16 May · Karen Nemeth · 3 Comments

Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Education: A Federal Guidance Crosswalk

Twelve national reports and policy statements have been released over the past two years that provide recommendations for supporting dual language learners (DLLs) in early childhood. This crosswalk is designed to show how these recommendations can work together to support effective early childhood care and education. Column headings represent the components recommended by the various …

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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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5 Dec · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Infographic Makes the Case for Including Young DLLs in Everything!

Language Castle is giving you this infographic so you can use it for advocacy, reports, grants and policy development in support of dual language learners. Click the image or here to download the infographic.

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25 Nov · Karen Nemeth · One Comment

U.S.: 1 Country, 2 Language Attitudes – Should All Children be DLLs?

By Karen N. Nemeth What an interesting week in the news for early childhood language and advocates. News reports revealed the growing trend for families in upscale neighborhoods to pay high fees for language immersion schools so their young children can become bilingual. On the other hand we read that, in some cities, families are …

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3 Oct · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

October is Prevent Bullying Month

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20 Jun · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Summer Learning Day for Preschool DLLs

by Karen N. Nemeth Diego and Mei-ling may be small, but they worked hard to learn in their preschool this year. They did a lot of preschool learning, social learning AND language learning, but what will happen to all that knowledge over the long weeks of summer leading up to the first day of kindergarten? …

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21 Feb · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

World Mother Language Day in Professional Development – Four Pillars of Support

by Karen N. Nemeth Celebrate World Mother Language Day on February 21, 2014 by Sharing the 4 Pillars of Support for Home Language: Brain, Identity, Family and Social Skills Development Over the past year, we’ve shared several major research reports that confirm the importance of supporting each child’s home language, or “mother language”.   I make …

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25 Sep · Karen Nemeth · One Comment

Ten MORE Ways to Improve School Attendance with DLLs and Families in Mind

By Karen Nemeth Reports about the damaging effects of poor school attendance in early childhood education, particularly kindergarten, have been in the news lately.  Whenever that happens, lists of solutions soon follow.   I am concerned that most of these solutions are focused on the superficial symptoms rather than on the root causes.  If we really …

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21 May · Karen Nemeth · 8 Comments

Advocacy for Preschool DLLs? Are you Serious??

by Karen Nemeth No, really.  I’m asking you if you are serious about being an advocate for preschool DLLs.  Because getting serious means we have to go beyond occasional events and start weaving awareness of DLLs into everyday actions.  There’s a lot of  talk about preschool initiatives right now so what we do and say …

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18 Mar · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Does Dual-Language Immersion Learning Pay Off in Better Test Scores?

Dual language immersion programs are appearing all over the country. Karen was interviewed by Larry Mantle on the Los Angeles NPR station on March 25, 2013 to discuss what families should look for when choosing a high quality dual language program for their child. You can listen to the Does dual-immersion learning pay off in …

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