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: School

  • School administrators partner with families, staff and community partners to develop culturally responsive strategies that remove cultural, linguistic and other barriers to engagement with families of ELs. (e.g., provision of translation/interpretation services, racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic biases).

  • School administrators support family-school partnerships by providing resources to educators and families to ensure that families of ELs feel welcome, interact as equal partners and contribute their cultures to the life of the school.

  • School administrators hold themselves and staff accountable for using asset-based approaches to regularly engage with families of ELs about their children's academic and linguistic progress.

Last Updated: June 2, 2020

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