Program author Dr. Holly Craig describes why she developed ToggleTalk.
Today’s standards require a command of Academic Classroom English in speaking, reading, writing and listening. Teachers need instructional supports and a linguistic understanding in order to help young Standard English Learners become bi-dialectally fluent. Most convey a correctionist approach to linguistic diversity, which doesn’t work academically, and is culturally invalidating and disengaging to young students.
Federally* funded, and by leading child language researchers, ToggleTalk is the first evidence-based Contrastive Analysis resource created specifically for kindergarten and first grade teachers. ToggleTalk’s innovative preventative approach teaches children to make situationally-appropriate language choices, 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.