Tag: dual language

New Framework for Early Multilingual Learners

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One-third of the nearly 23 million preschool-age children in the U.S. live with a parent who speaks a language other than English. Despite the size of this population and its distinct linguistic assets and learning support needs, nearly all states lack any standardized policies for systematically identifying these children. Yet doing so would provide the means for early childhood...

Rebuilding the Tripod That Truly Supports

Dual-language programs, especially two-way programs, have exploded in the world of language programming. The allure of dual language’s three pillars was enough for many districts to try to sign up for them almost overnight. For a short time, we even sat together as a dual-language community with our voices united for the three pillars*, “biliteracy/bilingualism, grade-level academic achievement in...

Early Learning Programs Stretched by Pandemic

Early Edge California and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) released their research brief, California’s Early Learning and Care Providers: Essential Workers Who Need Support, which shares results from seven focus groups* conducted with Early Learning providers across the state about their needs and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research shows that the crisis has taken a significant...

Reflections in the Water

Occasionally, I’ll wear a long red-and-black huipil that was made for me a few years ago while I was teaching in Mexico. Every time I put it on, its bold colors and unusual style attract attention and spark the curiosity of my students and colleagues. With every wear, I look forward to telling the stories behind my huipil and...

Online Courses Help Teachers Learn Strategies for Supporting DLLs

Sarah Jackson, in partnership with Early Edge California, explores California’s professional development for adults working with dual language learners (DLLs). Mattie Mendez, executive director for Community Action Partnership of Madera County, runs Head Start Centers for children from migrant families in Madera and Fresno counties. Almost all of the children who come to these Head Start centers are learning two...

Most Arizonans Support Dual-Language Education

A recent voter poll, commissioned by UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) and Helios Education Foundation, indicates that the majority of Arizonans support dual-language education for children, and nearly 60% of respondents approve of a measure that would allow undocumented students to receive in-state tuition rates. Education is the hot topic in Arizona, where voters have singled it out as the most important issue facing...

A Time for Reflection

Ingrid T. Colón argues that self-examination is critical for dual-language educators Historically, in the U.S., deficit perspectives about linguistically diverse students have dominated the conversation. Fortunately, the rise of dual-language (DL) programs is helping to reframe the dominant narrative. These programs center on helping students become bilingual, biliterate, and culturally competent. Because of these goals, DL teachers must not only know...

AB-2514 Dual Language Programs Grant Program Passes in California

AB 2514 Pupil Instruction: Dual Language Grant Program was moved to passed in the state Assembly. The bill has officially been moved to ‘enrolling’ status, meaning that it has passed and been signed by legislature, and only waits to be signed by the President. The grant program, called the Pathways to Success Grant Program, comes at the tail of...

Improving Learner Outcomes

David Bong explains the what, why, and how of measuring world language skills The world of language assessment is endlessly fascinating. What, why, and how we measure language skills are constantly evolving to incorporate new strategies and technologies as the field becomes increasingly aware of how language testing can improve learner outcomes. What There are three fundamental types of language tests: Achievement...

Help Establish National Dual Language Education Teacher Preparation Standards

Dual Language Education of New Mexico (DLeNM) is seeking public comment on the initial draft of the National Dual Language Education Teacher Preparation Standards. Please click the link below to provide feedback on the document. CLICK HERE to download the NDLETS DRAFT. Submit comments to:  https://dlenm.formstack.com/forms/public_vetting. The goal of this process is to get a general sense of the value of the proposed Standards...
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