TALK

Together we Act, for Language is the Key

by Christine Wing | Apr 02, 2013
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Summary:

What would you do with one million dollars to make Saint Paul great?
We would implement the TALK project. (TALK stands for "Together we Act, for Language is the Key.") TALK would seek to ensure that every young child in Saint Paul has the oral communication skills that they will need to be prepared for kindergarten and do well in school. Research shows that the oral communication skills of young children are strong predictors of their school success, particularly their reading skills (i.e., Hart & Risley, 1995). Strong communication skills also predict the development of self-control and appropriate behavior (i.e., Carson, Mandell & Williams, 2004; Kaiser, Cai, & Hancock, 2002). TALK would utilize the knowledge and skills of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to facilitate the language development of Saint Paul children from birth to five. These professionals would help preschools and daycares to select or develop a curriculum rich in language development, provide classroom activities in preschools and daycares, train teachers and parents in ways to encourage language development, and provide home visits for families whose children are not enrolled in a program. They would also help promote bilingual language development and culturally diverse ways to work with parents and teachers to facilitate language development for the young English-language learning children in their care. TALK would promote the language development of all young children in Saint Paul, not just those with delays or disorders. It would work with and complement the efforts of a number of programs, including those involved in the Race to the Top initiative.

About You

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About You

First Name

Christine

Last Name

Wing

City

Golden Valley

County

Hennepin

Country

United States, MN

Website (if you have one)

Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Bita Payesh, Marilyn Fairchild, Ann Derr

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

My friend Ann Derr sent me the information because she shares with me the goal of helping young children. She is a speech-language pathologist with the Saint Paul school district.

About Your Organization (if applicable)

Organization Name (if applicable)

I've Got Two Wings

Organization Website

Organization Phone

612-790-0521

Organization Address

1816 Spring Valley Circle

City

Golden Valley

Organization Country

United States, MN

Your idea

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Title of your idea

TALK: Together we Act, for Language is the Key

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

What would you do with one million dollars to make Saint Paul great?
We would implement the TALK project. (TALK stands for "Together we Act, for Language is the Key.") TALK would seek to ensure that every young child in Saint Paul has the oral communication skills that they will need to be prepared for kindergarten and do well in school. Research shows that the oral communication skills of young children are strong predictors of their school success, particularly their reading skills (i.e., Hart & Risley, 1995). Strong communication skills also predict the development of self-control and appropriate behavior (i.e., Carson, Mandell & Williams, 2004; Kaiser, Cai, & Hancock, 2002). TALK would utilize the knowledge and skills of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to facilitate the language development of Saint Paul children from birth to five. These professionals would help preschools and daycares to select or develop a curriculum rich in language development, provide classroom activities in preschools and daycares, train teachers and parents in ways to encourage language development, and provide home visits for families whose children are not enrolled in a program. They would also help promote bilingual language development and culturally diverse ways to work with parents and teachers to facilitate language development for the young English-language learning children in their care. TALK would promote the language development of all young children in Saint Paul, not just those with delays or disorders. It would work with and complement the efforts of a number of programs, including those involved in the Race to the Top initiative.

Website address (if applicable)

Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Typically, SLPs work only with children who have been diagnosed with a language delay or disorder. TALK uses the expertise of SLPs to promote strong language development for all young children in Saint Paul. Parents and preschool/ daycare teachers may be told that language is important and that they should encourage its development. However, they may not always know the best ways to do that and/or have opportunities to practice effective strategies and make them habits. TALK would provide tried and true strategies to promote language development and opportunities to practice and habituate their use.

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The goal of TALK is to increase the language skills of all young children in Saint Paul. More children will enter kindergarten in the Saint Paul school system with the language skills that they need to be successful students/readers. This means that fewer school district dollars will need to be spent on remedial programs, and more children will go on to graduate from high school. It is more likely that they will be productive citizens and tax payers, as well as good parents.

Sustainability

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

TALK will provide a new and powerful way to increase the language skills of young children. Lessons learned from its use in Saint Paul can be used to implement and strengthen similar programs in any community. The involvement of retired SLPs (through the Minnesota Speech and Hearing Association and the American Speech and Hearing Association) who are willing to donate their time and talents may increase the financial feasibility of extending TALK to other communities.

hadiyah143 hadiyah143 said: It is also a good idea for us to learn some languages if we have enough time. - Review Solution about this Competition Entry. - 2604 days ago read more >

Christine Wing updated this Competition Entry. - 2855 days ago

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