791. Measuring & Assessing Quality for Young Dual Language Learners - What are we Learning?
|Date:||Wednesday July 13, 2016|
|Time:||2:45 PM - 4:15 PM|
|Location:||Grand Salon 22 (1st floor)|
|Speakers:|| Miriam Calderon, Bainum Family Foundation
Veronica Fernandez, University of Miami
Carola Matera, California State University
Jennifer Park, Teachstone
The population of children who are Dual Language Learners (DLLs) in early learning programs continues to grow, spanning more geographically diverse areas across the country. Yet, many of our observational tools for assessing program quality, either for accountability purposes or to plan professional supports for teachers, were not designed to measure targeted strategies for young dual language learners. In this session, experts will discuss findings from recent studies that have looked at the use of tools like the CLASS alongside tools that specifically measure DLL instructional practices. These experts will offer guidance on measurement of quality in classrooms with DLLs, and discuss implications of this research for quality rating and improvement systems.