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Dear Early Education and Care Partners:   (01/16/2014 - Update Conference Registration Link and Webinars Session Clarification)

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), in partnership with World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA), is sponsoring a series of statewide events and comprehensive training opportunities for Early Education and Care Partners who support young dual language learners (DLLs).

In MA, more than 1 in 4 children under age 6 live in households that speak a language other than English. In order to prepare children for school success, a focus on early learning for DLLs and meaningful engagement of their parents and communities is essential.

In November 2013, EEC adopted WIDA’s Early English Language Development Standards (E-ELD): Massachusetts Guidelines to Support DLLs, 2.5-5.5 years age. EEC is committed to ensuring that early education and care practitioners and administrators are provided with professional development opportunities to use the E-ELD Standards to:

  • help guide lesson planning to ensure that the different linguistic needs of dual language learners are being met through their program day;
  • support dual language learners to reach their next level of English Language Development ;
  • make programmatic decisions about class composition, staffing, curriculum, and assessment in programs that serve dual language learners; and
  • advance within the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

The E-ELD guidelines are aligned with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) English Language Development (WIDA-ELD) Standards for Kindergarten through Grade 12, adopted in June 2012, as part of the larger Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language (RETELL) Initiative. The E-ELD Standards corresponds to the State’s Early Learning Standards and the Head Start’s Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

To Register for EEC/WIDA Statewide Supporting Young Dual Language School Readiness events and professional development upcoming opportunities for educators, administrators, coordinators, trainers, and parents/caregivers, see the following events:

CONFERENCE -  February 27, 2014. (Please note that the registration for this event is now closed.)

Massachusetts EEC Partnership Conference: Supporting Young Dual Language Learners’ School Readiness and Beyond

Description: This is a free one-day event focusing on the importance of supporting, instructing and assessing DLLs and English Language Learners (ELLs) from Birth through Grade 12 to ensure school readiness and success. An overview of WIDA’s Early English Language Development Standards: Massachusetts Guidelines to support DLLs will be provided.

Logistics: Thursday, February 27, 2013 at Wheelock College, 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m. Eastern Time, lunch provided.

Audience: Early Education and Care partners from PreK-Public Schools, Coordinated Families and Communities Engagement (CFCE) Grantees, Head Start, Early Education Programs, Home Visiting, EPS Grantees, Readiness Centers, Institutes of Higher Education, State Partner Agencies, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&Rs) Agencies, Mental Health Grantees, advocacy groups, and others.

Registration: Conference registration is CLOSED as we have reached our maximum number of participants. 
The EEC and WIDA are considering scheduling a similar event in the future. Thank you. 

Note: A copy of the WIDA's Early English Language Development Standards: Massachusetts Guidelines to Support Dual Language Learners may be accessed at http://www.wida.us/DownloadDocs/standards/EarlyELD/WIDA_2013_EELD_Standards.pdf

WEBINAR SERIES (3 Statewide Webinars)

First Session- Language in Play: Introduction to the Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Standards

Description: This webinar will provide a more in-depth view of each component of the E-ELD Standards Framework. Each component will be reviewed and implications for use as well as implementation in various early education and care programs will be discussed.

Logistics: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern Time

Audience: Massachusetts Early Education and Care educators and providers and others interested in supporting DLLs.

Session Link: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=1304&password=M.2CE9A16CC2BB7622389F5737D25EBC

Note: WEBINARS Clarification- Participants will be able to open the link for the first webinar and test their equipment at the beginning of March, but will not see any content until the day of the webinar. The same will be true for the other webinar links. The link will not open until close to the actual webinar date. The links will not allow participants to get into the first webinar session until the beginning of March, this is why the system is asking for a password. Once the link opens it will not ask you for a password anymore.

 

Second Session-Understanding Language Growth:  The E-ELD Performance Definitions

Description: This webinar will provide a detailed examination of the Performance Definitions. Topics include: 1) Foundational concepts and research that guided development of the E-ELD Performance Definitions; 2) Similarities and differences with WIDA’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 English Language Development Standards Framework; and 3) Consideration for the use of the Performance Definitions in planning curriculum and monitoring growth of early English language development.

Logistics: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 3:00-4:00p.m. Eastern Time

Audience: Massachusetts Early Education and Care educators and providers and others interested in supporting DLLs

Session Link: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=1304&password=M.A239D0784D1DCDAE6D302EF9DBB49B

 

Third Session- Playing with Language: Understanding and Using the Model Performance Indicator (MPI) Strands 

Description: This webinar will build a deeper understanding of the MPI strands. Topics include: 1) the connection between the Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Standards: MA guidelines to support DLLs and the MPIs; 2) identifying element of a MPI Strands; 3) Using MPI Strands in everyday practice; and 4) Implications for Instruction and Assessment.

Logistics: Thursday, April 10 2014, 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. Central Time, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Audience: Massachusetts Early Education and Care educators and providers and others interested in supporting DLLs

Session Link: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=1304&password=M.A9F591EC26C86262BE819C1452AE75

 

Note update: EEC is currently in the process of scheduling additional webinars for a night time session and/or weekend for your convenience.  We will be posting an update scheduled for the upcoming additional webinars. In addition, the DLL series of webinar session will be recorder and posted in EEC so that you will be able to access them at any time.

 

REGIONAL TRAINER-of-TRAINERS WORKSHOPS (Spring/Summer 2014)

Description: Five regional trainer-of-trainer workshops will be offered to Massachusetts EEC partners. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the newly adopted Early English Language Development Standards: Massachusetts Guidelines to Support DLLs while further developing facilitation skills. Interested participants will need to complete an application in early spring.

More information will be sent at a later date.

PARENT/FAMILIES FOCUS GROUP (Spring/Summer 2014)

Description: Eight regional parent focus groups will be offered to groups of parents across Massachusetts. Parents will have an opportunity to learn about the newly adopted Early English Language Development Standards: Massachusetts Guidelines to Support DLLs. Parents will also learn about the importance of maintaining and developing home language and the role language plays in school readiness.

More information will be sent at a later date.

Note: the trainings and webinars will be conducted by WIDA in partnership with EEC. If you have any specific question about the regional trainings or the EEC/WIDA project, please contact Jennifer Amaya-Thompson (EEC), HSSCO Director, at jennifer.amaya-thompson@state.ma.us or 617 988-6634. This training opportunity is funded through a federal Race to The Top Early Learning Challenge grant.  In addition, a copy WIDA presentation to EEC’s Board conducted on the E-ELD Standards can be accessed at

 http://www.mass.gov/edu/government/departments-and-boards/board-of-early-education-and-care/eec-board-meetings/archived-eec-board-meeting-materials/2013-eec-board-meetings/november-12-2013-full-board-meeting.html

 

Sincerely,

Tom Weber

Commissioner Department of Early Education and Care