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Brief Encourages Involvement of Parents of ELL Students

A new policy brief emphasizes the importance of school-based efforts targeted at increasing parent involvement in improving the education of English Language Learner students.

The brief by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder makes a number of best practices recommendations for school districts and individual schools.

The recommendations include:

- Provide home-school coordinators who are fluent in the child’s language and translators at key parent meetings.

- Incorporate community cultural events and celebrations.

- Print bilingual newsletters.

- Provide parents with avenues to learn English.

- Include families in school governance

- Encourage parents’ reading and writing with their children.

- Collaborate with community organizations.

In addition, the report recommends that states provide training to ELL teachers that builds on students’ culture, prioritizes funding for ELL students and ensuring that no financial inequalities exist in support for such students.