The mandate to close schools in California and engage in distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the way that Early Learning teachers are able to engage with their students. To support the current needs of our teachers and the young children they work with, Early Edge California is designing a series of webinars to provide new tools for teaching from home.
Watch the Distance Learning Webinar: Elevating Assets-based Virtual Teaching for Dual Language Learners in Transitional Kindergarten
Hosted by Early Edge California in partnership with Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Equity for English Learners (LMU-CEEL)
This webinar presents design principles for equitable distance learning for Dual Language Learners in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and similar early childhood settings. Two TK teachers share virtual classroom-based strategies to elevate student and family assets and support social and emotional needs during COVID-19. Participants have the opportunity to explore intentional, instructional design ideas to promote oral language development and deliver Integrated English Language Development for Language Arts and Math.
Presentation Slides: Elevating Assets-based Virtual Teaching for DLLs in TK
About the Presenters
Tina Renzullo is a Transitional Kindergarten teacher at George C. Marshall Elementary School in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. She also teaches in the Certificate in Teaching Transitional Kindergarten/Early Childhood Education program through Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education Center for Equity for English Learners. Tina was filmed in action in her classroom as part of the California Department of Education’s Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide video series. As a proud educator of 34 years (and counting!), Tina celebrates the practice of both the art and the science of teaching and lends her voice as an advocate for equity in and access to appropriate early learner education. Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from California State University, Los Angeles, a Masters in Advanced Teaching Practice from University of LaVerne, and a Certificate in Teaching Transitional Kindergarten/Early Childhood Education from Loyola Marymount University.
Maria Lourdes Salazar is a Transitional Kindergarten teacher at Willow Elementary in South Gate, CA. She has been teaching for 22 years in Los Angeles Unified School District and has taught Transitional Kindergarten since 2010. She graduated, obtained a teaching credential, and a master’s in administration from Cal State Dominguez Hills. In 2012, she earned a Teaching Transitional Kindergarten Certificate from Loyola Marymount University. She became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in 2017. Maria enjoys working with young children and building relationships with their families. She believes strongly in developing the whole child and knows that the social and emotional development is as important as the academic.
About the Moderator:
Dr. Elvira G. Armas is the Director of Programs and Partnerships for the Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) and Affiliated Faculty in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. Throughout her career as an educator, she has been actively engaged in collaborating with TK–12th-grade educators in the areas of leadership, curriculum, integrated standards-based instruction, assessment, and family/community engagement in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.