LENA Grow is an innovative, research-based professional development program for Early Childhood Educators that measures interactive talk (specifically conversational turns between children and adults) throughout the day. The program couples "talk pedometer" technology and weekly coaching sessions to improve the quality and equity of language in the classroom.
Once a week, on LENA days, students wear little vests that are essentially talk pedometers and record the number of conversational turns during the day. From there, the data is uploaded onto a computer program that produces reports that include things like the average number of conversational turns per hour by class and individual child, the most interactive hours of the day, how many words adults are speaking and how many words children are speaking, and clear speech.
Then, Wild Plum's Infant/Toddler Curriculum Coordinator, schedules coaching sessions with the teachers where they analyze the data and set goals for the following week. These goals can be anything from increasing conversational turns during certain parts of the day, increasing conversational turns with certain children, or practicing a new skill learned during the weekly meetings.
We want to congratulate Ms. Alice and Ms. Victoria for being the first WPC classroom to complete the full 10 week LENA program.