Additional Teacher Training Opportunities

 BBTL offers additional teacher training opportunities for a variety of events: in-service days, conferences, guest lectures, additional staff training and staff retreats. Contact us to schedule a training or for more information.

Every Child Ready to Read

This workshop, developed by the American Library Association, teaches the five skills for reading readiness that teachers and parents can do every day.  We provide lots of ideas and book suggestions you can take home and begin immediately, and also present some of the current research on early literacy.  (1 – 2 hours)

 Read It Again

What do you want to hear most from your children, when you are reading out loud?  Read it again!  In this workshop, we will share techniques for reading out loud that will make your story times in your classroom lively and fun!   (From 1 – 3 hours)

Early Literacy and Story Times

Are you using predictable books?  Wordless books?  Do you want to hear about exciting new books that teach Letters and Phonemic Awareness?  You can find all these great books and more at your local library to help you to teach early literacy skills.  Learn how to incorporate different types of books into your classroom storytimes.  (1 hour)

Rock N Rhyme Baby!

Explore fun ways to use nursery rhymes with your youngest children.  Let’s play with rhyming and rhythm, using percussion, scarves, music and movement to plant the seeds for literacy from the very beginning!  (1 hour)

Puppet Making for Teachers 

Puppets are a great tool to use with children providing visual, auditory and hands-on learning.   In this workshop, we will showcase many different kinds of puppets you can make to engage your students, and you will make a simple marionette that you can use in your classroom for story times and circle times. (2 Hours)

Friends with Feelings: Puppet-talking with Children

A puppet is a friend who can help a child identify, understand and verbalize their feelings.  When you combine a puppet friend with a book about feelings, you have a great conversation on your hands!  Discover how you can address social emotional learning and build language at the same time.  (1 hour)

Explore! Imagine! Create!  Using Play to Promote Language and Literacy

We believe that creativity goes hand-in-hand with literacy.  During creative play, children use more words, as well as more sophisticated words, than at any other time in the classroom.  It’s no wonder that playtime is a prime time for exploring words and meaning.  Find out how to use simple materials to create language rich playtime experiences for your children.   (1 – 2 hours)

Bringing Books to Life

Bringing Books to Life helps educators and parents find fun and innovative ways to inspire children to read.

Read about our Preschool Literacy Program

Elizabeth Atack, Program Coordinator


Megan Godbey, Adult Literacy Coordinator/GROW facilitator

Klem-Mari Cajigas, Bilingual GROW Project Facilitator
615.862.5800, ext. 73615