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 Massachusetts, 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).

EEC's E-ELD guidelines are aligned with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) English Language Development (WIDA-ELD) Standards ( hyperlink to http://www.doe.mass.edu/ell/wida.html) for Kindergarten through Grade 12, adopted in June 2012, as part of the larger Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language (RETELL) Initiative. EEC's E-ELD guidelines are also aligned with the State’s Early Learning Standards (hyperlink to: http://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-and-care/curriculum-and-learning/) and the Head Start’s Child Development and Early Learning Framework (hyperlink to: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/eecd/Assessment/Child%20Outcomes/HS_Revised_Child_Outcomes_Framework(rev-Sept2011).pdf

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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: to learn more about past and upcoming EEC/WIDA informational opportunities for educators, trainers and parents on supporting the school readiness of Young Dual Language Learners School Readiness events and professional development opportunities for educators,administrators, coordinators, trainers, and parents/caregivers, see the following events:

STATEWIDE CONFERENCES

CONFERENCES

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

Description: In February 2014, The Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care (EEC), in partnership with World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA), sponsored a one-day event focusing on a comprehensive approach to support dual language learners/English language learners from birth through grade 12. The conference was supported by funding from Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant. The audience included Early Education and Care partners from Head Start, Child Care, Home Visiting, EPS Grantees, Readiness Centers, Institutes of Higher Education, and other advocacy groups.

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.

Event Materials: The conference presentations conducted on February 27, 2014 and other information can be downloaded at http://wida.us/standards/eeld.aspx#events.

Note:  A second conference will be conducted in the Fall/Winter of 2014.

WEBINAR SERIES -SUPPORTING YOUNG DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNER'S SCHOOL READINESS

WEBINAR SERIES (3 Statewide Webinars)

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

Description: This webinar provides an 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.

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

Recording: http://wida.us/standards/video/Language_in_Play_03.13.2014.html

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

Description: This webinar provides 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.

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

Recording: http://wida.us/standards/video/03.27.14_Understanding_Language_Growth_E-ELD.html

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

Description: This webinar builds 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.

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

Recording: http://www.wida.us/standards/video/WebinarPlayingWithLanguage4_10_2014.html

Further information about past and upcoming webinars by WIDA about young DLLs can be found at http://wida.us/standards/eeld.aspx#webinars.

MASTER CADRE (Educators)

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

Description: Five regional trainer-of-trainers 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 spring 2014.

View more information on the Master Cadre training opportunity. pdf format of Master Cadre Training to Support Dual Language Learners

If you are interested in applying to the Master Cadre, please email Indira Ceylan, at iceylan@wisc.edu to receive updates directly.

PARENTS & FAMILIES

PARENT/FAMILIES FOCUS GROUP (Summer/Fall 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.

See overview description of this project: http://wida.us/standards/Family%20Focus%20Groups%20Flyer.pdf

If you are interested in hosting a focus group, please email Indira Ceylan, at iceylan@wisc.edu, and copy Jennifer Amaya-Thompson at jennifer.amaya-thompson@state.ma.us.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the Head Start State Collaboration Office are partnering with the Head Start National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) in supporting Dual Language Learners School Readiness and School Success. As part of our collaboration, the "Importance of Home Language Series" handouts listed in the NCCLR, https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/cultural-linguistic/center/home-language.html, have been translated in 5 languages, including, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese. These resources are valuable in supporting our State Initiative to support young Dual Language Learner's School Readiness. These translated documents are forthcoming.

Contact Information:

For questions about the regional trainings, conferences, and parent groups or the EEC/WIDA project, please contact Jennifer Amaya-Thompson (EEC), HSSCO Director, at jennifer.amaya-thompson@state.ma.us or 617 988-6634.