Engaging with Families of Language Learners: Integrating Language and Family Engagement
Language learners are the fastest growing student population in U.S. schools, and the success of these students is measured by gains in academic achievement and English language proficiency. However, families are often left in the dark when it comes to their children’s English language learning and development. This session highlights the critical need to ensure families have equitable access to meaningful information about the language standards and assessments driving curriculum and instruction for language learners in K-12 schools. Through the use of guiding questions, this interactive session will provide ample opportunities for participants to reflect on local family engagement policies and practices, identify areas of strengths and opportunities for growth in engaging families of language learners, and share ideas for ensuring families have equitable access to meaningful information about language standards and assessments.
This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
Long Beach, CA
Lorena Mancilla is the lead developer and researcher of family engagement initiatives at WIDA. Lorena has over ten years of experience in the field of EL education and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research focuses on how Latino families engage in language learning.