Dr. Sonia Cabell was a fabulous guest on Season 1 of #ReadingRoadTrip – we’re thrilled she will join us at #LitLearn2024 and present the opening keynote session!

Listen to Sonia’s episode from Reading Road Trip Podcast

Session: Strive-for-five conversations: Building language comprehension in young children

Classroom conversations are important for strengthening young children’s oral language development, which in turn leads to reading success. This session introduces the Strive-for-Five framework that can help early childhood teachers orchestrate conversations that are responsive to children and challenge their thinking. Focusing on the strands of Scarborough’s Rope, the session will provide illustrations of how teachers can have back-and-forth conversations to grow children’s language comprehension through building literacy knowledge, vocabulary, verbal reasoning, background knowledge, and language structures.

Sonia Cabell, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Reading Education in the School of Teacher Education and the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. Before receiving her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, she worked as a second grade teacher and literacy coach in Oklahoma and Virginia. Dr. Cabell’s research focuses on early language and literacy instruction, with a particular interest in preventing reading difficulties in young children. She has authored over 70 publications, including peer-reviewed articles, books, book chapters, and early childhood language and literacy curricula. She is the lead editor of the Handbook on the Science of Early Literacy from Guilford Press, and she co-authored Literacy Learning for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Key Practices for Educators from the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Strive-for-Five Conversations from Scholastic. Dr. Cabell has served as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on federally funded research projects totaling approximately $10 million dollars. She has been an advisor or consultant for a variety of national organizations and state departments of education. She can be followed on X (formerly Twitter) @soniacabell.