September 2023

A P-3 Framework: Centering English Learners

This document presents a P–3 framework that centers English learners/dual language learners (EL/DLLs) across the crucial developmental phase, ages 3-8. The framework focuses on building aligned practices for EL/DLL success for language, literacy, learning, and identity, with a focus on supporting deep, joyful learning and development. It articulates a set of pedagogical and system-design principles that derive from the knowledge base on effective practices for EL/DLLs, culturally and linguistically sustaining approaches, research on dual language development, and experiences building systems that appropriately serve immigrant and dual language communities and enable effective practices to be implemented.

The Framework and its accompanying tool can be used at both state and local education agency levels to leverage and serve the assets and needs of English Learners within P-3 initiatives

Author(s): Laurie Olsen, Ph.D. Organization: SEAL
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