Connect with Parents of Latino ELLs through Organized Meetings

 Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language LearnersIn today’s post, we’ve pulled out a resource that can support your work with English language learners from the very start of the 2013-2014 school year. Whether your focus is on strengthening relationships or designing effective differentiated instruction, the below tool can help lay the groundwork by connecting school and home.

In Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners, advocates for Latino achievement David Campos, Rocio Delgado, and Mary Esther Soto Huerta emphasize just how important an information source students’ families are. After all, families influence students’ academic performance and have an intimate understanding of their kids’ hopes, interests, strengths, and weaknesses.

The book presents countless insights and resources that help educators break down linguistic and cultural barriers to engage Latino parents in student learning. Figure 2.1, below, presents a three-stage model for ongoing meetings that connect student families with the school.

“Although meetings at each stage are organized and structured, the content should be open-ended and determined by parents,” advise Campos, Delgado, and Soto Huerta.

Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners figure 2.1

The book is currently as available as paperback and e-book and you can find sample chapters and a study guide on ASCD.org.

What community or family engagement strategy have you found to be particularly effective in supporting English language learners in your school? Tell us in the comments section.

Katie Test is a public relations and social media professional on the ASCD Communications team. Katie works on ASCD’s social media accounts, as well as doing media relations on behalf of the associations programs, products and services. Prior to joining the communications team at ASCD, she worked for D.C. Public Schools, Durham Public Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools as a communications staffer.