21 Dec · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

To Build a Cohesive, High-quality Early Childhood System, You Have to Address Linguistic Diversity!

  by Karen Nemeth In a recent blog post from the Brookings Institution, authors Bassok, Magnuson, and Weiland1 review the shortcomings of the current early childhood care and education system and make recommendations for changes in the field… without ever once mentioning the role of growing language diversity. Apparently, that’s my job. So, please get …

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11 Nov · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers Help Diverse Young Children Respect Each Other

  Early childhood educators have the power to start early and start strong by helping all children learn to respect themselves and others. When children and teachers speak different languages, they need special strategies to build that life-changing sense of community. Pronounce each child’s name as closely as possible. Model for your DLLs and for …

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2 Jun · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Cultural/Linguistic Responsiveness is NOT Enough for DLLs

Cultural and linguistic responsiveness is NOT enough to address the early learning needs of young children who are dual language learners. This infographic tells the story about what should be included in plans for preschool DLLs. Feel free to use it as a planning tool or an advocacy tool.

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18 May · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Wait a Year to Assess Preschool DLLs with Disabilities? No! And Here’s Why

I was asked by a district whether it was a good idea to wait for a preschool dual language learner to spend a year in English-only kindergarten before screening or assessing him for possible speech/language services. Here’s my answer along with relevant resources. photo by Bigstock.com 1. Full English immersion is not the best approach …

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14 Mar · Karen Nemeth · 11 Comments

The D.A.P. Gap: Is Cute the Enemy of Quality?

By Karen N. Nemeth, Let’s be honest. Worksheets, cookie cutter craft activities, printables, and plastic manipulatives are widely reviled by early childhood education experts, yet they are widely available and often used in preschool and child care programs. At a recent luncheon with early childhood professional development providers and authors, we tried to sort out …

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24 Feb · Karen Nemeth · 2 Comments

The Importance of Being a Little More Inclusive

By Karen N. Nemeth How did you like the new book, The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups, by Erika Christakis?  It is so appealing that readers might not immediately realize what’s missing:  there is no inclusion of diversity. This is not a book about all preschoolers – it is a …

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7 Aug · Karen Nemeth · One Comment

Naming the New, Inclusive Early Childhood Education: All Teachers Ready for DECAL!

by Karen N. Nemeth, Ed.M., Pam Brillante, Ed.D., and Leah J. Mullen, M.A. What do we need to see in early childhood education now and in the future? The days of fragmented programs where children and teachers are divided according to special needs and special skills are over. Silos don’t work. Isolating children and practitioners …

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15 Feb · Karen Nemeth · 9 Comments

Ban the “Bears”! We Can Do Better in Preschool!

By Karen N. Nemeth, Ed.M., author and founder of Language Castle and Pamela Brillante, Ed.D., author and assistant professor of special education You know those colorful, plastic “bears”? We’re sure you do because they are in nearly every preschool classroom in the U.S. We think that’s a problem and we are about to tell you …

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15 Apr · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Celebrate all the Languages of Children This Week!

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7 Nov · Karen Nemeth · 5 Comments

Remembering Ty Nelson in Atlanta

by Karen Nemeth If you knew my mom, Ty Nelson, these pictures wouldn’t surprise you.  But, if you know my work now, would you have guessed I had a mom like that?  She had a sweater or vest for every season and holiday!  I hope reading this will bring up all kinds of memories for …

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