What did you do in practice?
We created connection points with our families. We did this through an event hosted at the school to celebrate the diversity of our families during National Hispanic Heritage Month. Then, we hosted an event in a neutral space in the community and hosted "Movie Night Out" for our English Language Learner families at a local movie theater. We also offered books in dual languages so families could continue the fun at home. Students and their families (from parents and siblings to grandparents and extended family) along with teachers and their families were all invited.
Why did you do this implementation trial?
Our first hack welcomed our English Language Learner families at school. Then we wanted our English Language Learner families to also know they were welcomed in the community and to experience an everyday activity like the movies with our teachers and staff. The community space helped create a relaxed atmosphere. Parents and teachers saw each other as their "normal selves" and started to bond. Students felt cared for and appreciated the gift of dual-language books to continue the fun and learning at home.