Culturally Responsive Early Literacy Instruction (CRELI): American Indian/Alaska Native is a 5-year personnel preparation grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs. CRELI addresses the personnel needs for speech-language pathologists with knowledge and experiences in early literacy instruction as well as cultural competent services for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people. Dr. Matt Gillispie oversees the CRELI program.
Join CRELI on Saturday, April 11 at the KU Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival. Members of CRELI will be stationed in the tipi on the front lawn of the Lied Center promoting language and literacy with young children using books and a related activity.
Last year, CRELI's activities and literature focused on water. Members used books, activities, and beads to teach children about the stages of the water cycle.
About Dr. Matt Gillispie: Dr. Gillispie is a clinical associate professor and speech-language pathologist in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders and the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders. He is interested in preschool and school-age children with speech, language, and literacy disorders. He provides services and clinical education in the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, as well as local schools. Dr. Gillispie is also interested in culturally responsive services, especially to children and families from Native American communities. Dr. Gillispie is also an affiliate faculty member of KU's Indigenous Studies Program.