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Parent Engagement Strategies for English Language Learners

Posted on 04/29/2016

In the March 16, 2016 article External link opens in new window or tab, Meriwynn Mansori, Manager of Curriculum at VIF International Education, states that research shows External link opens in new window or tab that parental engagement pays off for all students. Regardless of family income or background, students with engaged parents are more likely to:

  • Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs.
  • Be promoted, pass their classes and earn credits. Attend school regularly.
  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school.
  • Graduate and go on to postsecondary education.

Mansori goes on to explain that in some U.S. states, one in four students is an English language learner External link opens in new window or tab. This statistic reminds us how critical it is to redouble efforts to ensure the success of all our students and to think creatively about ways to collaborate with all parents. Research indicates that when parents of English language learners have more say in their child’s education, student outcomes improve.

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For educators, engagement with parents of English language learners may look different than it does in traditional classroom settings because of perceptions around language and cultural differences. English as a second language (ESL) teachers must embrace opportunities to create inviting environments that allow parents to participate in their children’s education in diverse ways. In the words of one ESL teacher, “It’s not just about fundraising and showing up to parent nights.”

Read the article to learn more about the four suggestions for inviting collaboration and engagement with the families of English language learners.

  1. Adopt a growth mindset
  2. Honor cultural differences
  3. Don’t fret over language differences
  4. Be creative about logistics

Source: Mansori' LinkedIn Blog, originally posted in Getting Smart blog post - https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/four-parent-engagement-strategies-english-language-learners-mansori External link opens in new window or tab