Program author Dr. Holly Craig describes why she developed ToggleTalk.
Mainstream American English (MAE) is the most represented dialect in US English orthography. Teachers need linguistically appreciative understandings and supports in order to help non-Mainstream English (NMAE) speakers achieve literacy success. Many teachers still use a correctionist approach to linguistic diversity, which doesn’t work academically and is culturally invalidating.
Federally* funded, and developed by leading child language researchers, ToggleTalk is an evidence-based Contrastive Analysis resource created specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Teachers and children discuss language variation in engaging multi-cultural lessons that interweave with the core curriculum.
*Funding for this work was provided by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305A100284 to the Regents of the University of Michigan. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not present views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.