Child Study Center at Georgia State. Her work focuses on understanding cultural dialect use in African American children with a specific emphasis on the impact of dialect on language assessment, literacy attainment and academic performance. Her work with preschoolers has focused on understanding and improving the emergent literacy skills necessary to support later reading proficiency in high-risk groups, with a special focus on the needs of children growing up in poverty in urban contexts. Currently, Washington is a principal investigator on the Georgia Language Disabilities Research Innovation Hub, funded by the National Institutes of Health – Eunice Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. This research hub is focused on improving early identification of reading disabilities in elementary school aged African American children, and includes a focus on children, their families, teachers and communities.