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

alex perez5 Ways Poverty Impacts Learning

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

alex perezWhen We Talk About ELLs, We are Talking About the Entire Family

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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A Checklist for Family Engagement with English Learners

Activities Does the program offering bring parents together at the school level? Does the offering include parents who speak languages other than English? Are parents able to speak, read, and write in their own language? Do parents relate and care deeply about the subject matter? Home School Connection Are the program activities easy to navigate? Does the program offer a … Read More

alex perezA Checklist for Family Engagement with English Learners

Family Engagement Requirements for Schools

Family engagement is a crucial aspect of the educational institution and academic success. For that reason, educators and school administrators stress the benefits of schools, families, and the community working together to benefit their districts’ students. When families are engaged in their children’s educational endeavors, they are helping to create a community that is conducive to learning. The U.S. Department of Education … Read More

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An Overview of the ELA Standards Grade K-3

English Language Arts & Literacy Standards are part of the Common Core in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. These standards were created to prepare students for success in academics, careers, and life by the time they graduate from high school. ELA standards range from K-12 grades, but this article presents ELA standards from grades K-3, which define what students should … Read More

alex perezAn Overview of the ELA Standards Grade K-3