2015 Dual Language Learners Learning Table

Moving from Research to Action for Young Dual Language Learners (DLLs)

An English language development (ELD) approach recognizes the benefits of the strategic use and continued development of the home language to the acquisition of English during the preschool years. A recent scan of early learning and development standards, commissioned by the BUILD Initiative, showed that many states have moved toward this approach. Yet, the scan also revealed that more work needs to be done to align an ELD approach within the components of the early learning system (e.g., assessment, workforce competencies, instructional guidance, etc.) in order to drive high quality services that will improve outcomes for young DLLs and their families.  

In this Learning Table, state teams had an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the English Language Development approach, and work together to examine challenges and plan strategies to strengthen a particular component of their system. State teams benefited from individualized webinars, coaching, and tailored technical assistance to develop a plan of action to address a selected component that needs attention in order to create meaningful change for young DLLs and their families.

Access the BUILD report, State Early Learning and Development Standards, Policies and Related Practices: How Responsive are they to the Needs of Young Dual Language Learners?