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DLL Professional Development Funding

Efforts by Early Edge California with support from Assemblymember Reyes, the Legislature, and the California Department of Education (CDE), resulted in a one-time $5 million allocation in the 2018 California state budget to provide educators with professional development specific to Dual Language Learners (DLLs).

The Need for DLL Specific Professional Development

Most early educators in California do not have DLL-specific professional development

Without specific training, teachers are not adequately prepared to teach DLL children.

60% of California children 5 and under are DLLs

This professional development funding will:

  1. Train more early educators and caregivers to effectively support DLLs and their families,
  2. Strengthen and expand the current DLL-specific training infrastructure in California, including online options,
  3. Increase DLL-specific higher education coursework, and
  4. Promote a birth to third grade professional development model for teachers serving DLLs and English Learners.

Funded Projects

Investing in training to build the capacity of early educators to meet the needs of DLLs and their families will help close the achievement gap in the early years and reduce the need for later intervention.

Click on each logo below for information on the DLL Grant Recipients:

California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)

California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)

Program Description: CPIN is a California-based Preschool-specific professional development provider offering low-cost trainings to preschool teachers and administrators statewide. CPIN provides professional development for preschool administrators and teachers highlighting current research-based information, resources, and effective instructional practices.

CPIN Dual Language Online Learning

How Funds Will be Used: Grant will enable development of DLL-specific online training modules and professional learning opportunities through a virtual learning platform for preschool program directors and teachers via the California Early Childhood Online website. Trainings will also be conducted for regional CPIN leads on the course content and how they can effectively deliver the content to other early learning teachers and administrators
within their region.

Cal State University Channel Islands (CSUCI)

Cal State University Channel Islands (CSUCI)

Program Description: The CSUCI early childhood studies program seeks to prepare students to work with young children from birth through eight years of age and their families, with a focus on coursework related to language acquisition and literacy for young DLLs.

CSU Channel Islands Dual Language Learners (DLL) Project Details

DLL Resources from CSUCI

CSUCI DLL Course Flyer

How Funds Will be Used: Grant will enable the creation of two sequenced online courses with DLL-focused content for assistant teachers, teachers, administrators, and coaches with corresponding online community of practice sessions. These courses will be offered in English and Spanish and will be taught by instructors who have been trained to deliver the online course content.

For more information, please contact:
Mari Estrada, Ph.D. Co-Director, DLL Professional Development Project
Email: [email protected]

Preschool Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD)

Preschool Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD)

Program Description: Based on the original kindergarten through fifth-grade Project GLAD, Preschool GLAD offers research-based strategies for creating language-rich settings that promote dual language development for DLLs.

Preschool GLAD DLL-PD Grant Activities

GLAD Grant Overview and Interest Form

How Funds Will be Used: Grant will provide teachers and administrators the opportunity to be trained on the Preschool GLAD model. Initial training will be delivered by certified trainers from the Orange County Department of Education. The trainers will then work with school districts and programs to identify local educators to receive additional training to become certified GLAD trainers.

For more information, please contact Christie Baird: [email protected]

Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) Model

Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) Model

Program Description: This is a comprehensive model of intensive, enriched language and literacy education for Dual/English learners that begins in preschool and continues through third-grade.

SEAL Dual Language Learner Early Education Initiative

SEAL Preschool CDE Grant Flyer

How Funds Will be Used: Six groups of teachers will engage in an intensive SEAL professional development program geared to preschool settings. In addition, four communities of practice will be established across the state for preschool teachers and administrators to continue building their knowledge of best practices for supporting DLLs.

For more information, please contact:
Patty Delaney, Director of Program and District Partnerships
Email: [email protected] 

Language Learning Project

Language Learning Project

Program Description:  The Language Learning Project is based on the Fresno Language Project (FLP), which is a part of the Starting Smart and Strong Initiative, and was created to ensure all children, including DLLs, have a strong early language foundation upon kindergarten entry. The project centers around professional development and coaching that is based on practices for working with DLLs, including infants and toddlers.

Language Learning Project Details

Language Learning Project Flyer

LLP Online Leadership Orientation June 10, 2020

How Funds Will be Used: The grant will expand FLP to other parts of the state. The Language Learning Project uses Personalized Oral Language(s) Learning strategies, which are concrete approaches that support language learning in ECE settings, including those serving infants and toddlers.

For more information, please contact:
Lupe Jaime-Mileham at [email protected] 
Maria Ceballos at [email protected]

Faculty Initiative Project

Faculty Initiative Project

Program Description: This is a collaborative between the California Department of Education(CDE) and WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies with the purpose of aligning and integrating essential content and competencies of key early childhood-specific CDE materials and initiatives with core ECE curricula of the California Community College (CCC) and the California State University (CSU) systems.

CDE ECE Faculty Initiative Project

Faculty Initiative Project Dual Language Learners PD 2020

How Funds Will be Used: The grant will provide additional support for the Faculty Initiative Project to ensure more higher education faculty have access to DLL-specific content. Faculty will convene and discuss topics such as dual language learning strategies, literacy development for young DLLs, and teaching in a linguistically
diverse classroom.

Key Findings

Read key data from the initiative gathered at the close of this grant in June 2020.

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