How to reach out to Hispanic Parents can seem daunting if you don’t have strong relationships already with Spanish-speaking parents. The Latino Family Literacy Project™ can help teachers to understand the ins-and-outs of working with Hispanic parents at their school. But to start reaching out right away, here are three simple suggestions for teachers to consider:
1- Some parents may not be aware of the opportunities available to them at their child’s school or in their local community. Every school can start by compiling a list of programs and resources available to English Learner parents.
2- Host a resource night at your school so parents can sign up for upcoming programs or workshops available to them. Make sure the speaker for the venue speaks Spanish so that he/she can speak directly with parents, without an interpreter.
3- Have a conversation with parents to find out what are the topics they would like to see addressed at the school, or where are workshops, ESL classes or Family Literacy Programs in their area. Once the school knows what is important to the Hispanic Parents at their school, they can begin to provide a series of workshops that parents will enjoy attending.
If you would like a list of research-based resources to help you or your staff can effectively reach out to Hispanic parents, please contact The Latino Family Literacy Project™.