In February, our team presented at Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Equity for English Learners (LMU-CEEL) professional development conference, the 28th Jornada Pedagógica Internacional para la Educación Multilingüe, held virtually this year. The event, facilitated entirely in Spanish, is designed for bilingual teachers working in bilingual or dual-language immersion programs, bilingual teacher education faculty, professional developers, as well as for Spanish speakers and families who want to promote the use of Spanish in their homes and communities. Early Edge co-sponsored the event.
Our Executive Director Patricia Lozano and Director of Dual Language Learner (DLL) Programs Carolyne Crolotte joined Early Edge partner Anna Arambula, Coach for the Language Learning Project and Fresno Unified School District and Dual Language Learning Consultant, to lead the conference workshop, “Apoyando el desarrollo de mentes bilingües en la educación de la primera infancia.”
They presented information about the development of bilingual minds in the early years, sharing scientific research and demographic data on young children who are learning two languages. In addition, the presenters shared information about oral language development and instructional strategies for teachers to effectively promote bilingualism. Resources were also shared for supporting DLL children, who represent nearly 60% of children under age 6 in California, and their families. Resources include Early Edge’s webinar series (with free recordings available in both English and Spanish), COVID-19 support webpages for DLL children and families, and resources page for supporting DLLs.
The workshop recording is now available! We encourage you to utilize this resource and share with your colleagues.