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SWIFT Guide / Resource / 269 / Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Limited English Proficient Parents

Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Limited English Proficient Parents

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What is this resource? Part of a 10-chapter series, the 12 pages of chapter 10 focus on the important role parents of English Learners (ELs) play in the student’s success. The chapter asks Local Education Agencies to consider how they recognize and value the families, language, and culture of their ELs. What procedures do they have in place to identify language, offer translation and interpretation services, and notify parents. The remainder of the chapter provides tools and national resources. The entire series can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/english-learner-toolkit/index.html

Why is it valuable? Parent and guardian input is crucial to the success of English Learners (ELs). This chapter shares why and how to connect with parents and guardians. It offers guidance in the establishment of processes and procedures that lead to improved communication and relationship building.

Authors: U. S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition

Ideal Audience: Administrators, Local Educational Agency

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