Throughout the US, bilingual and Spanish-speaking families now make up a big part of communities and school. As such, they also need to feel just as validated and important in both as does the dominant majority. In terms of schooling, the Magnet Schools of America Association suggests the following specific back-to-school family and community engagement goals that should be in place at the beginning of the school year:
- Offer a variety of volunteer opportunities
- Continuously celebrate families by having special events for the whole family, a family hall of fame and a bulletin board for parents
- Survey parents and staff on a regular basis to determine school climate
- Make the campus inviting to parents from the parking lot to the school’s interior
Along with helping Hispanic ESL kids, statistics show that ESL programs for their parents are great for them too. For example, an article about an Arkansas school district, one with a large number of children from at-risk families, states that programs involving parents and children in a family literacy program can be empowering for both.
The following articles from “The Latino Family Literacy Project” can help with other family and community engagement initiatives – in particular, those that focus on engaging the families of our Hispanic students.
Image credit and excerpt from this post go to The Latino Family Literacy Project
Interested in learning how to better serve the language learners on your campus/district? Check out our Conference on Instruction for Multilingual Advancement Conference