Voices Vol 41 No 3

 

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS: Early Childhood

PreK-Kindergarten SIG Notes

By Monica Schnee

This year's Special Interest Group meeting was extremely well attended on both days of the Spring Conference. We had about 60 members join our discussions between Wednesday and Thursday. I want to thank all of the participants for sharing their experiences, knowledge and what you do in your programs. I also want to express how touched I was by some of the emails I received after the conference. We all share a passion for teaching and for our learners. As we all agreed, the best way to succeed is to work collaboratively and to share our failures and successes. Below are some highlights from our meeting and resources that I promised to share.

WIDA: 2012 WIDA Standards for Kindergarten do not include Pre-K. Standards for PreK- 3 and 4 will be available at a later date. Kindergarten Standards will be released this Fall.For standards log on to http://wida.us/standards/elp.aspx Review our 2012 Edition Overview Tutorial as many times as you like! Please make sure your computer's sound is turned on so you can hear the narration. The tutorial is approximately 10 minutes long.

Common Core State Standards: Though integrated into the new WIDA Standards, participants were encouraged to look at them to understand how instruction will be delivered, particularly in Language Arts. http://www.corestandards.org/

Please view the Kindergarten Guidelines (PDF) and other resources from the Department of Early Childhood. Click on the links below: New Jersey Kindergarten Implementation Guidelines http://www.nj.gov/education/ece/k/

Research from The National Clearing house for English Language Acquisition George Washington University. Read and download the PDF dedicated to how DLLs (Dual Language Learners) acquire vocabulary and literacy skills. Young English Learners AccELLerate, Winter 2012- Volume 4: Issue 2 — http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/accellerate/

A look at assessment, research and expectations for DLLs, two PDF presentations by Dr. Linda Espinosa: Assessing Young English Learners Across Purposes and Domains: Promises and Pitfalls (2008), Linda Espinosa www.researchconnections.org/files/meetings/ell/Espinosa.pdf What Does the Research Say About Curriculum and Assessment for Young DLLs? (2010), Linda Espinosa http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/files/webinars/20/Espinos_Apr10.pdf

Websites that are always a good resource for information and bilingual books:

Reading Rockets http://www.readingrockets.org/atoz/developmental_milestones/
¡Colorín Colorado! http://www.colorincolorado.org/
Language Lizards http://www.languagelizard.com/
Karen Nemeth http://www.languagecastle.com/
Professional development webcasts from the Division of Early Childhood
Make Reading Count: Effective Strategies for Teaching Comprehension
From Babbling To Books Differentiated Reading Instruction http://www.dec-sped.org/

Social Networks

You can join LinkedIn groups: Early childhood staff development and ELLs / DLLs in Early Childhood
Twitter: #Ellchat. #Kinderchat. #Edchat. #Earlyed

Books

One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Preschool Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language [Paperback], Patton O. Tabors
Many Languages, One Classroom, Karen Nemeth
Basics of Supporting Dual Language Learners: An Introduction for Educators of Children from Birth through Age 8, Karen Nemeth

Organizations

NAEYC, The National Association for the Education of Young Children
Screening and Placement Tool for Kindergarten
WIDA MODEL Kit for Kindergarten is $150.00 for a single kit, $200.00 for a double

Monica Schnee, PreK-Kindergarten SIG, River Edge School District