English Learner Education

Blueprint for English Learner Success

Pillar 1: School Culture

From the Vision: English learners in Massachusetts attend schools in which all educators share responsibility for their success, engage effectively with their families, and value and nurture their linguistic and cultural assets.

Building Block 2: Effective family engagement

Level: Classroom

  • Educators use culturally responsive practices and strategies to engage in two-way communication with families of ELs (e.g., providing interpreters/translators for parent-teacher conferences, promoting participation of EL family organizations such as English Learner Parent Advisory Councils, empowering families of ELs to communicate in the language of their choice and using their preferred method of communication).

  • Educators regularly invite families of ELs to participate in their children's education in an intentional, systematic and sustained manner, while demonstrating respect for different home languages, cultures, and values.

  • Educators engage in ongoing conversations with families of ELs about grade-level standards and their children's learning throughout the year and work together to identify strategies for supporting learning in and out of school, including appropriate supports for ELs.

Last Updated: June 2, 2020

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