Families: The Essential Part of School Success


We all know that a strong school/home connection is important for student’s success.  Read more about this issue in How Parents Widen—or Shrink—Academic Gaps at  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/04/19/how-parents-widen–or-shrink–academic-gaps.html?cmp=eml-eb-popweek+04282017&M=57967721&U=1982644

Another piece of data from the publication states this:

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Find a great excerpt here in the blow infographic:



Babies remember their birth language – scientists


Tell parents to use their heritage language with their babies right from birth and thereafter. Read more here:  http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38653906

Parent Information: Why You Shouldn’t Stop Speaking Spanish at Home


Please share with your immigrant communities:  http://educationpost.org/why-you-shouldnt-stop-speaking-spanish-at-home-for-your-child-to-succeed/

Closing the Gap to Immigrant Families: Multilingual Texting


Great news for schools:  Multilingual Texting Platform Aims to Help Schools Engage All Families at http://www.educationworld.com/a_news/multilingual-texting-platform-aims-help-schools-engage-all-families-199643596

Advise For Multilingual Families


Read “PARENTS AND TEACHERS OF BILINGUAL KIDS, MAKE BOOKS AND READING YOUR HIGHEST PRIORITY!” at http://blog.languagelizard.com/2016/05/18/parents-and-teachers-of-bilingual-kids-make-books-and-reading-your-highest-priority/

Family Training: Teaching Consent


Consider parent training nights addressing important topics.  One example is the issue of consent.  Find a great resource here in “Survivor Mom: Teaching Consent” at https://medium.com/@lizandrade/survivor-mom-teaching-consent-16888274edf1#.kmdylui77

Excerpt, check all others:


Parent Connection Newsletter


With several articles and resources for educators.  Don’t miss reading Language Castle Connection to set some fresh ideas and parent letters for your school.  http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f4864dd45a381a908b8f2c059&id=d3db73814f&e=973a457cde

Directly from the Newsletter:

 “How Can Educators Best Connect with Parents of ELLs?” Larry Ferlazzo posted answers on his EdWeek blog from Karen Nemeth, Rusul Alrubail, Anna Bartosik, Jordan Lanfair, Anabel, Gonzalez, and Judie Haynes. 

 The Ready Rosie website featured an article about leveraging the power of video to support diverse family engagement by Karen Nemeth. 

 Tips for “Engaging Parents of English-Language Learners” was covered by Edutopia,

  Examples of effective strategies from school districts via District Administration
 “A Close Look at Literacy Practices in Low-Income Latino Homes” from EdCentral’s Isabella Sanchez. But – this article in The Atlantic highlights child vocabulary as a public health issue – and doesn’t say a thing about different languages! 

 Research about the benefits of parent engagement initiatives: One project funded by the NIH, then a brief summarizing similar research from Child Care and Early Education Research Connections,

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