Staff Development: Supplementary Materials

Welcome to our supplementary materials section. This section highlights a variety of resources on professional development practices for staff who work with Dual Language Learners (DLLs). All Head Start staff may find this information helpful. 


While we do not endorse any of these resources, we value their information and find it useful for programs to know that they are available. These websites are constantly changing and adding new information to support teachers and parents of all children, including DLLs. Check back often to find new resources.


Barone, Diane M. and Shelley Hong Xu. Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners Pre-K-2. The Guilford Press. 2008.

California Department of Education. Preschool English Learners: Principles and Practices to Promote Language, Literacy, and Learning. [PDF, 177.5KB]

NAEYC. A World of Difference: Reading on Teaching Young Children in a Diverse Society.

Nemeth, Karen. Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners/Tips and Techniques for Preschool Teachers. 2009.

Ramirez, Freeman, and Freeman. Diverse Learners in the Mainstream Classroom: Strategies for Supporting ALL Students Across Content Areas--English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, Gifted/Talented Students. Heinemann: 2008.

Roberts, Theresa. No Limits to Literacy for Preschool English Learners. Corwin Press: January 2009. 

Suarez, Debra (ed.). "Helping English Language Learners Succeed in Pre-K-Elementary Schools: Collaborative Partnerships Between ESL and Classroom Teachers." Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages: 2006.

Examples of Trainings

FPG Child Development Institute. New Voices/Nuevas Voces.

Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities. Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training .

Monarch Center II. Models for Preparing Culturally Responsive Special Education Personnel.

PBS TeacherLine. "Professional Development for PreK-12 educators."

Technical Reports

The Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Building Culturally and Linguistically Competent Services to Support Young Children, Their Families, and School Readiness [PDF, 535.5KB].

Catlett, C., P.J. Winton, & S.E. Hamel, eds. "Walking the walk: A guide to diversity resources for trainers (2nd ed.)." Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, FPG Child Development Institute. 2004. [PDF, 604.5KB].

The Equity Alliance at Arizona State University. "Professional Learning for Culturally Responsive Teaching."

Training Materials

FPG Child Development Institute. "Crosswalks: Outreach to Infuse Diversity in Pre-Service Education."

FPG Child Development Institute. "A Guide to Diversity Resources for Trainers." Walking the Walk. [PDF, 657KB].

Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities. "Training Modules. Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training."


The Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers. Essential Connections: 10 Keys to Culturally Sensitive Child Care. 1993. 36 minutes.

Educational Productions. Starting Points by EdPro.

The Unlikely Friendship Curriculum and Video Guide [PDF, 578.5KB].

WestEd for the California Department of Education. A World Full of Language: Supporting Preschool English Language Learners. 2007. 30 minutes.

Website Articles

Early Childhood Research Institute.Moving Towards Cross-Cultural Competence in Lifelong Personnel Development. Technical Report #3. Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, October 2000.

FPG Child Development Institute. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 28, Early Childhood Teacher Prep[PDF, 58.4KB].

FPG Child Development Institute. FPG Snapshot: Preparing Culturally Competent Early Childhood Teachers [PDF, 832KB].

Website Resources

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Multicultural Diversity.

University of Southern California National Clearinghouse for Paraeducator Resources. Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research. Paraeducator Pathways into Teaching.

Be sure to visit the Professional Development section for more information.

Staff Development: Supplementary Materials. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2009. English.

Last Reviewed: September 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014