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Supporting Dual-Language Learners
In this 2-day session, teachers will learn how The Creative Curriculum® addresses the needs of children from birth through preschool who are learning English as a second language, strategies for building effective partnerships with families, and ways to support children’s acquisition of English while supporting home language development. They will become familiar with basic theories of second-language acquisition and know where to find additional support in The Creative Curriculum® professional development resources. They will learn about daily practice resources that help teachers support dual-language learners, such as Teaching Guides, Mighty Minutes™, Intentional Teaching Cards™, and Book Discussion Cards™. In addition, teachers will understand how to use Teaching Strategies GOLD™ to accurately assess children who speak a home language other than English. By the end of the session, teachers will be able to create a strong home/school connection for the dual-language learners in their classroom communities.