Engaging English Learner Families In Charter Schools

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Reports
Leona Christy, Safal Partners; Juli Kim and Bryan C. Hassel, Public Impact
14 Oct, 2014

English Learner (EL) students are the fastest growing demographic group among school children in the United States, with the number of ELs in K-12 public schools increasing by about 14% from 2002-03 to 2010-11. Research and practice suggest that greater family engagement with schools can be a critical lever for ensuring the academic success of these students.  Meeting the needs of the rapidly increasing EL population presents a challenge for all public schools, including charter schools.

Engaging English Learner Families In Charter Schools

This report, authored by Safal Partners and Public Impact, highlights a range of practices and funding strategies used by charter schools in three areas:

  1. Engaging with EL families and communities during recruitment and enrollment
  2. Ensuring efficient and effective communication with family members who may have limited proficiency in English
  3. Meeting the needs of students and families by building community and connections