4 districts engage immigrant families for English project
Added 12-07-18 01:22:01am EST - “On a recent Monday night at Fairview Elementary, a small group of Hispanic parents sit around a table joined by teachers from Carthage's dual language and English Language Learners programs.” - Washingtontimes.com
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CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) - On a recent Monday night at Fairview Elementary, a small group of Hispanic parents sit around a table joined by teachers from Carthage’s dual language and English Language Learners programs.
The teachers ask the parents a series of questions, including if they’re interested in English classes and what life is like at home with their students. It’s the first of many meetings to come in an effort to increase engagement with immigrant families, one component of a larger grant project that seeks to bolster English Language Learners programs in four Missouri school districts, including Carthage.
The $2.6 million five-year grant, dubbed Strengthening Equity and Effectiveness for Teachers of English Learners, will provide ELL training to teachers in the Carthage, Kansas City Public, Bayless and Columbia public school districts, the Joplin Globe reported.
The program includes an annual summer institute and covers the cost of tuition for 50 teachers to earn certification in teaching English to speakers of other languages, commonly referred to as ESOL teachers. Carthage will also receive $2,000 annually to implement strategies for immigrant family engagement.
Jana Sawyer, Carthage’s ELL coordinator, said family engagement means more than just having parents at school events. And so came the recent meeting with families, a focus group of sorts that began the engagement process.
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