Upcoming DLL Lab Presentations at NABE 2022 Conference

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Developing Language and Literacy Laboratory

Upcoming DLL Lab Presentations at NABE 2022 Conference


DLL Lab members and collaborators will be presenting two sessions about the Exceptional Coaching for Early Language and Literacy (ExCELL) professional development program at the NABE 2022 Conference on February 9th. For more information about ExCELL, click here.


From evidence to practice: Implementing strategies for dual language learners in the preschool classroom.

Authors: Julie C. Smith, Kate Anderson, Carol Scheffner Hammer, Barbara A. Wasik

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022


4th Floor – East

This session describes specific strategies for promoting both English and home language development in preschool dual language learners (DLLs). Using examples from a preschool teacher coaching program, this session further discusses important student and teacher considerations for successfully incorporating DLL strategies into daily classroom practices. Specific topics include individualizing strategies for DLLs with diverse language abilities, tailoring practices to teachers’ different classroom roles and language proficiencies, integrating strategies and curriculum in lesson planning, and collaborating with families to facilitate language learning and communication in the classroom.


An evidence-based professional development program to promote young English learners’ language and early literacy skills.

Authors: Carol Scheffner Hammer, Barbara A. Wasik, Kate Anderson, Julie C. Smith

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022


2nd Floor – Nassau West

This session describes an evidence-based professional development (PD) program that trains preschool and kindergarten teachers to promote English learners’ language and early literacy skills in English and children’s home languages. In addition to presenting the design of the PD program, which includes on-line learning modules and remote coaching, the session shares key strategies that are targeted throughout the PD including, but not limited to, building vocabulary knowledge, using children’s home language skills to promote their English language skills, facilitating conversations to promote oral language skills, and book reading strategies. Feedback from teachers about the effectiveness of the PD be discussed.