Engaging families of English Language Learners

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2. Why are such efforts important? What strategies and activities have teachers found to be successful in their classrooms and schools? What issues and challenges must teachers keep in mind? 3. THE IMPORTANCE OF INVOLVING FAMILIES Students do better in school when teachers and parents are on the same page about whats happening in the classroom, whats expected on tests, and whats needed to support each students learning. 4. THE IMPORTANCE OF INVOLVING FAMILIES Dearing, Kreider, Simpkins, and Weiss (2006) found a predictive relationship between high levels of parental involvement and the childrens eventual literacy performance. 5. SUCCESSFUL WAYS TO INVOLVE FAMILIES OF ELL COMMUNICATING WITH FAMILIES Communicate to the families that their involvement is valued. 6. SUCCESSFUL WAYS TO INVOLVE FAMILIES OF ELL INVOLVING FAMILIES IN THE CLASSROOM Provide a variety of ways to encourage participation beyond the traditional activities. 7. SUCCESSFUL WAYS TO INVOLVE FAMILIES OF ELL INCREASING HELP AT HOME Figure out ways to help families become involved in supporting students academic work at home. 8. SUCCESSFUL WAYS TO INVOLVE FAMILIES OF ELL ENGAGING FAMILIES IN WORKSHOP AND OTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Engaging families in this way is a means of building trust and developing effective relationships. 9. SUCCESSFUL WAYS TO INVOLVE FAMILIES OF ELL VISITING IN STUDENTS HOMES Visiting students way is an effective way of knowing the families better than a brief encounters in school. 10. CHALLENGES INVOLVING FAMILIES TIME TRANSPORTATION FUNDS TRANSLATORS Despite all of the challenges, the benefits of students success require that we make an effort to engage family, even if modest to begin with. 11. REFERENCE McIntyre E., et.al. (2009). 6 Principles for Teaching English Language Learners in All Classroom. Corein Press: London, United Kingdom.