REEd Teacher/Parent Resources

Building District Capacity to Support Mentors and Teachers in the Academic Language and Literacy Development of Young English Learners

A project from UC Davis REEd, supported by a National Professional Development grant from the U.S. Dept of Education/ Office of English Language Acquisition.

Overview

This project investigates the knowledge and practices needed to support the enactment of a set of research-based, high impact practices for developing the academic language and literacy of young emergent bilinguals (EBs). The contribution of this work is in combining a focus on young EBs (TK-2) with online resources to support home and family engagement. 

The online teacher and parent modules are developed by experts in the area of second language acquisition and teaching bilingual learners. They include a framework and research-based strategies that teachers and parents can use to extend children’s academic language and literacy in three areas: 1) discussion/interaction, 2) production (writing/speaking), and 3) interpretation of complex texts. The teacher modules include teaching strategies, instructional videos, and planning guidelines that align with Common Core and California ELD standards and research-based practices. The parent module is available in English and Spanish and includes conversational activities and questions to extend discussion, prompt children to explain their reasoning, and engage more deeply with literacy practices in any language.

Parent Modules: Supporting Literacy Through Conversations at Home

NOTE: The video links within the modules work best on a computer or on a device with the YouTube app. Click on the i when the speaker prompts you. Otherwise, you may click on the external video links listed below the modules. 

English Parent Module Presentation: Supporting Literacy Through Conversations at Home

Building District Capacity to Support Mentors and Teachers in the Academic Language and Literacy Development of Young English Learners

Spanish Parent Module Presentation: Apoyo al alabetización a travéz de conversaciones en casa

Building District Capacity to Support Mentors and Teachers in the Academic Language and Literacy Development of Young English Learners

External Videos Included in the Parent Module:

Reading With Your Child, from WNET

Leyendo con su hijo, de WNET 

Active Read Alouds: Bringing Nonfiction to Life, from Reading Rockets 

I Spy Game, from Sesame Street (English) 

Veo veo, from Sesame Street (Spanish)

Additional Resources for Parents

Becoming Bilingual 

Reading with your Child (English, Spanish, Bengali, and Chinese) 

Literacy Games  

6 Games for Reading 

Start with a Book 

Juguemos con el lenguaje/ The Joy of Talking with Young Children (English and Spanish) 

Adding Math into your Daily Routine 

Reading Tips for Parents (available in many languages) 

 

Teacher Modules: Supporting Academic Language in Every Subject 

The following video presentation modules may be used by teachers to further their professional learning of instructional practices to support emerging bilingual students in grades TK-2. 

NOTE: The video links within the modules work best on a computer or on a device with the YouTube app. Click on the i when the speaker prompts you. Otherwise, you may click on the external video links listed below the modules. 

Module 1: Fostering Academic Interactions

Building District Capacity to Support Mentors and Teachers in the Academic Language and Literacy Development of Young English Learners

Module 2: Fortifying Complex Output

Building District Capacity to Support Mentors and Teachers in the Academic Language and Literacy Development of Young English Learners

Module 3: Using Complex Texts to Build Academic Language

Building District Capacity to Support Mentors and Teachers in the Academic Language and Literacy Development of Young English Learners

External Videos Included in the Teacher Modules

Module 1: Ms. Iwaszewicz’s Kindergarten Disciplinary Discussion 

Module 2: Ms. Leader’s 2nd Grade Socratic Seminar 

Module 3: 2nd Graders Gather Evidence about Soil

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