What did you do in practice?
We hosted several events from "Dinner & Dialogues" to a resource night called "Love Grows Here." These informal events helped our English Language Learner families connect with the teachers and school staff. It gave them access to a variety of resources. In addition, we hosted a series of English as a Second Language classes for parents. Our families requested this because they wanted to be able communicate with their children's teachers. We helped families access the English course and provided childcare and homework help while they participated.
Why did you do this implementation trial?
Our school community demographics are changing. We saw an increased number of immigrant and refugee families moving into our district. It was important for us to welcome the new families and ensure they had the support and resources they needed to be successful. We started by asking about their hopes, fears, and dreams and learned about their culture and language. We asked – what do you need, instead of assuming that we knew. It important to us that our new families feel like part of the bigger school community. We want to make sure they have a voice at our table.