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: District

  • District leaders follow a clear process for identifying parents and guardians who need interpretation and translation services and ensure communication is provided accordingly (e.g., essential educational documents are translated, interpreters are available at key meetings).

  • The district improvement plan and other district plans communicate urgency around building relationships with families of ELs and reflect a commitment to partnering with families of ELs (e.g., the vision for ELs is specific about supports and opportunities for families, support for dual capacity buildings).

  • District leaders and school committees effectively engage families, encouraging their contributions to decision-making involving their children's education and their participation in school/district activities (e.g., English Learner Parent Advisory Council, curriculum nights, parent-teacher conferences) by ensuring ongoing collaboration and providing them with resources in English and their preferred language.

Last Updated: June 2, 2020

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