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English-Language Learners

By Mary C. Breaden — February 05, 2008 1 min read

The report recommends that schools establish professional-development programs that train teachers to work with parents of English-language learners, and create parent-involvement programs specifically for such parents.

School officials should reach out to parents of English-language learners and encourage both student and parental literacy, says a study by the Education Policy Research Unit, a division of Tempe-based Arizona State University that conducts research on student-performance standards and curriculum.

Barriers to the involvement of parents at parent-teacher conferences and other school functions include the educational levels of the parents, parents’ work schedules, and transportation difficulties.

The report recommends that schools establish professional-development programs that train teachers to work with parents of English-language learners, and create parent-involvement programs specifically for such parents.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 06, 2008 edition of Education Week

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