Behavior Management, Engagement, and Emergent Literacy During Small-Group Instruction (PO358)

  • PMD: 3
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 5: Promoting Academic Success
  • Live Chat:
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021
    12:45 PM–1:30 PM
    (Posters available on demand at any time during the convention week and for sixty days thereafter.)

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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