Early Edge's Dual Language Learners Forum, hosted in partnership with First 5 Fresno County, is an opportunity for on-the-ground educators and stakeholders to share with us their views on:
- What are the barriers for educators in supporting the learning and growth of dual language learners?
- What supports are needed?
- How can an advocacy and policy organization like Early Edge advance quality teaching and learning for DLLs?
With the leadership of The Early Learning Lab and a group of policy experts, practitioners, and thought leaders, Early Edge has launched a strategic planning process to drive a quality teaching and learning agenda in California. This DLL forum is a key stop in Early Edge’s statewide listening tour, which will ensure our emerging policy framework reflects the experiences and needs of teachers, parents, and caregivers serving California’s children.
We're pleased to welcome the following speakers:
- Linda Espinosa, University of Missouri
- Vange Reynoso-Moore, Central Valley Children’s Services Network
- Mike Hanson, Fresno Unified School District Superintendent
- Deanna Mathies, Fresno Unified School District
- Sandra Flores, Fresno County Preterm Birth Initiative
- Marlene Zepeda, California State University Los Angeles
- Miriam Calderon, Bainum Family Foundation
- Michele Cantwell-Copher, Fresno County Office of Education
- Chris Sciarrino, The Early Learning Lab
- Whit Hayslip, Starting Smart and Strong Initiative
With the passage of Proposition 58 – which makes it easier for public schools to decide how to teach English learners whether in bilingual, English-only, or other types of programs – now is the time to discuss how we can realize its promise of improving outcomes for our students.
We've chosen to host the DLL forum in Fresno because of the early childhood community's innovative work in improving instructional practices to serve DLLs.
Registration and appetizers will begin at 3 p.m. We hope you can make it!