Educators Sponsor Llama Reading for Local Children

Jumpstart Lubbock helps elementary students experience 'Llama Llama Red Pajama' in a creative way.

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps children develop necessary language and literacy skills.

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps children develop necessary language and literacy skills.

Anyone who happened to wander by the courtyard at Texas Tech’s College of Education during the lunch hour Thursday likely saw a strange sight – a llama – or rather, two – accompanied by red pajamas and a patchwork blanket.

Texas Tech’s Jumpstart Lubbock and the College of Education sponsored a local Read for the Record on the day of the national event.

Sponsored by Jumpstart, Read for the Record is a one-day yearly event which pledges to read a chosen book to millions of children across America. This year’s book is “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney.

Three pre-K classrooms from Ramirez Elementary were treated to a picnic lunch and a reading of the book, with two live llamas on hand, provided by Sam Jackson from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Carole Janisch, co-primary investigator for Jumpstart and a member of the Language and Literacy faculty, supplied red pajamas and a blanket like the ones featured in the book.

In the rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama. Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn’t come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right.

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be successful in school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained nearly 25,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 100,000 preschool children nationwide.


College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.

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