Improving Equity and Student Outcomes

Improving equity and student outcomes has become a big focal point of discussion across the country. Equity is the focus on ensuring that everyone receives what they need to be successful – even if it means being unequal across socioeconomic lines. According to the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), equity’s primary concern is “creating school cultures that recognize and … Read More

Strategies for Enhancing Parent Engagement with English Learners

Parent engagement is a critical factor in the academic success of students, particularly for Spanish-speaking English Learners (ELs). Engaging EL families in the educational process not only bolsters language acquisition but also enriches their entire educational experience. Here are tailored approaches to leverage parent and family engagement effectively: Enhanced Academic Performance: When Spanish-speaking families actively support their children’s education, students … Read More

An Asset-Based Approach for Parent Engagement

In today’s education landscape, the importance of fostering strong relationships between schools and families cannot be overstated. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is through an asset-based approach to parent engagement in schools. This method highlights and leverages parents’ strengths, skills, and capacities to support their children’s academic and social growth. By incorporating this approach, schools can … Read More

University Research Shows Impact for Latino Family Literacy Project

Cohort 5 for The Latino Family Literacy Project at Carrollton-Farmers Branch and UNT

After a five-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and in collaboration with the University of North Texas (UNT), The Latino Family Literacy Project learned from university-led evaluations and research that the program had a substantial, very effective, and lasting impact on the 150 English-learner families who were part of the initiative. “Project Success” was a DOE … Read More

Title III and Family Engagement with English Learners

Title III of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was put in place to ensure that English Language Learners (ELLs) can attain proficiency in English and achieve academic achievement via family engagement. Title III was also enforced to help teachers, administrators, and other school leaders develop and enhance their ability to provide instructional programs that are effective and beneficial for … Read More

Family Partnerships to Support Student Achievement

Family engagement plays an essential role in education and student achievement.  In fact, parental and family engagement has been an integral component in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  The ESEA explicitly outlines how schools and families should work in tandem to boost the academic success of English Learner (EL) students.  Research demonstrates that partnerships between … Read More

Winner for Promising Practices

The Latino Family Literacy Project is a winner for Promising Practices at the 2021 Texas Statewide Parent & Family Engagement Conference. Our program success begins with an online training for school staff to implement a practical step-by-step curriculum for parent and family engagement. After 20 years of success throughout the United States, we know that parents want to develop new … Read More

Evidence-based Outcomes in Parent Engagement

Evidence-based outcomes in Parent Engagement are important to demonstrate the impact that programs have on parents and students for academic support. Our program outcomes are compiled and updated each year. Trained providers submit their evaluations based on feedback and surveys from parents who attend The Latino Family Literacy Project meetings at their school. Here are four recommended steps to consider … Read More

Authentic Parent & Family Engagement

The pandemic has taught us that authentic Parent and Family Engagement is definitely not a once size fits all approach. Especially if parents lack resources, or time, or formal schooling in their first language, or if they are English learners. And the list can go on. Today in our schools we aim to include parents in the process of educating … Read More

Pandemic Funding for English Learners

As we reopen schools, teachers and administrators can rely on the pandemic funding for English Learners for program support and teacher training. Teachers can only adapt to the new normal if they have the training to do so. And that training must focus on the specific educational needs of EL students and their families. The American Rescue Plan (ARP), passed … Read More