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ERIC Number: EJ1280468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
From the Mouths of Experts: Relationship-Building Advice from Immigrant & Refugee Families
Kandel-Cisco, Brooke; Brooks, Katie; Bhathena, Catherine D.; Abdulahad, Howaida; Pimentel-Gannon, Maria; Fessahaie, Hilina
Multicultural Education, v27 n3-4 p45-47 Spr-Sum 2020
As the population of English language learners (ELLs) in schools increases, school leaders seek to build more culturally and linguistically sustaining school communities. Often, the first step in these efforts is to intentionally invite ELLs and their families to school-based events with the hope of involving parents in their children's formal education. School leaders might partner with teachers to organize family math nights, arrange transportation to teacher-parent conferences, or hire a translator to make the school newsletter linguistically accessible. Yet, educators frequently end up frustrated that immigrant and refugee (IR) families do not show up for these events or that these events seem to have little effect on the academic outcomes of ELLs in their schools. This article shares how teachers worked with the Natural Helpers to develop projects to help connect with, build relationships with, and learn from IR families in their schools. Projects that supported intentional collaborative family engagement included story circles, living room conversations, and multilingual story sharing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
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