In this practical guide, 45 contributing experts answer 78 practitioner questions about leadership, programming, professional development (PD), and how to address different home languages when assessing children and classrooms.
The book is structured to encourage productive conversations among book study groups and guide action among leadership teams. Educators can use the Key Considerations for Language Plan that opens each chapter to review what is already happening in their school relative to the chapter topic and to identify areas that they want to target for improvement. Educators can turn to expert responses in the chapters to answer their questions and guide their work. Leadership teams can use the application templates at the end of each chapter to customize their approach to providing quality early childhood programs that place young dual langualge learners on an equitable path to educational success.
Learning Support Features: These features allow the book to be used as an in-depth planning tool, an easy-access desktop reference for any early childhood education administrator, and a great resource for graduate courses and high-level PD.
Key Considerations for Language Plan: Each chapter begins with this feature to show educators how they can use what they read to create a specific language plan for their schools that represents the shared knowledge and vision of the entire school community.
Glossary: Highlights and explains the myriad of terms that may be encountered when attending meetings or reading guidance materials about working with young children who have home languages other than English.
Resources and Questions: Each chapter concludes with tools that can immediately be used in practice: