1) Family engagement

How can I welcome and engage families of Multilingual Learners to be active partners in their child’s learning?

Podcast: Working with Emergent Bilingual Learners

This podcast reinforces the strength-based idea that bilingualism is a benefit to children, and working with families and children to develop home language is an asset.
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Website: Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors

This bilingual website provides a toolbox for families and parents with many different links and resources for supporting children in school and home with learning and language.
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Tip Sheet: How to Support Your Child’s Social-Emotional Health – 8 Tips (in 16 languages)

This tip sheet helps parents, providers, and teachers communicate with children about their feelings in both home and school environments.
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Website: Project 2Inspire

This is a website maintained by CABE, the California Association for Bilingual Education, and is a resource hub for the Parent and Family Engagement Program.
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Video: Elementary Active Family Engagement at Home (Spanish)

This sample video demonstration, provided in Spanish, helps families know how to engage with children in learning games and activities at home.
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Video: Elementary Active Family Engagement at Home

This sample video demonstration helps families know how to engage with children in learning games and activities at home.
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Video: PreK Active Family Engagement at Home (Spanish)

This sample video demonstration, provided in Spanish, helps families know how to engage with children in learning games and activities at home.
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Video: PreK Active Family Engagement at Home

This sample video demonstration helps families know how to engage with children in learning games and activities at home.
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Tip Sheet: Early Learning and School Readiness – Approaches to Learning (Arabic)

This tip sheet, provided in Arabic, can be helpful for providers who work with multilingual families and want to ask questions and share information about children's learning engagement and interactions in both school and home.
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Tip Sheet: Early Learning and School Readiness – Approaches to Learning (Spanish)

This tip sheet, provided in Spanish, can be helpful for providers who work with multilingual families and want to ask questions and share information about children's learning engagement and interactions in both school and home.
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Tip Sheet: Early Learning and School Readiness – Approaches to Learning

This tip sheet can be helpful for providers who work with multilingual families and want to ask questions and share information about children's learning engagement and interactions in both school and home.
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Website: For Families/Para las familias

This is a webpage intended to be shared with families. The links include resources for support on teaching children to read, partnering with the school, the use of technology, and the benefits of bilingualism.
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Website: For Families/Para las familias

This is a Spanish-language webpage intended to be shared with families. The links include resources for support on teaching children to read, partnering with the school, the use of technology, and the benefits of bilingualism.
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Tip Sheet: Early Learning and School Readiness – Language and Literacy Development (Spanish)

This tip sheet, provided in Spanish, helps providers partner with parents and families of Multilingual Learners in order to develop language and literacy skills both in school and home environments.
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Tip Sheet: Early Learning and School Readiness – Language and Literacy Development

This tip sheet helps providers partner with parents and families of Multilingual Learners in order to develop language and literacy skills both in school and home environments.
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Tip Sheet: Early Learning and School Readiness – Social and Emotional Development (Arabic)

This tip sheet, provided in Arabic, can be helpful for providers who work with multilingual families and who might need support in how to best communicate and build relationships with them in a culturally responsive manner.
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Tip Sheet: Early Learning and School Readiness – Social and Emotional Development (Spanish)

This tip sheet, provided in Spanish, can be helpful for providers who work with multilingual families and who might need support in how to best communicate and build relationships with them in a culturally responsive manner.
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Tip Sheet: Early Learning and School Readiness – Social and Emotional Development

This tip sheet can be helpful for providers who work with multilingual families and who might need support in how to best communicate and build relationships with them in a culturally responsive manner.
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Tip Sheet: Our Community Poster and Family Foldable (in 26 languages)

These example resources come from Australia and have been translated into 26 languages. The Community Poster shares with families a few ideas on how to support early education in the home. The family foldable is a template for a communication "chatterbox" that can be used at home to develop oral language and discuss connections between school and home.
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Tip Sheet: Helping Children Read (Spanish)

This handout can be shared in both English and Spanish; it shares research and ideas about what families can do to support literacy and language development for their children from infancy to 6 years old.
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Tip Sheet: Helping Children Read

This handout can be shared in both English and Spanish; it shares research and ideas about what families can do to support literacy and language development for their children from infancy to 6 years old.
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Resource List: Ideas and Resources for Parents of EL Students

This website offers an extensive list of online resources that can be shared with families of Multilingual Learners, or used by the teacher in class. Some resources are directly for students to practice language skills, while others are intended to inform teachers and parents about language learning.
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Website Article: How School Leaders New to Working with ELLs Can Partner with Families – 10 Strategies for Success

This article shares practical tips, along with video explanations and additional links to explore, that administrators can use to support Multilingual Learners and their families.
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Tip Sheet: Reading Tips with Families (in 16 languages)

Teachers can access eight different literacy tip sheets for families in sixteen different languages. This information bolsters the home-school connection for Multilingual Learners and their families.
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Blog: 6 Strategies to Elevate the Status of Bilingualism

This blog post offers practical ideas to highlight the benefits and strengths of bilingualism in a school community.
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Tip Sheet: Family Grid

This resource supports teachers in providing families with learning activities to do at home that support Multilingual Learners’ development in multiple domains: motor, math, science, language, literacy, and social-emotional development. Teachers can individualize grids to align with their classrooms’ content and language needs.
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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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Handout: The Importance of Home Language

This resource provides handouts with information about the benefits of bilingualism, the importance of maintaining the home language, and how families can support their Multilingual Learners. The handouts are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Russian, and can be used by teachers and families.
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Flyer: Creating Strong Partnerships Between Parents, Educators and Community Members to Offer Bilingual and Biliteracy Programs (Spanish)

This flyer (written in Spanish) provides an overview of Proposition 58 for parents, families, and the school community. It is written to respond to the common question: "Would you like your child to be bilingual and biliterate?"
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Flyer: Creating Strong Partnerships Between Parents, Educators and Community Members to Offer Bilingual and Biliteracy Programs (Punjabi)

This flyer (written in Punjabi) provides an overview of Proposition 58 for parents, families, and the school community. It is written to respond to the common question: "Would you like your child to be bilingual and biliterate?"
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Flyer: Creating Strong Partnerships Between Parents, Educators and Community Members to Offer Bilingual and Biliteracy Programs

This flyer provides an overview of Proposition 58 for parents, families, and the school community. It is written to respond to the common question: "Would you like your child to be bilingual and biliterate?"
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Flyer: Keeping Your Home Language (in 16 languages)

This is a one-page handout available in 16 different languages. The flyer offers reasons for maintaining Multilingual Learners' home languages, as well as suggestions on what families can do to build children's home language skills.
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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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Newcomer Toolkit: Establishing Partnerships with Families

This is one chapter from the U.S. Department of Education's Newcomer Toolkit. This chapter focuses on how teachers can partner with the families of Multilingual Learners and invite them to share their language and culture and engage with a school community.
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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: Advocacy Tools-Implementing the English Learner Roadmap and Affirming the Rights of English Learners

There are three bilingual, downloadable guides in this article that help inform families and other community members about California’s English Learner Roadmap. These bilingual resources offer explanations and advice on how to best advocate for Multilingual Learners.
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Newcomer Toolkit: Welcoming Newcomers

This is one chapter from the U.S. Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit. This chapter focuses on how teachers can welcome both newcomer Multilingual Learners and their families into a school community.
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Handout: Message in a Backpack for Families

This resource provides links to different handouts teachers can give to families with learning activities to do at home. Teachers can select which topics to support at home, and links are available in multiple languages (English, Spanish, Farsi, Chinese).
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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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Website: Supporting Young English Learners at Home

This website offers nine downloadable flyers in both Spanish and English that include tips for parents on how to ask questions while reading with children, as well as numerous ideas for educational games and activities to try at home. There are additional links for an Educators' Guide to teaching academic language and content to Multilingual Learners, and an archived webinar presentation on additional activities to strengthen language development at home.
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Webinar: Helping Young English Learners at Home

This webinar offers a summary of nine downloadable flyers (in both Spanish and English) that include tips for parents on how to ask questions while reading with children, as well as numerous ideas for educational games and activities to conduct at home.
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Strategy Overview: Supporting Oral Language

To develop language, children need many opportunities to practice speaking. This overview describes how teachers can support families to give Multilingual Learners opportunities to practice oral language.
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Strategy Overview: Supporting Bilingualism

Research has proven that the strongest foundation for academic success and high levels of literacy for Multilingual Learners is the development of both their home language and English. This overview describes strategies that schools, teachers, and families can use to support multilingualism.
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Strategy Overview: Development of Literacy Skills

Children become lovers of reading and writing through exposure to a variety of meaningful texts and wonderful literature. This overview describes how school can be organized to support this learning from a young age, and how caregivers can develop this learning at home through reading, discussing books, and noticing text in the world around them.
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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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Video: Integrated Thematic Unit- 3rd grade

This video provides a rich opportunity to look inside a classroom and note the intentional supports for English language and literacy development embedded in a thematic unit of study. The teacher implements a Daily 5 structure, which allows Multilingual Learners to learn both academic language and content across multiple modalities and learning activities.
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Strategy Overview: Testimonios

Testimonio, a Spanish term for "witness account," is a storytelling pedagogy that emerged from Latin American culture and narrative research methodology. Used in the classroom, testimonios can be written, oral, and/or visual representations of Multilingual Learners' experiences that support home language development and engage families in children's learning.
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Strategy Overview: Family-Centered Goal Setting

This guide breaks down how to set simple, targeted, short-term learning goals in partnership with families. By engaging families in developing learning goals, teachers ensure that the goals are rooted in a shared understanding of the whole child, and prepare families to support their children in working toward their goals.
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Strategy Overview: Gallery Walks

In this culminating activity at the end of a thematic unit, posters and student work are displayed around the classroom while children guide family members, teachers, or peers through the room, explaining the concepts they've learned. The opportunity to explain concepts to visitors gives children an authentic purpose for using language and demonstrating their knowledge.
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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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Strategy Overview: Celebrating Bilingualism-Pathways to Biliteracy

This document offers a variety of examples for both classroom and school-wide implementation for a Seal of Biliteracy. Now that a biliteracy seal is available in California and other U.S. states, offering high-quality bilingual materials and structuring opportunities to celebrate bilingualism with students and families can begin as early as PreK.
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Strategy Overview: Family Cohorts

This resource explains how to partner with families by establishing cohorts and home-school connections. Family cohorts can help to create a site-wide culture that values family engagement to support dual language learning. Resources for family cohort meetings are provided, such as a sample agenda and a blank planning template.
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Strategy Overview: Family Conversations, Home-School Connections, & Projects

This resource describes how to engage families in their children’s learning by facilitating family conversations, home-school connections, and projects. This resource includes guidance on how to partner with families and connect the curriculum to learning at home.
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Parent Letter: Start of Theme (Spanish)

These letters can be sent home to families to announce upcoming topics in classroom thematic units. They prepare families to connect content learning to home experiences, and offer the opportunity to invite parents to share experiences or artifacts that relate to the themes.
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Parent Letter: Start of Theme (English)

These letters can be sent home to families to announce upcoming topics in classroom thematic units. They prepare families to connect content learning to home experiences, and offer the opportunity to invite parents to share experiences or artifacts that relate to the themes.
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Flyer: Questions and Answers about Dual Language Learning (Spanish)

This handout is filled with information about various dual language learning models and program terminology. It is particularly useful as a guide for families to ask questions and determine the best classroom placement for their child.
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Video: Bilingualism Through the Eyes of a Student

Students share their ideas about the benefits of being bilingual. They explain why speaking two languages is important and a source of pride.
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Flyer: Myths and Research about Bilingual Development

This document lists common myths about bilingual development and offers research-based responses. It explains dual language instruction for Multilingual Learners, and teaches families about the benefits of home language development.
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Tip Sheet: Interactive Read Alouds

This handout for families reviews strategies for interactive reading at home. Information about how to ask questions, and engage in conversations with children while reading at home, will help support literacy development for Multilingual Learners.
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Video: Home-School Connection and Projects

Opportunities for curriculum-based learning at home help build relationships with families and support language development for Multilingual Learners. This video showcases an example of a home-school project presentation in a preschool classroom where educators provide high-quality extended talk in multiple languages and provide hands-on, inquiry-based experiences.
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Tip Sheet: Interactive Read Alouds (Chinese)

This handout for families, written in Chinese, reviews strategies for interactive reading at home. Information about how to ask questions, and engage in conversations with children while reading at home, will help support literacy development for Multilingual Learners.
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Tip Sheet: Interactive Read Alouds (Spanish)

This handout for families, written in Spanish, reviews strategies for interactive reading at home. Information about how to ask questions, and engage in conversations with children while reading at home, will help support literacy development for Multilingual Learners.
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Strategy Overview: Bridging School to Family Assignments

This resource offers examples of projects and activities that provide families with opportunities to connect school-based content with learning at home. Examples demonstrate how teachers can also invite home language into the classroom.
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Tip Sheet: Communication with Parents/Comunicación con los padres

This bilingual (Spanish) document explains to parents the benefits of speaking a home language. Advice is shared on how to develop oral home language proficiency and provide high-quality and extended talk opportunities for children.
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Tip Sheet: Special Topic & Mini-Strategy Workshops for Families

Workshops provide rich opportunities to talk with families about language development goals for their children, and to invite and prepare them to share their language and culture in the classroom. This document explains two different structures for family workshops.
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Flyer: How Families Can Develop Oral Language/Como familias pueden desarrollar lenguaje oral

Teachers can share this flyer in English and/or Spanish with the families of Multilingual Learners. This flyer provides families with learning activities that can support home language development.
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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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Handout: Support Bilingualism (Spanish)

This handout shares nine different strategies that families can use to support the home language development of their children. Sharing this type of information builds a culture that values dual language learning and family engagement.
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Video: Bilingualism Through the Eyes of Families

Family members share their ideas about the benefits of being bilingual. They explain how speaking two languages is critical to maintain family life and cultural identity.
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Video: Key Points of Home Language Preview and Review

This resource explains how educators can engage families in previewing and reviewing books with Multilingual Learners. Teachers can provide families with books to preview at home to connect curriculum with learning at home. Teachers can invite families and other speakers of the home language to come to classrooms to share books in their home languages.
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Webinar: Exploration of Myths and Facts Regarding Dual Language Learners

In this video Dr. Linda Espinosa, the author of the policy brief, Challenging Common Myths About Dual Language Learners, talks through the research on instruction for PreK-3rd Multilingual Learners.
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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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Policy Brief: PreK-3rd Challenging Common Myths about Dual Language Learning

This resource provides updated information to challenge common myths that educators, parents and/or community members may have about instruction for PreK-3rd Multilingual Learners. This brief does not need to be read in sequence, as each myth is described in a short section of text.
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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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