Tag Archives: family engagement

Roots and Culture: Celebrating Haitian Heritage Month

Ayanna Cooper
Ayanna Cooper

May marks the 24th year that Haitian heritage month has been celebrated in the United States. Having started in Boston, Massachusetts USA, this month of celebration has been picked up by other U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Miami, and New York. … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Supporting New Multilingual Students and Families

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

Over the last fortnight, I spoke with several immigrant families with school-aged children who narrated to me their stories of migration and starting a new life in a different country. As they reflected on their experiences of starting a new … Continue reading

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4 More Ways to Support the Families of Multilingual Learners When School Opens

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

There are many reasons why families may not come to school for school programs and conferences about their children. As I discussed in my August 2021 blog, “5 Ways to Support the Families of Multilingual Learners as School Opens,” families … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Support the Families of Multilingual Learners When School Opens

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

As schools reopen around the United States, teachers and administrators need to consider how to how to support the families of multilingual learners (MLLs) with information for them in their home language. (I prefer to use the term families rather … Continue reading

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4 Pathways to a Culturally Responsive Virtual Classroom

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Culturally responsive teaching (CRT) is grounded in the idea that educators teach to students’ unique cultural strengths.  A well-known author in the field of culturally responsive teaching, Zaretta Hammond,  has provided professional development based on her book,  Culturally Responsive Teaching … Continue reading

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EL Families and School Communities: The Importance of Effective Communication

Ayanna Cooper
Ayanna Cooper

Now more than ever, school communities are working toward strengthening their ability to communicate with the families of the students they serve. For families of English learners (ELs), this communication is especially important and must be two-way. Regardless of the … Continue reading

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Supporting Families of ELs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Educators of English learners (ELs) are teaching remotely all over the globe. Many educators reported on a 20 April #ellchat entitled “Engaging & Supporting Families of ELLs during COVID-19 Pandemic” that their success is dependent on the partnerships they make with … Continue reading

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Literacy Partnerships for Families of ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I’d like you to meet guest blogger, Kathy Perret, who is an educational consultant for Northwest AEA in Sioux City, Iowa. Her areas of interest include literacy, ESL, instructional coaching, and teacher leadership. I met Kathy on Twitter and her … Continue reading

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