Parent and Family Engagement for English Learners
— Offered by the College of Education and Health Professions —
Earn professional development hours through the Parent and Family Engagement for English Learners series offered by the College of Education and Health Professions. A National Professional Development grant through the Office of English Acquisition at the U.S. Department of Education will cover the majority of the cost of the three 6-hour modules designed to help you build a partnership between schools, families, and communities to support culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students. Through these courses, you will gain a better understanding about the families and students that you serve, allowing you to create a stronger family-school connection. By the time you finish these courses, you will have created some personal resources and compiled strategies that will be applicable to your classroom or school. The information and assignments you work on will assist you in creating partnerships with CLD families. Those who do not meet the qualifications for grant funding can pay $60 for each class module.
$60 per module
*$12 per module for qualified educators through a U.S. Department of Education grant.
Online / Instructor Led (all modules)
Each month, participants have from the 1st through the 15th to register for courses.
Participants will have until the last day of the month in which they registered to complete the course(s).
Courses are not offered in December.
These modules contain self-paced activities for professional development hours. Just as you do not receive individual feedback from the presenter on activities you participate in for face to face PD, you will not be given feedback on these modules, unless your submissions do not meet proficiency requirements. Discussion board activities allow you to learn from other teachers in the module. Rubrics are provided to help you self-assess your work. At the end of the month, your work will be assessed by an instructor. Feedback will be given at that time if needed. You will receive a certificate of completion from Global Campus after your work has been assessed if you complete the module at a proficient level.
*To qualify for grant funding, you must:
- Have been in a professional educator role in Arkansas in the academic year 2018-2019
- Plan to be in a professional educator role in Arkansas in the academic year 2019-2020
- Register online and supply information about your employer, school, class, etc.
If you do not meet these qualifications and are interested in this course, please contact Cynthia Hrdlichka at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-464-5024 for registration and payment information.
Creating a Supportive School Environment
This module focuses on creating a welcoming and supportive environment for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) families. You will identify and apply characteristics of a welcoming, inclusive environment for CLD students and their families. You will also describe family-community engagement systems and model positive methods of serving CLD students and families.
- Determine and discuss the differences between parent involvement and parent engagement
- Design a welcoming and accepting environment for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students
- Integrate characteristics of family-community engagement systems and models that serve CLD students and families
Engaging Families to Help Students Succeed
This module focuses on engaging families to help students succeed through valuing CLD families’ native languages, cultures, and countries through integration of these components in their classroom. Partnerships with parents and families will allow you and your school to promote student learning at home. You will accomplish this by generating ideas that will encourage family and student learning interactions at home, developing and maintaining an open rapport with CLD families, and internalizing why parent engagement is important for CLD students and their families. Parent, family and community engagement in education is crucial for student academic performance and school improvement.
- Generate ideas that will encourage student and family learning interactions at home
- Develop open communication and establish a rapport with families in order to gain a better understanding of the student’s cultural background and to determine parents’ expectations regarding language, culture, and education
- Justify why parent engagement is important for CLD students and their families
Engaging Families through Communication & Advocacy
This module focuses on engaging families through communication and advocacy. It provides opportunities to develop ideas to foster effective communication between home and school. You will accomplish this by applying best practices in scenarios with CLD students and their families. To further advocate for CLD families, you will create a resource page that includes community information for CLD families to utilize as needed.
- Apply knowledge, skills, and best practices in scenarios about CLD students and their families
- Create a resource page that includes community information so that a CLD parent could utilize community resources when needed
- Design ways to foster effective communication between home to school and school to home with CLD families
Dr. Janet Penner-Williams
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, TESOL Program
Project CONNECT Director
Project SOAR Director
Project CONNECT Research Associate
Project SOAR Research Associate