Culture and Language

Professional Learning Guides to Support Children Who Are Dual Language Learners

This series of professional learning guides are designed to support program leaders, including education managers, as they develop practices and systems to support the full and effective participation of children who are dual language learners (DLLs) and their families. A child who is a DLL is acquiring two or more languages at the same time, or is learning a second language while continuing to develop their first language. There are three guides in this series:

  • The first discusses integrating culturally and linguistically responsive practices
  • The second focuses on providing intentional language support
  • The third explores family engagement

Use these guides to review the latest evidence-based practices that support children who are DLLs and their families. Program leaders can also use these resources to guide their work in creating professional development plans.

Each guide is composed of six sections, including information on how to use the guide, research-based principles to support professional development, system-wide tools and approaches, and specific program practices. Resources and tools to analyze and improve program practices are embedded throughout.