National Research Summit on Early Education of Dual Language Learners

In the fall of 2014, the Heising-Simons and McKnight Foundations provided support for a National Research Summit on the Early Care and Education of Dual Language Learners in Washington, DC. The goal of the two day summit was to engage and extend the established knowledge base accrued by the Center for Early Care and Educational Research Dual Language Learners while simultaneously informing the future potential policy efforts specific to the early care and education (ECE) of dual language learners (DLLs). The Summit focused on new directions in research, policy and practice related to DLLs in ECE settings and included discussion of five commissioned papers: Research Based Models and Best Practices for DLLs across PreK-3; Perspectives on Assessment of DLLs, PreK-3; Human Resource Development; The Critical Role of Leaderships in Programs Designed for DLLs, PreK-3; Policy Advances & Levers Related to DLLs in PreK-3.The following briefs provide a short summary and synthesis of the policy implications addressed in these papers and the discussion generated at The Summit.

Policy Report

Garcia, E. E., Castro, D. C. & Markos, A. (Spring, 2015). Helping America’s dual language learners succeed: A research-based agenda for action. Tempe: Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Commissioned Papers

Castro, D. C. (October, 2014). Research based on best practices for dual language learners in PreK-3rd grade: Instructional strategies and language of instruction approaches. (Commissioned paper #1). Tempe: Arizona State University.

Espinosa, L.M. (October, 2014). Perspectives on assessment of dual language learners’ development and learning, PreK-3rd grade. (Commissioned paper #2). Tempe: Arizona State University.

Zepeda, M. (October, 2014). Human resource support for those serving young dual language learners. (Commissioned paper #3). Tempe: Arizona State University.

López, F. (October, 2014). The critical role of leadership in programs designed for dual language learners, PreK-3rd grade. (Commissioned paper #4). Tempe: Arizona State University.

Frede, E. & Figueras-Daniel, A. (October, 2014). Policy advances & levers related to dual language learners in PreK-3rd grade. (Commissioned paper #5). Tempe: Arizona State University.

Early Care and Education of Dual Language Briefs

Teachers' Brief

Parents' Brief

Administrators

Administrator Brief

Policy Makers

Policy Maker Brief

Policy Thinkers

Policy Thinker Brief