A Guide for Engaging ELL Families: Twenty Strategies for School Leaders

By Lydia Breiseth, Kristen Robertson, Susan Lafond
July 16, 2017

This guide, developed by Colorín Colorado, an organization that supports English language learner (ELL) educators and students, shares useful strategies schools can employ to engage bilingual students and their families. The guide includes six sections:

  • Connection with ELL families
  • Communicating Important Information
  • Parent Participation
  • Parents as Leaders
  • Community Partnerships
  • Creating a Plan

Each section offers “need to knows”, a list of strategies to employ, and prompts to reflect on school culture.

As school’s become more diverse, being able to engage, motivate, and understand all students and their families is an essential part of attaining equity in education. This guide will support ELL’s success in any school and can serve as a starting point for school leaders looking to involve families and increase student engagement.

Source Organization: Colorin Colorado

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