Family engagement

1A) Families and language/cultural background

Gather information on each child’s language/cultural background from parents upon enrollment.

Tip Sheet: Gathering and Using Language Information That Families Share

This tip sheet provides teachers with examples of questions that they can ask Multilingual Learners’ families to learn about their language, interests, and experiences. This tip sheet also discusses the information that can be gathered from conversations with families and why this information is so important.
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Guide: The Family Partnership Process – Engaging and Goal-Setting with Families

This resource is an extensive guide on how programs and staff can partner with families to learn about their strengths and experiences and set goals for their children’s learning and development. This guide provides a step-by-step process for gathering information from families, setting goals, and following up on progress for continuous program improvement.
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Website: Supporting Dual Language Learners through Family Support

This resource highlights the importance of gathering information about each child’s language and cultural backgrounds from their families, as well as partnering with families to co-create language and learning goals.
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Webinar: Supporting Dual Language Learners in the PreK Classroom

In this webinar, presenters discuss several strategies for supporting Multilingual Learners’ oral language and literacy development. Strategies include gathering information on children’s language and cultural background from families and talking with them about their language and learning goals for their children. Presenters also discuss how to display labels and functional print in multiple languages in the classroom, select content-specific words from texts and incorporate them into instruction, incorporate songs, and engage in interactive reading.
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Website Article: Many Languages, One Classroom

This article offers explicit strategies for teachers who have language-diverse classrooms. Ideas are offered on how to partner with families and set up a culturally and linguistically responsive classroom environment.
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Flyer: Identifying English Learners with Disabilities

This flyer offers three evidence-based recommendations on how to recognize when Multilingual Learners may have a learning disability. Additional links are offered to learn more about supporting Multilingual Learners with disabilities.
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Checklist: Diversity of Experiences

This simple checklist helps teachers identify the diversity across a classroom of learners. Reflecting and gathering information about family and student backgrounds helps build relationships and trust.
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Strategy Overview: My Name

Nothing is closer to a Multilingual Learner's identity than their name. This resource offers culturally relevant examples of how to engage in meaningful activities with children about their names.
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Video: Affirming Language, Culture & Identity

This video shares asset-based strategies for teachers to engage with families, develop the socio-emotional health of children, and set up a classroom environment to support Multilingual Learners. This resource focuses on preschool but the content applies to all grade bands. Examples come from dual language classrooms.
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Template: Family Languages and Interests Interview Form

This resource contains a template of the Family Languages and Interests Interview that teachers can use to gather information from families on each child’s language and cultural background. Teachers can also use this interview form to talk with families about their language and learning goals for their children.
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Template: Family Languages and Interests Interview Form (Spanish)

This resource contains a template of the Family Languages and Interests Interview in Spanish that teachers can use to gather information on each child’s language and cultural background from children’s Spanish-speaking families. Teachers can also use this interview form to talk with families about their language and learning goals for their children.
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Video: Family Languages and Interests Interview (Spanish)

In this video, a Spanish-speaking teacher conducts the Family Languages and Interests Interview with a Spanish-speaking parent to gather information on their child’s language and cultural background. This interview also helps teachers talk with families about their language and learning goals for their children.
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Video: Family Languages and Interests Interview

In this video, a teacher conducts the Family Languages and Interests Interview with a parent to gather information on their child’s language and cultural background. This interview also helps teachers think about how to talk with families about their language and learning goals for their children.
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