Practical Tools to Engage English Learner Families and

Foster Welcoming Schools

Customized 2-hour, 4-hour or 8-hour workshops for school personnel. Topics include:

  • Developing and practicing a process of self-awareness and reflection
  • Fostering respectful partnerships with families and students of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Exploring similarities and differences between the school's and the English Learner's priorities and goals in terms of involvement and student achievement
  • Developing tolerance to diverse points of view
  • Training interpreters and bilingual personnel to become effective cultural brokers
  • Recognizing the influence of non-verbal communication
  • Establishing effective and lasting cultural bridges with parents and students of diverse backgrounds
  • Practicing Cultural Humility* to foster welcoming schools

Please contact us at for additional information.

* What is Cultural Humility? “The approach of cultural humility goes beyond the concept of cultural competence to encourage individuals to identify their own biases and to acknowledge that those biases must be recognized. Cultural competency implies that one can function with a thorough knowledge of the morals and beliefs of another culture; cultural humility acknowledges that it is impossible to be adequately knowledgeable about cultures other than one's own. Cultural humility requires us to take responsibility for our interactions with others beyond acknowledging or being sensitive to our differences.” Levi, Amy.  “The Ethics of Nursing Student International Clinical Experiences” Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing.  Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 94-99 (2009).  


Family Engagement Resources

What Can Schools Do to Foster Family-School Connections
Reaching Out to Diverse Populations.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 317.1 KB

Home-School Communication Guides

100 Bilingual Daily Comments: Common phrases for teachers to use to communicate student progress.  Available in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean and French.  

100 Bilingual Daily Comments

Communication Guide for School Front Office Personnel:  Available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese 

Communication Guide for School Front Office Personnel