Collaboration in Action: Implementation of a Comprehensive Approach for Early English Language Support

Friday, June 27, 2014: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Strand 12A (Hyatt Regency New Orleans)
Content Strands:
  1. Implementing state and federal programs policy
  2. Next generation assessment systems
The number of young dual language learners has grown substantially in the United States in recent years. Consequently, early childhood practitioners are presented with the challenge of supporting, instructing, and assessing young dual language learners using the benchmarks of states’ Early Learning Standards, often without cultural and linguistic relevance. WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) responded to the growing need for supporting learning and assessment of young dual language learners by creating the Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Standards Framework. In demonstrating Massachusetts’ commitment to all children, the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) engaged in a partnership with WIDA to implement the E-ELD Standards in all Massachusetts EEC programs to improve program quality and outcomes for dual language learners. Panelists will provide an overview of WIDA’s E-ELD Standards and focus on the partnership between Massachusetts Department of EEC and WIDA.