What is Integrated Multi-Language Learner (I-MLL)?
I-MLL is an evidence-based and scalable professional development system that early childhood programs can use to support the development of children who are learning English while also continuing to develop their home and other languages. This innovative system can be implemented with early childhood programs that support infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (Birth to age 5). Our professional development programs for teachers consist of ongoing and sustained training, coaching, and on-line resources.
I-MLL is composed of research-based teaching strategies that support the best learning outcomes for the integral development of children in collaboration with their families. These strategies are compiled into three categories:
WHO IS I-MLL FOR?
I-MLL is for early childhood programs that need a teacher professional development system to support the learning and development of 0-5-year-old dual language learners! More specifically, Early Childhood Schools, Head Start, Early Head Start, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), School Districts, and other quality improvement initiatives.
This system can be implemented in classrooms who provide instruction in English with home language support, home language, or dual-immersion bilingual programs.
WHAT WILL MY PROGRAM GAIN THROUGH I-MLL?
Participants of I-MLL trainings will learn, plan, and practice evidence-based strategies to support the learning and development of MLLs. Participants who go through I-MLL coaching will receive on-going support as they implement these strategies into their classrooms.
THROUGH THIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS WILL...
Deepen their understanding of how DLLs/ELLs develop
Set intentional goals to improve their day-to-day interactions with DLLs/ELLs
Implement Instructional Strategies that support the development of DLLs/ELLs
Collaborate more effectively with families of DLLs/ELLs