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Korth, Byran B.; Sharp, Ann C.; Culatta, Barbara – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2010
This study investigated the influence of direct modeling of a supplemental classroom program on the early literacy beliefs and practices of Head Start teachers. Developed by speech language pathologists (SLPs), Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy Instruction (SEEL) was not undertaken with an explicit professional development goal. However, the…
Descriptors: Intervention, Interviews, Emergent Literacy, Professional Development
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Bingham, Gary E.; Hall-Kenyon, Kendra M.; Culatta, Barbara – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2010
This study examined the effect of explicit and engaging supplemental early literacy instruction on at-risk kindergarten children's literacy development. Sixty-three kindergarten-aged children who had been ranked in the lowest 20th percentile on basic literacy skills participated in this study (38 treatment). Results reveal that children who…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Emergent Literacy, Supplementary Education, Tutoring
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Culatta, Barbara; Hall, Kendra; Kovarsky, Dana; Theadore, Geraldine – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2007
In a federally funded early literacy project, various instructional activities were embedded into an array of classroom contexts to provide supplemental literacy instruction and to contrast children's engagement and participation in different contexts and participant structures. The study was conducted with English- and Spanish-speaking children…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Rhyme, Emergent Literacy, Classroom Environment
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Culatta, Barbara; Reese, Maren; Setzer, Lee Ann – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2006
This study determined the effectiveness of an early literacy program that embeds skills-based instruction into meaningful contexts, documented children's engagement in the instruction, and obtained insights into how language of origin (Spanish or English) influences performance in instruction in two languages. The program, Systematic and Engaging…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Language of Instruction, Word Recognition, Spanish Speaking
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Hall, Kendra M.; Markham, Janet C.; Culatta, Barbara – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2005
In the present study, the authors investigated the initial development of the Early Expository Comprehension Assessment (EECA) by examining its reliability. The EECA consists of a compare/contrast passage, manipulatives to represent the information in the paragraph, and three response tasks ("Retelling, Mapping, and Comparing"). The authors…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Computation, Preschool Children, Test Reliability
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Culatta, Barbara; Aslett, Richard; Fife, Megan; Setzer, Lee Ann – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2004
Part I of a three-part series, this article describes Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy Instruction (SEEL), a program designed to engage and motivate children as they learn early literacy skills. The project, implemented in Spanish as part of a dual language program, used a variety of interactive literacy activities and tailor-made texts to…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Literacy Education
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Culatta, Richard; Culatta, Barbara; Frost, Meghan; Buzzell, Krista – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2004
Custom-made digital media are rich, varied, and motivational early literacy materials. An important component of Project SEEL (Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy Instruction) was the use of tailormade digital books and activities in the reading curriculum. Project SEEL team members created computerized materials in Spanish to relate to…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Emergent Literacy, Reading Instruction
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Culatta, Barbara; Setzer, Lee Ann; Wilson, Candy; Aslett, Richard – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2004
This article presents preliminary outcome data collected as Project SEEL (Systematic and Engaging Early Literacy Instruction) was implemented in a dual-language kindergarten classroom. Information regarding the children's progress, participation in instructional activities, and performance on trained versus untrained targets was obtained, along…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Phonics, Emergent Literacy