Partnering with Multilingual Families in Brockton, MA
Learn how the public schools in Brockton, MA support partnerships with multilingual families and the impact those partnerships are having.
Photo credit: Brockton Public School Crosby Administration Building
Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Colorín Colorado team learned about the impressive outreach being done in Brockton, Massachusetts with multilingual families who attended the Brockton Public School District. Intrigued, we started a series of conversations that would bring us into contact with more than two dozen staff members in the district, including paraprofessionals, ELL teachers, school counselors, administrative staff, school nurses, district leaders, and the local teacher's union.
This new series highlights the work that Brockton continues doing at all levels of the district to partner with families and the impact those partnerships are having.
This project was made possible with the generous support of the National Education Association.
A Global Community in Brockton, MA
Brockton, which is about 30 miles south of Boston, is the fourth largest city in Massachusetts and a popular gateway city, meaning that it is a community where lots of first-generation Americans come.
According to Kellie Jones, Director of Bilingual Education for Brockton Public Schools, the district serves 16,000 students with more than 30 languages represented. Around 26 percent of Brockton’s students are identified as English learners and 43 percent are students whose first language is not English.
The most common languages of Brockton's ELLs are:
- Cape Verdean
- Haitian Creole
Cape Verdean and Haitian students make up about 75% of the district’s EL population, and Brockton is home to one of the largest Cape Verdean communities in the country.
Learn about Brockton's robust multilingual health outreach during COVID-19, as well as the ways the district's nursing department has supported communication, contact tracing, vaccination, and more.
Helping ELL families with food insecurity during COVID-19
Barbara Alicea, a bilingual family advocate for Brockton Public Schools (MA), talks about the challenges of food insecurity during COVID-19 — and the lengths her families have gone to shown their appreciation for her hard work.
School nurse Astride Jeune: Breaking down barriers with multilingual families
School nurse Astride Jeune in Brockton, MA explains why her role as a bilingual school nurse is so important during COVID-19.