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REL Northeast & Islands Event: Promoting Kindergarten Readiness for Dual Language Learners: Evidence-based Language Models and Transition Strategies
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January 30, 2019

Time: 3:00–4:30 pm Eastern

Location: Virtual

Description: This webinar will present research-based language models for dual language learners in pre-kindergarten (preK), with a particular focus on models that incorporate the use of home languages. The presenters will describe implementation of the models and will consider alignment challenges in the transition from preK to K–3 settings. Participants will learn strategies to consider when developing or refining language models for pre-K and aligning models between preK and K–3 settings.

Partnership or Research Alliance: Cross-REL English Learners Working Group

Audience: The primary audience for this webinar includes state and district education staff who are responsible for oversight of early childhood programs and of English learner students. Early childhood and K–3 educators are also encouraged to attend.

Speakers: Dr. Linda Espinosa, Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education, University of Missouri–Columbia, and former Co-Principal Investigator for the Center for Early Care and Education Research–Dual Language Learners (CECER-DLL) at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

Whitcomb Hayslip, Early Childhood Education Consultant and former Assistant Superintendent of Early Childhood Education at the Los Angeles Unified School District

Dr. Carrie Parker, Principal Research Scientist, REL Northeast and Islands

Elizabeth Burr, Senior Research Associate, REL West

Report Citation: Espinosa, Linda M. (2018). Encouraging the Development and Achievement of Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood. American Educator, 42 (3), 10-11, 39,

Espinosa, L. M. (2013b). Early Education for Dual Language Learners: Promoting School Readiness and Early School Success. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.

Oliva-Olson, C., Estrada, M., & Edyburn, K. L. (2017). Preparing California's early care and education workforce to teach young Dual Language Learners. Issues in Teacher Education, 26 (2), 87.

Park, M., O’Toole, A., & Katsiaficas, C. (2017). Dual Language Learners: A National Demographic and Policy Profile. Migration Policy Institute: Washington, DC.

Carrie Parker
(617) 969-7100
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