Comments (26)

Comment RSS
Employee at NWEA

Response to PD Carson - 2 recommendations

Was this helpful?
0

Hey PD Carson,

I was actually just speaking with a TX district leader about something similar last week. We discussed the fact that parents of ELL students often have busy schedules. They want to help their children succeed but 1) sometimes don't have much time to come to the school, 2) don't know exactly what their child needs help with and 3) don't have the English language skills to help their child with some subjects... 2 ideas/recommendations based on our discussion:

- INCORPORATE A GOAL SETTING PROJECT EARLY ON IN THE ELL PROGRAM
The district leader I spoke with had parents come up with a series of 12-15 goal statements for their child. All statement started with "My dream for you is...". Her plan was to use this to help parents consciously think of aspirational goals for their child and review them throughout the year to see whether they were helping their child get there. I think this can be a great exercise to do as part of the ELL tutoring program. You can teach language skills while having them answer this important question! Then you can have them reflect on it at the end of the program and work in groups/pairs to discuss ways to help their children move toward the goals they have set.

- EXPLICITLY INVITE OTHER CARE TAKERS AS WELL
Since the parents might be working/unavailable, consider making it a "family" tutoring program (the grandparents might often be more available and in some cases they are the ones watching the child most often).

Implementing a Parent Literacy Program for ELLs

Was this helpful?
0

Hi!
I am going to be extending my ELL after-school tutoring program to include parents. I would like to know if anyone has any suggestions that will help make the program a success. I do believe that parents are a crucial element of success - whether or not any one study has listed parents in the first place position or in the last position.

I am interested in knowing

Was this helpful?
0

I am interested in knowing your source for your opening statement, "Parent involvement is the number one predictor of early literacy success and future academic achievement." Earlier this year we were told at a meeting that parent involvement was 6th in a list of 6 predictors. As an early childhood teacher I was surprised by the comment. I would like to provide evidence that there is research that states that parent involvement is a key to a child's academic success.

Recent study

Was this helpful?
0

Just read a recent study that analyzed how to make children smarter. Reading to young children, plus omega 3 supplements. Who knew?

Teacher, Founder of Stepping Stones Together ,and Educational Entrepreneur

Hi there Nikkie! Thanks for

Was this helpful?
0

Hi there Nikkie!
Thanks for the feedback. I read through your article and do believe you provide some great tips for teachers. However, many parents need more tactile resources in order to feel confident working on skills with their children. This was one of the reasons why I created Stepping Stones Together. If we want parents to be invested in the skill based process we need to invest in providing them with easy to use, success based strategies as well as the tools to develop those skills with their child.

Thanks again for your interest!
Erika

Employee at NWEA

Great Piece / 3 More Ideas for Parent Involvement

Was this helpful?
0

Erika, great piece! I’m always scouring the net for practical parent involvement strategies and I think your bulleted list is spot-on, with some very actionable ideas. I find parents often want to be involved but don’t know exactly what to do or which activities would be the most valuable, given their limited time.

Here’s an article I recently wrote to highlight a 3 additional ideas for parent involvement (which can be applicable to both literacy & mathematics learning): http://community.nwea.org/node/677. I reference a study that showed that some parent involvement strategies have been proven to be MUCH more impactful than others… I’d love to know what you think!

see more see less