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Parents of English language learners, like all parents, want the very best for their children, but they may feel apprehensive about getting involved at school because of limited English skills or lack of familiarity with American culture and the American public school system. The articles below provide information on how you can reach out to the parents of your ELLs and encourage them to become involved in their children's learning, both at school and at home. See Reaching Out to Hispanic Students and Families for more information.

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Making Your First ELL Home Visit: A Guide for Classroom Teachers

Student and Family Engagement: The Missing Piece of the Education Reform Puzzle

Lessons Learned from Immigrant Families

Parent Tips: Help Your Child Have a Good School Year

Reconocimiento a los Maestros: Ideas para actividades

How can you express appreciation for a teacher who has educated and inspired your child? Here the National PTA offers ideas, in Spanish, for parents, students, and schools to say a meaningful "thank you."

Working with Community Organizations to Support ELL Students

When building a support network for English language learners, community organizations can play a valuable role and offer resources that schools may not have at their disposal. This article offers some ideas on ways that schools can partner with community groups to support ELLs.

Building Strong Parent-Educator Partnerships

In this section we offer numerous resources for educators and parents in order to strengthen the school-home partnership. From back-to-school night to parent-teacher conferences, we've got lots of ideas to get you started!

Parent Guide: Who's Who at Your Child's School

There are many people at your child's school who are there to help your child learn, grow socially and emotionally, and navigate the school environment. Here's a selected list of who's who at your school: the teaching and administrative staff as well as organizations at the district level. You might want to keep this list handy all year long.

Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences with Bilingual Families

As the time for parent-teacher conferences approaches, you may be wondering how to hold an effective conference with the parents of your English language learners if they can't communicate comfortably in English. In this month's Bright Ideas, we provide a number of tips that will help you bridge that language gap, take cultural expectations about education into account and provide your students' parents with the information they need about their children's progress in school.

Bilingual Family Night for ELL Families

Establishing a strong partnership between parents and schools early in the school year is crucial to a student's success throughout the year. However, this may prove to be a challenge when working with English Language Learners (ELLs) if their parents do not speak English. One way to connect with parents of ELLs is to host a bilingual family night at the beginning of the school year. Here are some suggestions for planning a bilingual family event, as well as creative ways to bridge the language gap and a list of links to useful websites.

Helping Your Child Succeed: Helpful PreK-12 Tips

Some of the main academic subjects include reading, math, social studies, and science. Whether your child is struggling in a certain area, or you just want to help them get ahead, this article contains tips you can use to help them succeed in every subject, from preschool through high school. There are also suggestions for how to make sure your children are developing socially and staying healthy.

School Issues and Program Information

All schools are held to certain standards based on federal and state laws. This article discusses some of obligations stated in The No Child Left Behind Act, which includes mandatory testing. It also describes the different programs available to English Language Learners and students with disabilities, as well as vocational and college preparatory programs.

How the School System Works

Besides your child's teacher, many other people are involved in your child's education, The more you know about what they do, the more you can help your child.

Pathways to Success:
An AFT Guide for Parents

As a parent, you want the best for your kids. The American Federation of Teachers shares your expectations and knows you can make a big difference in your child's education.

Empowering ELL Parents & Families at Home

All parents can help their children learn to read, regardless of their language, education, or literacy level. Through the family's first language, kids can develop key language and literacy skills that will help them to become excellent readers in English.

Learning about Your Students' Backgrounds

English language learners represent a vastly diverse group. Learning more about the language, culture, values, family, and home environment of your ELL students will help you to better support your students in the classroom and receive more support from home.

How to Let the School Know About Your Concerns

Is your child doing well in school? Is he or she having trouble learning, behaving, or studying? Is there a problem with another student, teacher, or administrator? If you have a concern, here are some steps to take.

Talk with Your Child's Teacher

Parents may be reluctant to approach their child's teacher. Here are some steps parents can take to develop a strong partnership with their child's teachers.

Dads Who Are Making a Difference

In these selections from Dad's Playbook: Coaching Kids to Read, compiled by the National Institute for Literacy, a couple of dads share some of the ways that they are helping their kids become better readers.

Helping Parents Communicate Better With Schools

Good communication between parents and teachers has many benefits. When parents and teachers share information, children learn more and parents and teachers feel more supported. Good communication can help create positive feelings between teachers and parents.

Creating Programs for Language Minority Families

For language minority families, learning English is a key component of family literacy programs. This article describes questions to consider when establishing a program for language minority families.

Creating Programs for Language Minority Families

Learning English is often the reason that language minority families seek out community programs. This article describes questions to consider when establishing a family literacy program.