chapter  2
19 Pages

The Three-Legged Stool

Balancing the Roles of the School, the Students and the Parents
WithCatherine Beck, Heidi Pace

The most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. English Language Learners (ELL) parents would be regular volunteers in the buildings, and there would be consistent and open communication between the school and families. Parents of ELL students would be actively involved in the academic education of their children, regularly attending parent teacher conferences, school functions and extracurricular programs. Home visits have long been the practice in preschool but more and more they are becoming common at all levels of public education. Family literacy programs are excellent avenues for promoting parent engagement. With technology today there are more opportunities than ever before to keep lines of communication open between the school and parents. When families of all backgrounds are engaged in their children’s learning, their children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer and pursue higher education.