How to use the Multilingual Learning Toolkit website

There is a lot of great information to be found in the Multilingual Learning Toolkit! To make sure you have the best experience with using the site, please take a look at the helpful tips below before getting started.

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Begin with the Starter Guide

The Starter Guide section shares the research-backed, asset-based foundational principles for practitioners to know in order to best support Multilingual Learners: children who have developed or are developing proficiency in both English and one or more languages (as defined by Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students).

Download the Multilingual
Learning Toolkit Overview

Click the buttons below for a printable PDF version of the Multilingual Learning Toolkit Overview available in both English and Spanish to reference anytime you’re offline.

Explore Instructional Strategies

The Multilingual Learning Toolkit features 11 Instructional Strategies—the essential elements of what teachers and administrators need to know to best serve Multilingual Learners. They are structured into key questions that an educator may have, along with evidence-based strategies and resources that are free and easy to use.

Discover and Implement Resources

Our resource library includes videos, handouts, vignettes, and more from partner organizations, maximizing the work from the 2018 California state investment in Dual Language Learner (DLL) Professional Development.

Check out the User Guides

Excited to explore, but unsure where to begin? The User Guides are designed to support teachers, administrators and professional development (PD) providers, and teacher education faculty to find a helpful place to start using the Multilingual Learning Toolkit! The guides offer a reflection tool to support educators to identify priorities for their own learning, plus activities and protocols for exploring the resources in the site.

Scavenger Hunt

Are you planning professional development to introduce the Multilingual Learning Toolkit, or looking for a fun way to explore the website yourself? Check out our scavenger hunt activity organized by grade-level! These activity sheets are filled with prompts to guide participants on a tour of the website, and jumpstart opportunities to collect research-based information and resources about Multilingual Learners

PreK-TK Scavenger Hunt
K-1 Scavenger Hunt
2-3 Scavenger Hunt

Great Tips

Strategies are Interrelated

Individual strategies across the different instructional topics are interrelated and should be implemented together, in a purposeful and connected manner throughout instruction, and not in isolation. Make sure to also consider your classroom or school’s language model when implementing the strategies and adapt accordingly.

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Starter Guide Tips - Bilingual Learner - Multilingual Learning Toolkit


If you have any questions, we recommend you check out our FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions about the Toolkit. If you have any comments or suggestions on how to improve our site, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!