Social-emotional health and development

2A) Build relationships

Engage individually with Multilingual Learner (ML) children in a warm and inclusive way. Take time to build trust, respect, and strong relationships with children and families of ML children.

Newcomer Toolkit: Social-Emotional Needs

This is one chapter from the U.S. Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit. This chapter focuses on meeting the social-emotional needs of newcomer Multilingual Learners.
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Educator Toolkit: My Name, My Identity- Creating an Inclusive and Respectful School Community

This digital book supports the socio-emotional learning of students by introducing example lesson plans that center on Multilingual Learners' identity. The resource includes videos, book lists, lesson plans, and many extension activities and further resources to help teachers build a healthy, asset-based community in the classroom.
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Newcomer Toolkit: Social Emotional Needs

This is one chapter from the U.S. Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit. This chapter focuses on meeting the socio-emotional needs of newcomer Multilingual Learners.
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Website Article: Advocacy Tools-Implementing the English Learner Roadmap and Affirming the Rights of English Learners

There are three bilingual, downloadable guides in this article that help inform families and other community members about California’s English Learner Roadmap. These bilingual resources offer explanations and advice on how to best advocate for Multilingual Learners.
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Website Article: Developing Empathy to Build Warm, Inclusive Classrooms

This resource provides a list of eight strategies to engage with Multilingual Learners in a warm and inclusive way. This resource also provides a link to a more comprehensive article, “Culturally Responsive Strategies to Support Young Children with Challenging Behavior."
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Newcomer Toolkit: Welcoming Newcomers

This is one chapter from the U.S. Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit. This chapter focuses on how teachers can welcome both newcomer Multilingual Learners and their families into a school community.
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Website: Support for Immigrant and Refugee Students

This website offers multiple downloadable guides to support the well-being, rights, and education of immigrant and refugee students in California.
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Checklist: Diversity of Experiences

This simple checklist helps teachers identify the diversity across a classroom of learners. Reflecting and gathering information about family and student backgrounds helps build relationships and trust.
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Strategy Overview: My Name

Nothing is closer to a Multilingual Learner's identity than their name. This resource offers culturally relevant examples of how to engage in meaningful activities with children about their names.
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Video: Persona Dolls

In this video, educators discuss how they use persona dolls in classrooms with Multilingual Learners. Persona dolls provide children with the opportunity to build their relationship skills and participate meaningfully in social interactions.
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Video: Home-School Connection and Projects

Opportunities for curriculum-based learning at home help build relationships with families and support language development for Multilingual Learners. This video showcases an example of a home-school project presentation in a preschool classroom where educators provide high-quality extended talk in multiple languages and provide hands-on, inquiry-based experiences.
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Video: Affirming Language, Culture & Identity

This video shares asset-based strategies for teachers to engage with families, develop the socio-emotional health of children, and set up a classroom environment to support Multilingual Learners. This resource focuses on preschool but the content applies to all grade bands. Examples come from dual language classrooms.
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