Biliteracy for our Bilingual Homes

Biliteracy is a person’s ability to proficiently read and write in two languages.  Statistics show that many of the students currently enrolled in our educational system live in biliterate homes.  Typically, the parents speak Spanish or another foreign language, while the kids speak English, as they are learning English at school.  Additionally, with the growing popularity of bilingual and dual language … Read More

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Honoring the Families’ Knowledge Base for Family Engagement

Family engagement is very important to the academic, social, and emotional development of children.  However, creating meaningful links between home and school can be complex and difficult to achieve, especially with English Learners (ELs). Teachers and school districts must honor their EL families’ knowledge base for family engagement, if they want to encourage a more meaningful relationship.  By honoring and … Read More

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A Fun Way to Break the Ice with Parents at School

Children are not the only ones weary about going to school and new situations. Parents oftentimes are apprehensive of going to their children’s school and meeting with staff and teachers. This can be even more stressful for parents of English Language Learners (ELLs), as they too are either ELLs or non-English speakers themselves. As teachers, we know that parental involvement is so … Read More

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5 Ways Poverty Impacts Learning

The poverty rate in the United States was a staggering 12.7% in 2016. That translates to a total of 40.6 million people living in poverty in the United States. The Federal government set the poverty threshold to approximately $24,000.00 for a family of four. With that being said, 21.2% of all children in the United States are living in poverty, which … Read More

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When We Talk About ELLs, We are Talking About the Entire Family

When We Talk About ELLs We are Talking About the Entire Family English Language Learners (ELLs) are the fastest growing population in the U.S. public education system.  According to the National Education Association,  there are about 10 million ELLs enrolled in U.S.  public schools. By 2025, it is estimated that one out of every four students in U.S. public schools … Read More

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The Benefits of Online Teacher Training

Professional Development is crucial in the academic world.  It is one of the most effective approaches that school districts can invest in to make sure that their teachers have access to the most up-to-date information and techniques for providing quality instruction to their students.  Professional Development is essential to ensure that teachers have adequate knowledge regarding the various cultures and … Read More

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Family Reading Circles and the Home-School Connection

Reading Circles became popular in the school setting during the 1980s.  They started out as student-led discussion groups that functioned similarly to book clubs and served a significant role in the improvement of literacy and language skills.  Fast-forward to today, and the traditional Reading Circle has taken on a new life.  Reading Circles are now known as Family Reading Circles … Read More

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Back to School Staff Training: Family Engagement with ELLs

Family engagement is one of the most important factors in the pursuit of academic success. That is why it is essential for school staff and teachers to be prepared for working with English Language Learners (ELLs) so that they can better address and encourage family engagement among their ELL students and their families. The Latino Family Literacy Project offers workshops … Read More

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3 Steps to LCAP Training for Parents as Leaders

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a section in the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in the state of California. The LCAP is a three-year, district-level plan that describes specific goals and actions that school districts will take in order to achieve set goals. The LCAP requires that all school districts address the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) … Read More

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Teaching Social & Emotional Language to Young Kids

Social and emotional language is important to the health, development, and learning skills of young kids. Children that are happier and know how to express themselves tend to participate in class and have higher academic abilities than their peers (Hyson 2004; Kostelnik et al. 2015). Teachers can promote social and emotional well-being in their students by teaching them the proper language … Read More

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