Engaging ESL Parents Through Literacy

by Regina R. Stewman Principal, November/December 2011 Study after study has found that families are key to a student’s success. For example, the 2002 annual synthesis of studies on parent and family involvement conducted by Southwest Educational Development Laboratory concluded that “the evidence is consistent, positive, and convincing: families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and throughout life.” The question then becomes: How do you successfully implement a meaningful parental engagement strategy?