Links and Resources for English Language Learners in Washington

The state of Washington has an ELL population of 107,307 students in the public school system. With a total enrollment of 1,051,694, ELLs make up just over 10% of the students enrolled in grades K-12. The five languages spoken by ELLs are Spanish, followed by Russian, Vietnamese, Somali, and Chinese. The following is a list of useful resources and programs … Read More

Reading Aloud to English Learners

Reading is a vital function of teaching ELLs, but reading aloud can be an enriching strategy for keeping students engaged in the components of becoming fluent in the language for many classrooms. By reading to students, instructors can stress the importance of vocabulary, reading comprehension, and foster positive progress towards fluency in the language, while making the learning experience fun … Read More

Growing Family Trend: Grandparents Raising Children

Children who are being raised not by their own biological parents, but by grandparents who have taken them in for a wide array of heartbreaking and troubling reasons, come from households as disparate and unique as the neighborhoods and ethnic groups in which they live. It’s a trend that some experts believe will only continue to rise in light of … Read More

See What Parents Have to Say About attending a Literacy Program

See What Parents Have Say About attending a Literacy Program When parents attend a meaningful literacy program, they really enjoy it. Especially when they receive books and materials and coaching on how to use the books with their children. Everything starts to change for the positive and they learn English skills in class with the teacher and with their own … Read More

Bilingual Awareness Growing Across the Country

All across the nation we are seeing the rise of dual language programs. These programs teach in both English and a second language, and they are flourishing. Teachers and educators are seeing the benefit of these programs for both English-language learners and those fluent in English. Dual language programs are showing great promise in in promoting a bi-literate awareness and … Read More

A New Framework for Hispanic Parent Programs

A New Framework for Hispanic Parent Programs Now that Parent Involvement is such a strong national focus, it is important to provide teachers with a whole new framework for Hispanic Parent Programs, if we want parents and kids to become life long readers. Harris County Department of Education formed the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, or CASE, in 1999 to mobilize … Read More

The White House Selects The Latino Family Literacy Project™ for Bright Spot in Hispanic Education

The White House announced on September 15, 2015, that The Latino Family Literacy Project™ is one of the Bright Spots in Excellence for Hispanic Education. The Project was selected because it offers a culturally relevant and bilingual approach to parent involvement for English-language learners, and promotes early learning, English-language development, home family reading routines, and college awareness. “There has been … Read More

New Jersey Focus on Parent Engagement for English Learners

New Jersey Focus on Parent Engagement for English Learners “Research indicates a strong association between parent involvement with a child’s education both at home and at school and student performance in school. Engaging parents is particularly important for English learners and students from low‐income families.  In fact, greater parent involvement is correlated with higher student test scores and better grades for … Read More

Illinois Has Surge in Spanish Speaking English Learners

Illinois Has Surge in Spanish Speaking English Learners Over the past few years, Illinois has experienced a surge in the number of English Learners enrolled in public schools. In an analysis of Illinois’ Latino Demographic by Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro, a PhD Research and Policy Analyst for the Latino Policy Forum, the state has experienced a 25% increase of English Language Learners from 2004 … Read More

See What English Learner Students Say About Their Parents

See What English Learner Students Say About Their Parents Kids have a lot to say about their parents who attend The Latino Family Literacy Project™. They LOVE reading with their parents, and they LOVE learning new words and building stronger reading skills. Parents who speak Spanish are often at a loss when it comes to with reading with their children, … Read More