Language Development and Communication Trainer Modules


Professional development (PD) modules linked on this page were designed to be delivered in a face-to-face professional development learning community and facilitated by a designated trainer. Designed according to research-based practices for effective PD, the modules each contain: a pre-learning assignment, PowerPoint slides, a script, video clips, handouts, supporting materials, and a post-learning activity. These materials can be used in different ways to support the PD that you provide in your district. 

The Effective Teacher Practices Supporting the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development is a series of training modules that promote the use of the revised North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development. In these modules, the multi-tiered instructional practices for language development and communication have been linked with the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development as well as NC Professional Teaching Standards. The connection between the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development and the NC Standard Course of Study for kindergarten (Common Core State Standards and NC Essential Standards) are emphasized in each module.

The instructional practices for language and literacy learning are organized using the Preschool Pyramid Model.  An overview of the principles that support language development and communication is included.  Tier I modules support instruction which consists of universal practices that are needed to support ALL children’s language development.  Tier II instructional practices are designed to prevent developmental problems for SOME children who need extra support. Tier III practices provide intervention to young children who experience persistent language and communication problems.

You will find module-specific Instructional Practice Checklists and iPoints posted with each of the modules. For complete sets of Instructional Practice Checklists (Modules 2-4) and iPoints (Modules 2-4), please see below:

Support materials for all modules can be found here:


Overview  |  Tier I  |  Tier II  |  Tier III