Fall Webinar Series for K-6 Teachers - Part IIICreating and Sustaining Family Partnerships in Distance Learning.
Creating and Sustaining Family Partnership in Distance Learning
Family engagement, connection, and involvement in their children’s schooling is always important, but has particular urgency, meaning, implications, and challenges in this pandemic era that relies on hybrid and distance learning. Without careful planning and intentionality, this era could place new barriers in the way of English learner’s education, could exacerbate stresses on families, and damage relationships between schools and families. With appropriate attention, however, the essential partnership between families and schools can support English learners and together we can leverage new opportunities with great benefits for our students. And this can be the foundation for building family engagement more effectively into the life of schools long after the pandemic ends. This session for classroom teachers focuses on their role in planning for and creating strong family-school partnership to support student learning at home. Teachers will learn about strategies designed to engage families in meaningful dialogue and goal-setting to uncover student and family funds of knowledge. Strategies to streamline communication to families, provide instruction with flexibility for families to adapt to their home environment, tap into home language resources, and create community within the virtual classroom that is culturally responsive and sustaining.
To be delivered by:
2 synchronous and 1 hour asynchronous
One 2 hour webinar with some pre and post work
Classroom teachers (all)
|EL RISE! Outcomes||Addressed in Webinar|
|Build basic awareness about the EL Roadmap||No|
|Increase knowledge of the ELR and implications for multiple roles at County and LEA level (teachers, site and district administrators, COE staff, others)||No|
|Increase skills and strategies for implementing research-based practices to enact ELR||Yes|
|Create ELR-aligned local policies (EL Master Plans, LCAPs, etc.)||No|
|Strengthen system mechanisms and conditions that support addressing EL student needs (e.g., data systems, PL Plans and processes to focus on EL progress)||No|
Focus on the English Learner Roadmap:
Principle 1: Which aspects?
A. Language and Culture as Assets
C. School Climate
D. Family and School Partnerships
Principle 2: Which aspects?
E. Use of Students' Home Language
Principle 4: Which aspects?
A. Alignment and articulation
Major tools and resources to be developed for use in this offering:
- Critical Conditions for English Learners in Distance Learning (CCELDL) (foundational document)
- Links in document to videos, tools, templates, write ups of strategies