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Improving parental involvement

Improving parental involvement

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Hello everyone! As part of an Education Reform where I teach in the UAE, we have been working on improving parental involvement. Our main obstacle we face is reaching ELL families where the predominant language is Arabic. At the beginning of the school year we translated our welcome letter to parents as well as our weekly homework assignments for all grades. Unfortunately only a handful of parents who know some English turn up when it comes to teacher conferences or parent afternoons. This makes it difficult to discuss their children's progress and areas of weakness and how they can help support them at home. Are there any strategies you may like to share and have found successful?

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