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Inspiring Lessons

What We Learned from the Community Partners for Early Literacy Project


This video won a 2013 Telly Award!

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About Inspiring Lessons

In 2008, Eastern's Center for Early Childhood Education began a three-year effort to improve the early literacy skills of over 500 preschool children in Windham, Connecticut under a U.S. Department of Education Early Reading First grant. Inspiring Lessons is a 30-minute video that shares some of the important lessons learned during the Community Partners for Early Literacy (CPEL) project. The video includes interviews with teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, literacy coaches, and faculty experts Dr. Maureen Ruby and Dr. Ann Anderberg about what works in supporting children's literacy development.

Credits for Inspiring Lessons

Producer/Director: Dr. Denise Matthews

Executive Producer: Julia DeLapp

Writers: Denise Matthews and Julia DeLapp

Production Coordinator: William Black

Narrator: Luz Ramos

Editor: Karl Gray

Videographers: Gregory Hartzell, Kerin Jaros-Dressler (Eastern student), Ken Measimer

Additional Footage: Sean Leser (Eastern student), Karl Gray, Denise Matthews

Finishing Editors: Ken Measimer, Sean Leser

Music Composition: Ross Page (Eastern student)

Animation: Nick Napoletano

DVD Cover Design: Leigh Balducci

Photography: Nick Lacy

CPEL Logo Design: Sofia Nicander (Eastern student), William Black

Translation: María-José Pastor, Jasmin Kurtz

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