Engaging the Families of English-Language Learners

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

Click here for more information about this chat.

Note: No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to participate in any of our text-based chats. Participants may begin submitting questions the morning of the chat.

Live Blog Chat: Engaging the Families of English-Language Learners

For elementary school-aged English-language learners, parent involvement and support is key as they learn to read and write in another language. Two San Jose Unified School District educators, Maria Arias Evans and Christian Rubalcaba, will take questions on their efforts to partner with the families of ELLs to boost literacy.

Arias Evans, the award-winning principal at Washington Elementary, opens the school library daily to parents and their children to encourage family reading time and hosts weekly parent meetings to honor on-campus volunteers. Rubalcaba, a former teacher and the instructional coach at Olinder Elementary School, has earned recognition from the White House and the U.S. Department of Education for his parent engagement efforts, including a home visit program known as “Mr. R's Home-to-School Connection.”

Christian Rubalcaba, instructional coach, Olinder Elementary School, San Jose Unified School District, Calif.
Maria Arias Evans, principal, Washington Elementary School, San Jose Unified School District, Calif.

Corey Mitchell, staff writer, Education Week

Related Report:
Teaching America's English-Language Learners: A Special Report

Share this chat: Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Addthis

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.
The Fine Print

All questions are screened by an editor prior to posting. A question is not displayed until the moderator poses it to the guest(s). Due to the volume of questions received, we cannot guarantee that all questions will be answered, or answered in the order of submission. Guests and hosts may decline to answer any questions. Concise questions are strongly encouraged.

Please be sure to include your name when posting your question.'s Live Chat is an open forum where readers can participate in a give- and-take discussion with a variety of guests. reserves the right to condense or edit questions for clarity, but editing is kept to a minimum. Transcripts may also be reproduced in some form in our print edition. We do not correct errors in spelling, punctuation, etc. In addition, we remove statements that have the potential to be libelous or to slander someone. Please read our privacy policy and user agreement if you have questions.

—Chat Editors

Most Popular Stories