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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30 Jan · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers that Make Early Ed. Professional Development Stick

The big question about expensive professional development for early childhood educators is: Will it stick? Will the time and expense result in lasting, meaningful change? Five quick questions can make all the difference. Don’t pay anyone to provide professional development for your early childhood education program without getting answers to these  Fast 5 Questions. The really …

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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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23 Oct · Karen Nemeth · 4 Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers that Build Language Quality for DLLs!

by Karen Nemeth Have you seen the articles focusing on language quality this week? In the New York Times on October 16, 2014 we read about Kathy Hirsh-Pasek’s research in Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Says. Researchers are making a powerful case that, for children under the age of 6, …

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5 Oct · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Recursos para los maestros preescolares

por Karen Nemeth Recursos en español para educación y desarrollo infantil 2014                                                                                        …

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3 Mar · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Language Diversity … Can You Help Young Children Communicate and Play with their Friends who Speak Different Languages? (How New Words, New Friends was born!)

How New Words, New Friends was Born! by Karen N. Nemeth  “Why don’t you play much with the other kids, Vivi?” “Most of the kids speak Spanish and they just talk to each other. If my friend who speaks my language doesn’t come to school one day, I don’t have anybody to play with.” “Don’t …

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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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18 Oct · Karen Nemeth · 2 Comments

Twitter tips – What to do with a Conference Hashtag Twitter feed

by Karen Nemeth It’s 2014 – so you shouldn’t be surprised that every education conference is asking you to follow proceedings on Twitter.  Don’t be afraid.  When you try it, you’ll really like what this use of social media has to offer.  Here are some tips: 1.  Twitter is free and it’s public – anyone …

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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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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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