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As we have added new members to the CLEL Steering Committee, certain committee responsibilities are being adjusted to accommodate the change in personnel. Melissa Depper has agreed to chair the Advocacy Committee in 2012, freeing Nancy Maday to become the Steering Committee Chair. In order to make time for her new duties, Melissa will no longer be able to take sole responsibility for the CLEL Twitter account. As a result, the Communications Committee is looking for several CLEL members to volunteer to help maintain our Twitter presence!

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CLEL 12 December Update

Welcome to December!

Here’s our monthly update on our new CLEL 12 project, a set of early-literacy related activities you are invited to complete over the next twelve months. The actions were developed as basic building blocks, to help you strengthen your role as an early-literacy advocate, increase your participation in the early literacy community, further your own professional development and education, and expand your knowledge of the CLEL organization.

Windsor Library Hosts "Learn Spanish Through Storytime" Program

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What We're Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving to CLEL Members and blog readers!  This year, and every year, we are thankful for librarians, educators, parents and friends who strive to help young children develop the skills they need to become readers. We're also thankful for the many wonderful authors and illustrators who make sharing books a daily delight!

THANK YOU!

Friday Funday! Kidlit Book Trailers

Boy, Dianne de las Casas has been busy lately! First, she creates Picture Book Month, that we are currently celebrating (remember last week's Friday Funday?). Now, she's created a website where we can watch book trailers for kids' books. Become a member, and you can upload videos too, or join groups and discuss them!

U.S. Department of Education Announces New Office of Early Learning

Last week the U.S. Department of Education announced a proposal to create an Office of Early Learning. The Office would be headed by Jacqueline Jones, Senior Advisor for Early Learning, and would be responsible, among other things, for the Race To The Top Early Learning Challenge.

Read the full press release here.

Welcome CLEL's New Steering Committee Members!

If you were able to attend last month's membership meeting, you'll remember meeting our 4 candidates for the steering committee. As we had 4 openings on the committee, a vote wasn't necessary to install them as our newest members! So we offer a BIG welcome to:

Lisa Cole - Denver Public Library

Lisa Chipouras - Douglas County Libraries

Laura Baldasarri-Hackstaff - Douglas County Libraries

Crystal Niedzwiadek - Aurora Public Library

Occupy The Classroom: The Case for Early Childhood Education

In light of the Occupy Wall Street movement that has taken over the country, many pundits are weighing in on how to solve the problem of economic inequality. In this Op-Ed piece from the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof makes a case for his solution: "...the single step that would do the most to reduce inequality has nothing to do with finance at all.

Marisco Institute for Early Learning and Literacy Presents: "Promoting Literacy from Birth to Five" with Dr. Nell Duke, Ph.D.

The Marisco Institute is again presenting a lecture of interest to anyone working with young children to develop early literacy skills. From their flyer:

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