Cicero Public School District implemented The Latino Family Literacy Project in 15 of their Elementary Schools with great success. This video is demonstration of their Parent Involvement with English Learners was like and how fantastic it was for parents, children, teachers and administrators.
After school programs providing literacy activities offer English Language Learners (ELLs) much needed support academically, culturally and socially, says the After School Alliance organization in the article “English Language Learners: Becoming Fluent in Afterschool,” about after school programs for ELLs.
Summer learning and after school programs improve both social development and academic achievement of ELL youth, states the article “Serving English Language Learners Afterschool.”
However, with schools and districts lacking the necessary staff and funding to assist them, the majority lag behind their peers on standardized tests. But with the additional support and time received in a high-quality after school program, these students often benefit tremendously in learning English and many times the academic content being taught in schools, too, the article says.
After school programs are generally most successful when they offer these components: homework support, including motivational strategies and specific study skills, staff members who share the same cultural and linguistic backgrounds as the students, and creative ways to include parents and other family members in the program, states the article “Supporting English Language Learners: In-School, Afterschool and Summer.”
According to the bulk of the research, for Latino English language learners, one of the best before and after school programs that does include parents is an award-winning parental involvement program offered by The Latino Family Literacy Project. The program offers a variety of age-specific literacy programs that assists families in developing reading routines with their kids, build overall English language skills and establish a closer connection to schools.
Participants complete a set period of sessions containing a comprehensive family literacy curriculum that introduces them to grammar and structure and conversation, verb conjugation and new vocabulary. Teachers can attend a one-day, program training at a workshop near them or via an online webinar. For more information, please contact The Project!