Engaging ELLs and Their Families in the School and Community

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About this course: In this course, you will learn how to better and more successfully engage your ELL(s) and their families in the school and community. You will learn how to engage your ELL student in the classroom setting as well as in various aspects of the school including extracurricular activities and the inner workings of the school and education system. You will also be introduced to strategies for engaging the families of your ELL students in the school community and the wider community of your city and state. You will interact with a variety of case studies that highlight teachers, schools, and communities in different cities throughout the United States and the ways in which …

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  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: In this course, you will learn how to better and more successfully engage your ELL(s) and their families in the school and community. You will learn how to engage your ELL student in the classroom setting as well as in various aspects of the school including extracurricular activities and the inner workings of the school and education system. You will also be introduced to strategies for engaging the families of your ELL students in the school community and the wider community of your city and state. You will interact with a variety of case studies that highlight teachers, schools, and communities in different cities throughout the United States and the ways in which they successfully engage ELLs and their families. From sharing their experience, you will have the tools necessary to implement strategies and procedures for engaging your ELLs and their families. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: * Define the culture of ELLs in K-12 classrooms across the U.S. * Recognize cultural impact on learning and formal education * Assess your school’s engagement of ELLs and their families * Incorporate culturally sensitive techniques to engage ELLs in the classroom and school * Implement strategies for engaging ELLs’ families in the school and larger community * Design a plan for engagement of ELLs and their families in your school * Create a checklist for school and community resources for engaging ELLs and their families

Created by:  Arizona State University
  • Taught by:  Claire McLaughlin, Senior International Educator

    Arizona State University
  • Taught by:  Ellen Manos, Senior International Educator

    Arizona State University
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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Introduction to Key Aspects of Engaging ELLs and their Families



Welcome to week 1 of the course! This is an important module, as it sets the foundation for many of the strategies presented in this course. We hope that you find the module very informative. By the end of this module, you will be able to define the culture of ELLs in K-12 classrooms across the U.S., recognize cultural impact on learning and formal education, assess your school’s engagement of ELLs and their families, incorporate culturally sensitive techniques to engage ELLs in the classroom and school and implement strategies for engaging ELLs’ families in the school and larger community. Let's get started!


9 videos, 5 readings, 4 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Introduction
  2. Video: A look at ELLs in our Classrooms
  3. Practice Quiz: Overview of ELLs
  4. Reading: Bonus Reading: A-Z List of Countries from the U.S. Department of State
  5. Video: Engaging the ELL in the Classroom and School
  6. Video: Strategies to Engage ELLs in the Classroom
  7. Practice Quiz: Engaging ELLs in the Classroom
  8. Reading: Bonus Reading: In-Class Activities
  9. Reading: Bonus Reading: Keys to Success For English Language Learners
  10. Video: The Importance of Family Engagement
  11. Video: Key Strategies for Parent and Family Training
  12. Practice Quiz: Engaging ELL Families
  13. Reading: Bonus Reading: 20 Strategies for Engaging ELL Families
  14. Video: Key Strategies for Teacher and Parent Partnerships
  15. Video: Overcoming Challenges of Teacher/Parent Communication
  16. Practice Quiz: Engaging ELL Families in the Community
  17. Reading: Bonus Video: Partnering with Latino Parents
  18. Video: Summary and Review
  19. Discussion Prompt: ELLs in our Classrooms

Graded: Module 1 Assessment

WEEK 2


Case Study: The American Dream Academy, Phoenix, AZ



Welcome to week 2 of the course! We are thrilled to introduce you to a stellar organization, the American Dream Academy, and the many things that they do to engage families. By the end of this module, you will be able to implement strategies for reaching out to ELL parents, apply concepts of parental training to your own teaching and school contexts, develop a plan for success for parental involvement to implement in your own classroom and school context, apply concepts of teaching training to your own school context, and devise solutions for parent involvement in your own classroom and school context. Let's get started!


10 videos, 8 readings expand


  1. Reading: Greetings!
  2. Video: Introduction to the American Dream Academy
  3. Video: The Call Center
  4. Reading: Reading: The American Dream Academy's Success Ladder
  5. Video: Success Ladder and Academic Success Plan
  6. Video: ADA Session and Parent Story
  7. Reading: Reading: School Terms and Concepts
  8. Video: Learning at Home
  9. Video: American Dream Academy Graduation
  10. Reading: Reading: Learning at Home
  11. Reading: Bonus Reading: Empowering ELL Parents & Families at Home
  12. Video: Teachers Involving Parents
  13. Video: Teacher Experience
  14. Video: Cross Cultural Communication Tips
  15. Video: Administrator Experience
  16. Discussion Prompt: Case Study Reflection: The American Dream Academy
  17. Reading: Bonus Reading: How to Reach Out to Parents of ELLs
  18. Reading: Bonus Reference: The Hofstede Centre
  19. Reading: Student Profile - Mi Hue
  20. Peer Review: Student Profile 1- Mi Hue


WEEK 3


Case Study: Longfellow Elementary School, Sheboygan, Wisconsin



Welcome to week 3 of the course! In this module, we showcase another exciting case study in hopes that you can adapt many of the ideas presented. By the end of this module, you will be able to integrate culture into classroom practices such as building background knowledge, implement TPR strategies in classroom activities to support ELL engagement, understand the importance of setting clear expectations for learning and classroom behavior, set clear expectations that are sensitive to cultural differences, use bilingual and multicultural strategies to foster a welcoming environment. Let's get started!


10 videos, 10 readings expand


  1. Reading: Greetings!
  2. Video: Introduction to Longfellow
  3. Video: Longfellow ESL Program
  4. Reading: Bonus Reading: Success for ESL Students
  5. Video: Building Background Knowledge
  6. Reading: Lesson Plan Template and Materials
  7. Video: Lesson Plan Annotation
  8. Reading: Bonus Reading: Are You Tapping into Prior Knowledge Often Enough in Your Classroom?
  9. Reading: Bonus Reading: Four Strategies to Help
  10. Video: Regular Attendance
  11. Video: Effective Communication and Discipline Tips
  12. Video: Use of Bilingualism
  13. Video: Bilingual Aide Experience
  14. Reading: Bonus Reading: Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences with Bilingual Families
  15. Reading: Bonus Reading: School District Faces Challenges of Teaching New English Speakers
  16. Video: Recognizing Multiple Cultural Identities
  17. Video: Reading Theater
  18. Discussion Prompt: Case Study Reflection: Longfellow Elementary School
  19. Reading: Bonus Reading: Supporting ESL Students: 10 Tips for Mainstream Teachers
  20. Reading: Bonus Reading: Culture in the ELL Classroom
  21. Reading: Student Profile- Carlos Munoz
  22. Peer Review: Student Profile 2 - Carlos Munoz


WEEK 4


Case Study: Alhambra High School, Phoenix, AZ



Welcome to week 4 of the course! We are so excited for this module and to introduce you to Alhambra High School. We hope that you find this module inspirational and that you are able to adopt and adapt many of the ideas presented. By the end of this module, you will be able to apply strategies for creating a culturally supportive school environment, connect students to the school community through creating clubs and school-wide activities, implement new strategies for bringing diverse cultures to the school, and use sports as additional opportunities for school engagement. Let's get started!


9 videos, 7 readings expand


  1. Reading: Greetings!
  2. Video: Introduction to Alhambra High School
  3. Video: Principal's Message
  4. Video: Breakaway Teacher Experience
  5. Reading: Bonus Reading: The Range of Benefits of Extra-Curricular Activities Towards ELLs
  6. Video: Diversity Day
  7. Video: Student Reflection
  8. Reading: Student Reflection on Diversity Day
  9. Reading: Bonus Reading: Several Schools Host Diversity Days
  10. Video: Sprint Music
  11. Video: School Communication
  12. Reading: Bonus Reading: ESL Classroom and Cultural Sensitivity
  13. Video: Soccer
  14. Video: Football
  15. Discussion Prompt: Case Study Reflection: Alhambra High School
  16. Reading: Bonus Reading: Sports Offer English Language Learners an Outlet
  17. Reading: Student Profile - Matida Saad
  18. Peer Review: Student Profile 3 - Matida Saad


WEEK 5


Community Outreach



Welcome to week 5 of the course! In this module, we are going to take you beyond the classroom and look at a variety of ways to engage the family in different aspects of the community. By the end of this module, you will be able to identify organizations in your community that provide support for families, approach organizations regarding working with your students and their families, and implement online resources and apps in your classroom communication as a method for reaching parents and maintaining parent-teacher partnerships. Let's get started!


8 videos, 6 readings expand


  1. Reading: Greetings!
  2. Video: Community Outreach and Resources
  3. Video: Librarian Experience
  4. Video: Table Talk and Student Experience
  5. Reading: Bonus Reading: How to Save the World @ Your Library
  6. Reading: Bonus Reading: The Resources at Your Library
  7. Video: Introduction to Refugee Organizations
  8. Video: Director Interview
  9. Reading: Bonus Reading: Refugees Given an Opportunity for a "Second Life"
  10. Video: Online Resources
  11. Video: App Resources
  12. Discussion Prompt: Community Outreach Reflection
  13. Reading: Bonus Website: Casa Notes
  14. Reading: Bonus Website: Quizlet
  15. Video: Summary and Review
  16. Peer Review: Community Outreach


WEEK 6


Review and Assessment



Welcome to week 6! Congratulations and well done. It is now time to apply the many strategies for Engaging the ELL and their Families in the School and Community to your own teaching context. By the end of this module, you will be able to synthesize course material, complete the final exam and complete the optional peer review. Good luck!


1 video, 3 readings expand


  1. Reading: Greetings!
  2. Video: Summary and Review
  3. Reading: Works Cited
  4. Reading: Special Thanks
  5. Peer Review: Professional Development Presentation

Graded: Final Assessment
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