2018 WSLC – Dual Language Learners Institute

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February 13-14, 2018

During this two-day institute, 12 unique learning sessions will be offered to attendees. Training sessions include:

 

Dual Language Learners Institute, February 13-14, 2018

Title: Implementing Curriculum with Fidelity

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Tempe Room

Description:

Have you ever wondered how early educators can implement a curriculum with fidelity while being culturally and linguistically responsive to children and families? In this session participants will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to implement curriculum with fidelity while supporting full and effective participation of children who are dual language learners.  We will explore the answers to common questions about fidelity and examine how a system of training and professional development can support the implementation of curriculum with fidelity while being responsive to the needs of the dual language learners we serve.

Presenter: Faith Polk

Co-Presenter(s): Doug Clements/Crystal Day-Hess

 

Title: Coaching Strategies to support teachers of Dual Language Learners

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Coronado Room

Description:

Learn strategies to help teachers improve teacher-child interactions and instructional strategies so that dual language learners (DLLs) can thrive. This session will present an overview of effective strategies to use in settings with DLLs from birth till age 5.  We will also discuss how to implement effective group and one-on-one coaching sessions to support teachers as they implement evidence-based strategies.

Presenter: Erika Flores

 

Title: Creating a Responsive Learning Environment – Part A

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Location: Tempe Room

Description:

This module focuses on creating responsive learning environments for children birth-5.  Learning environments should reflect your curriculum as well as the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the children and families in your program.  Because all children learn best in the context of positive relationships, responsive teacher-child interactions are also a key part of a responsive and engaging learning environment.  Responsive learning environments build the physical environment, curriculum, and instructional decision-making around children’s knowledge, skills, and interests.  Join us to learn more about how to create responsive learning environments that are aligned to the ELOF, predictable, safe, individualized, and reflective of the children and families you serve.

Presenter(s): Doug Clements/Crystal Day-Hess

Co-Presenter: Faith Polk

 

Title: Defeating Adverse Language Acquisition Anxiety in Early Childhood Settings

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Location: Coronado Room

Description:

This workshop focuses on the most effective approaches to meet the needs of the Dual Language Learners and their Families in programs serving children birth to five years of age. In addition, this workshop addresses gaps related to policies and practices concerning Dual Language Learning in early childhood programs and at the State level.

In this workshop the facilitators will share stories from the field and suggest strategies that are rooted in research, brain development science, and based on their life lived experiences with Dual Language Learning to enrich the discussion.

Participation in this workshop will enable the attendees to nourish their awareness and highlight some important key points on Dual Language Learning at the early stages of life. This learning experience will help the participants apply strategies addressed in this workshop to their practice.

Presenter: Nuha Amireh

Co-Presenters: Maja Djokic, and Sherri Anthony

 

Title: Creating a Responsive Learning Environment – Part B

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Tempe Room

Description:

This module focuses on creating responsive learning environments for children birth-5.  Learning environments should reflect your curriculum as well as the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the children and families in your program.  Because all children learn best in the context of positive relationships, responsive teacher-child interactions are also a key part of a responsive and engaging learning environment.  Responsive learning environments build the physical environment, curriculum, and instructional decision-making around children’s knowledge, skills, and interests.  Join us to learn more about how to create responsive learning environments that are aligned to the ELOF, predictable, safe, individualized, and reflective of the children and families you serve.

Presenter(s): Dough Clements/Crystal Day-Hess

Co-Presenter: Faith Polk

 

Title: Making the Math and Second Language Acquisition Connection: Strategies for Integration

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Coronado Room

Description:

This session focuses on how teachers of young children can explicitly introduce key mathematical skills (e.g., counting, shape and spatial reasoning, measurement, patterning, and classification) while teaching concepts that promote and foster second language learning and acquisition.  Specifically, the presenter will discuss and review  the mathematical components and linkages associated with second language acquisition skills, which include listening comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, verbal expression, phonological awareness, book and print knowledge, letter identification, and knowledge of literary forms (e.g., narrative, fiction, and informational texts).

Presenter: Brian Mowry

 

Title: Examining Dual Language Learners from a Strength Based Approach, For Home Visitors and Family Child Care

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Location: Tempe Room

Description:

To build the capacity of staff that support dual language learners in the family childcare setting by providing an overview of recent and historical DLL research, introducing best practices and strategies, further, provide hands on opportunities for participants to experience DLL activities that are related to the Early Learning Outcomes Framework and hearing from the voices from the field on their success with working with DLL learners and their families at the family childcare settings.

Presenters: Laura Landis, Brenda Mann, Leo Lundholm, Ekna Zamora-Rehm, and Brenda Mercado

 

Dual Language Learners Institute

Title: Using Ongoing Assessment to Support Dual-Language Learners

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Location: Coronado Room

Description:

Cultural and linguistic responsiveness continues to be a key ingredient in Head Start’s effort to support preschool children from diverse communities. This session explores ways to use ongoing assessment to meaningfully engage dual-language learners and their families in the education process. Participants will learn strategies for effectively supporting language and literacy learning for dual-language learners, assessing children’s progress in their home languages, and including families’ contributions in the assessment process.

Presenter: Michelle Kuamoo

 

Title: Planned Language Approach: Why is Language So Important to Families

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Tempe Room

Description:

Culture and language go hand in hand to a child’s development and social well-being. As educators, advocates and directors, it is our job to ensure children are competent in their home language as well as English, while preparing them and their families for Kindergarten. We will look at the current research regarding the importance of language to later life learning and preserving family culture. We will discuss systems to aid programs and classrooms to meet the individual language needs of children and their families. We will look at the current research regarding the importance of language to later life learning and preserving family culture. Through hands-on activities participants will start to plan strategies for planning a language approach appropriate for your program and classroom.

Presenter: Marianne Kelley

 

Title: Utilizing Data Results from DLL Program Preparedness Checklist

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Coronado Room

Description:

Interactive exploration of DLL resources developed to target: considerate and respectful communication; multiple language and literacy rich environments; engaged family partnerships; teachers as language models that stimulate HOT interactions and expand conversations; and school readiness transitions for children and families supporting DLL development.

Presenter:  Judy G. Poggi, PDI Inc.

Co-presenters: Sally Huber-Eid, and Stefanie Goodman

 

Title: Teaching Dual Language Learners and Supporting Their Families

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Tempe Room

Description:

Children who are Dual Language Learners are learning both English and a home language. Their future academic and social success depends on the foundation they receive in the Head Start programs they attend. In this workshop participants explore two main ideas: 1) How to honor the home language and teach English in developmentally appropriate ways; and 2) How to support families in the educational journey of their children.
Administrators, classroom staff, and specialists can adapt the ideas for implementation based on their own professional role.

Presenter: Angele Sancho Passe

 

Title: Understanding How Dual Language Learners Learn

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Coronado Room

Description:

This course will discuss how Dual Language Learners learn, how dual language learning contributes to and enriches development, the unique characteristics of Dual Language Learners. In class exercises will help teachers understand code-switching, common myths about dual language learners, and DLLs’ language development within their socio-cultural context.

Presenter: Maria M. Marinakis, Ed M.

The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.


The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.

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