Behavior Management, Engagement, and Emergent Literacy During Small-Group Instruction

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 5: Promoting Academic Success

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. explain how teacher behavior management skills may facilitate child behavioral engagement during a small-group literacy intervention.
  2. describe how behavioral components of a small-group learning environment may support emergent language and literacy development.
  3. advocate for academic and behavioral supports, which fit into a comprehensive role as outlined by the NASP Practice Model.


Teachers can closely monitor preschoolers’ academic and behavioral needs during small-group instruction. Utilizing strong behavior management strategies to support child engagement in small-groups may promote emergent language and literacy skills. This study examined the relation among behavior management, engagement, and preschoolers’ language and literacy skills in a small-group setting. Session attendees will learn how behavioral components of the learning environment may maximize child outcomes during small-group literacy instruction.



Kandia N. Lewis, Nemours Center for Health Delivery Innovation


Cynthia M. Zettler-Greeley, PhD, Jessica A. Logan, Shayne B. Piasta, Laura L. Bailet


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