Video Courses

Meaningful Conversations

IACET Accredited
0.20 CEUs 1.5 Training Hours

Make conversations with your children brain-builders! The TALK strategy gives you the power to engage children in meaningful conversations that prepare them for reading.

100% Free
Time to complete
1.5 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • Teachers who work with children in preschool and Pre-K
  • Families of children ages 3-5
  • People who want to learn best practices for building children’s language development
  • Childcare program and site directors
  • Nonprofit staff and Volunteers
By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • Apply complex vocabulary in conversations in a meaningful way.
  • Build connections with children and invite them into conversations.
  • Modify the TALK strategy to each child’s unique needs. 
Why It Matters
  • Children’s brains develop through the interactions they have with adults.
  • Oral language is the foundation for literacy and all learning.
  • You will contribute significantly to children’s success in school and life.

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    Introduction to TALK

     Duration 14  minutes
    In this lesson you will get a first glimpse at TALK, a strategy that will empower you to have meaningful conversations with children.
  2. Lesson 2

    A Closer Look at TALK: Tune In and Ask Questions

     Duration 20  minutes
    At the end of this lesson, you will be ready to connect with children and invite them into a conversation using the first two elements of TALK.
  3. Lesson 3

    A Closer Look at TALK: Lift Up Language and Keep It Going

     Duration 21  minutes
    In this lesson, you will dive deeper into the last two elements of TALK: modeling rich language and taking turns to keep the conversation going!
  4. Lesson 4

    Responsive Teaching and TALK

     Duration 25  minutes
    At the end of this lesson, you will be ready to tune in and respond to individual children, supporting each one in achieving expected language outcomes.
  5. Lesson 5

    MC Lesson 5: End of Course Assessment

     Duration 16  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take the end-of-course assessment. You must score 80% or higher to pass the assessment and receive your certificate of completion.

Your Facilitator

Katie Steenson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Rollins Center Content Developer
Katie is a member of the Rollins’ Content Development Team for Cox Campus online learning courses and provides online coaching on Cox Campus practices.

Success Stories

  • "I have experienced more meaningful conversations with my students and have seen them flourish in literacy due to the incorporation of strategies I’ve learned."
    Pre-K Teacher
  • "I enjoy learning new ways to interact with children and to help them become the best they can be and be able to succeed in life to the fullest."
  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.