Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Preparing Personnel to Meet the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

Topic editor: Betsy Ayankoya

Position Statements, Papers and Reports

WWW: The State of Teacher Diversity in American Education (2015)

The Albert Shanker Institute, endowed by the American Federation of Teachers, is working to better understand teacher labor market trends and identify promising interventions aimed at increased teacher diversity in K-12 education. This report examines teacher diversity in 9 cities: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. and provides policy recommendations.

PDF: Meeting the Early Learning Challenge: Supporting English Language Learners (2011)

This report is provided by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).

PDF: Where we stand on responding to linguistic and cultural diversity (2009)

PDF: Responding to Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Recommendations for Effective Early Childhood Education (1995)

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) position papers

WWW: Diversity and Equity

Topic Briefs located on the WWW: Build Initiative website include resources on the following topics:

  1. developing early childhood systems and early learning standards for a multi-ethnic society;
  2. strategies for maintaining workforce diversity while raising teacher qualifications;
  3. race, language and ethnicity as an indicator of quality; and
  4. building cultural and linguistic competence in early childhood workforce.

WWW: Building Culturally and Linguistically Competent services to support young children, their families and school readiness (2004)

The tool kit from the Annie E. Casey Foundation defines cultural and linguistic competence and its priority for communities with attention to: Diversity and the cultural context of the family and community; Understanding the impact of culture on child development; Planning and implementing culturally and linguistically competent services; Implications for early childhood services and school readiness; and Strategies for preparing personnel and implementing culturally and linguistically competent services and supports.

WWW: Responsiveness to All Children, Families, and Professionals: Integrating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity into Policy and Practice (2010)

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) position statement on culturally and linguistically responsive practices

Training and Technical Assistance Resources

WWW: Crosswalks: Outreach to Infuse Diversity in Preservice Education

Materials include: toolbox, care packages containing resources and presentations to support early childhood and early intervention faculty and preservice programs.

WWW: Early Childhood Research Institute on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)

CLAS, previously funded by OSEP continues to provide culturally appropriate materials.

WWW: Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training (MECTT)

MECTT is a project previously funded by OSEP designed to prepare parent and professional teams to improve services to diverse families of young children with special needs by infusing cultural competence in early childhood programs.

WWW: Walking the Walk

This website features downloadable early childhood/early intervention training materials and resources for addressing culturally and linguistic diversity.

WWW: National Center for Cultural Competence

This site features online curricula offering information on knowledge, skills and awareness related to cultural competence; provide instructional and self-discovery strategies; guidance on how to incorporate cultural and linguistic competence into ones work; and offers materials, articles and other publications.

WWW: Head Start National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

Provides culturally responsive, user-friendly materials and training for staff and families to use to promote strong language and literacy skills in children's home language and in English.

Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Personnel

WWW: Increasing Racial Diversity in the Teacher Workforce: One University’s Approach (2015)

An article from the National Education Association that explores how the University of Maryland is addressing the diversity gap and creating a more equitable school.

WWW: Early Childhood Education Personnel Pipeline and Retention in Nevada (2017)

This report highlights the challenges in attracting and retaining early childhood education professionals in Nevada and makes suggestions for addressing these challenges.

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