Ana Colburn, Jennifer Drake, Gail Harper Yeilding, Sarah Hicks, and Julie Paul Dr. Kristi Shaw-Saleh EESL 610
Understanding different kinds of parent participation Parents may not fall into one category specifically or stay in one category for the duration of the year. Our project proposes ideas to encourage, educate, and empower parents.http://www.mc3edsupport.org/community/knowledgebases/parental-involvement-what-does-it-really-mean-295.html
Parental involvement is crucial to ALL students Important to reach out specifically to ELL parents as they will experience more distance because of the language barrier We will address the issues and provide ideas to increase parental involvement.
• ELLs received homework assistance for content classes during ESL classes because the ESL teacher knew that it was unlikely that students would receive help from their parent(s) at home.• ESL teacher was expected to have greater insight into lives of students. Non-ESL teacher claimed that none of the ESL students’ parents returned any of the forms that she sent home with them. Non-ESL colleagues continuously asked ESL teacher why parents were not enforcing the students’ completion of homework assignment. Some ESL teachers are bilingual and this is helpful but not necessary.
Rationale: Parental involvement increases student performance Helps parents be more comfortable and visible in the community (creates a positive image of ESL parents). Creates an intercultural orientation for the school Increases interaction among different cultural groups Provide opportunities for exchange of language in a respectful environment Intention: To find out what is most effective in motivating each community, school, and family.
Group & Individual Q&A sessions (at request of teachers AND parents) Extracurricular activities Teach a mini-lesson about their language Diversity days Language partner program Home projects Design projects that require students to work with their parents and learn about their culture Encourage students to re-teach what they learned to their parents.