Guide for Engaging ELL Families: 20 Strategies for School Leaders

References and Resources

You can find references and resources for the Engaging ELL Families guide in the following sections.

Appendix A: Resources from Colorín Colorado

The following Appendix is included in Colorín Colorado's Engaging ELL Families guide.

* Also available in Spanish


Appendix B: Recommended Reading and Resources

These articles and professional books provide in-depth, research-based readings on ELL student success and family engagement.


References

The following works are cited throughout the guide. Links to online sources are provided where available, but may expire.

  • Alford, Betty J., and Niño, Mary Catherine. Leading Academic Achievement for English Language Learners: A Guide for Principals. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2011.
  • Alvarado, Cecelia. Social-emotional development training for infant and toddlers: Establishing Connections with Latino Children and families. Workshop, Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.Anaheim, CA: 2010.
  • D'Amato, Luisa. "Accommodating student prayers not a problem at local high school." The Record. 7/11/2011.
  • Retrieved http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/561543--accommodating-student-prayers-not-a-problem-at-local-high-school.
  • de Vise, Daniel. "School Turns English Learners into Top Achievers." The Washington Post. 12/19/2008. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/18/AR2008121802192.html.
  • Ferlazzo, Larry, and Hammond, Lorie. Building Parent Engagement in Schools. Denver: Linworth, 2009.
  • Flannery, Mary Ellen. "Welcoming ELL Parents into the Classroom." (Includes comment from Christine Pearsall.) Retrieved from http://www.nea.org/home/37022.htm.
  • Forsyth, Jim. "Speak English, not Spanish, demands Texas lawmaker." Reuters.com. 6/17/2011. Retrieved from http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/17/us-texas-english-idUSTRE75G5D120110617?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews
  • Garcia Amaya, Alicia. "Letter to an administrator: From the parent of an English language learner. "English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators. Eds. Else V. Hamayan and Rebecca Freeman.Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing, 2006. 53.
  • Hamayan, Else V., and Freeman, Rebecca, eds. English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators. Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing, 2006.
  • Haynes, Judie. "Working with Bilingual Parent Volunteers." EverythingESL.net. Retrieved from
  • http://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/bilingualparents.php.
  • Hori, Marla. "How do you build community with parents of English language learners in ways that they can understand?" English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators. Eds. Else V. Hamayan and Rebecca Freeman.Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing, 2006. 40-41.
  • Houk, Farin A. Supporting English Language Learners: A Guide for Teachers and Administrators. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2005.
  • Law, Barbara and Eckes, Mary. The More-Than-Just-Surviving Handbook: ESL for Every Classroom Teacher, 3rd edition. Winnipeg: Portage & Main Press, 2010.
  • Meyers, Maritza, Rodriguez, R.C., and Fugate, Robert. "How do you integrate parents of English language learners and community members into your program/school?" English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators. Eds. Else V. Hamayan and Rebecca Freeman.Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing, 2006. 44-50.
  • National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs. "The Growing Number of English Learner Students", 1998/99-2008/09. Retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/files/uploads/9/growingLEP_0809.pdf.
  • Ramos, Víctor Manuel and Hobbs, Erika. "Central Florida pitches in to help Haiti."
  • Orlando Sentinel. January 15, 2010. Retrieved from http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-01-15/news/os-day2-relief-orlando-helps-haiti-20100114_1_haitian-community-leaders-evans-students-donations
  • Rothstein-Fisch, Carrie. and Trumbull, Elise. Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students' Cultural Strengths. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2008.
  • Wright, Wayne E. Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice. Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing, 2010.
  • Yturriago, Judith Kwiat. "What can you tell parents of English language learners about language use at home?" English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators. Eds. Else V. Hamayan and Rebecca Freeman.Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing, 2006. 51-52.
  • Yturriago, Judith Kwiat. "What do parents of English language learners contribute to your school? What kinds of roles do they play?" English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators. Eds. Else V. Hamayan and Rebecca Freeman.Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing, 2006. 50-51.
  • Zacarian, Debbie. Transforming Schools for English Learners: A Comprehensive Framework for School Leaders. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2011.
  • Zarate, Maria Estela. Understanding Latino Parental Involvement in Education: Perceptions, Expectations, and Recommendations, a report published by The Tomás Rivera Institute. 2007. Retrieved from http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED502065.pdf

About the Authors

The following authors co-wrote Colorín Colorado's Engaging ELL Families guide.

Lydia Breiseth

Lydia Breiseth has been the Manager of Colorín Colorado since 2008. In this capacity, Ms. Breiseth oversees the bilingual content, multimedia production, partnerships, and outreach on behalf of ColorínColorado.org, including collaboration with Colorín Colorado's major partner, the American Federation of Teachers. Ms. Breiseth has presented Colorín Colorado's resources to educators and parents at a number of national professional development conferences, including TESOL, NABE, CABE, NAEYC, OELA, the AFT's QuEST Conference, and the Latino Children's Book Conference. Ms. Breiseth has written extensively for Colorín Colorado's educator and parent audiences, and her article "Reading Comprehension Strategies for English Language Learners" was published in the ASCD Express in March, 2010. Prior to working at Colorín Colorado, Ms. Breiseth taught both English and Spanish to high school students and adults, and she spent a year in Ecuador teaching English to graduate students with the educational exchange program WorldTeach. She resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Kristina Robertson

Kristina Robertson is an ELL specialist with extensive experience as a classroom teacher and professional development leader. Kristina is the current Titles Coordinator and Teacher on Special Assignment for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District in Minnesota. Kristina has 20 years of education experience as a teacher and leader in English language instruction, with licenses in ESL, Administration, and Reading. She started her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka and then returned to Minnesota, where she has taught many language and cultural backgrounds in the K-12 setting, as well as ESL teacher preparation courses at the college level. Kristina is a member of the American Federation of Teacher's ELL Educator Cadre and has authored a number of our Bright Ideas articles. She is also featured in a Colorín Colorado Meet the Expert video interview. Kristina resides in Minnesota.

Susan Lafond

Susan Lafond, a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in English as a New Language (EAYA ENL), has 20 years of combined experience teaching ESL and foreign languages. She currently works as a professional development assistant for educators with New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). Susan was appointed to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) English as a New Language Standards Committee in February 2009 to review and revise the existing English as a New Language Standards and most recently participated as a member of the ELA Work Team for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. She won the Union College Excellence in Teaching Award and the Employee Recognition Award in her own district, and she serves on the American Federation of Teacher's ELL Educator Cadre. She also has served as an expert practitioner and advisor to Colorín Colorado and is featured in the AdLit.org / Colorín Colorado webcast ELLs in Middle and High School: An Introduction. Susan resides in upstate New York.


 


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