Voices V


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Parent Liaison

Back to School Means Welcoming Students AND Their Parents!

By Karen Nemeth

The Parent/Community Action Special Interest Group of NJTESOL-NJBE gives us all an opportunity to share concerns and strategies for working with families and community members to support our work with ELLs in ESL or bilingual education.  For this issue of Voices, I have collected a few resources to help you get to know the families of your students and encourage their involvement in school activities.

This book provides easy-to-use strategies for dealing with parents and guardians in a variety of different circumstances and issues:   50 Strategies for Communicating and Working with Diverse Families (2nd ed.) by Janet Gonzalez-Mena.

This website provides information and activities to support family literacy for ELLs of all ages:  www.colorincolorado.org .

Tips for parents about reading to their children are available in 25 languages! http://minnesotahumanities.org/resources/tips

An article from the Center for Applied Linguistics on “Raising Bilingual Children: Common Parental Concerns and Current Research” is found at http://www.cal.org/resources/digest/RaiseBilingChild.html .

If you have some effective strategies for engaging the families of your ELL students, consider sharing them in a workshop at next year’s conference.  Workshop proposals are due October 31, 2011.  Click here for more information:
http://www.njtesol-njbe.org/spring-conference/CFW12.htm .

If you have resources that have helped you work with the families of your students,  please share them on the NJTESOL/NJBE Hotlist or send them to me:

Karen Nemeth, Coordinator of Parent/Community Action Special Interest Group, may be reached at knemeth@njtesol-njbe.org .