LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) authors Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada recently joined with representatives, parents and students from schools across the Boyle Heights and Echo Park communities, for a day-long series of workshops that provided parents and families with a forum to learn, collaborate and dialogue about important issues and challenges in California’s educational system.
Ada and Campoy, authors of HMH’s California Excursiones reading program, are recognized as leading multicultural education experts, and served as keynote speakers for the workshops that detailed the many ways parents can play an active role in their child’s education and encourage a successful experience for students with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
“We know that parents of second language learners are concerned about their childrens’ education and language development,” said Campoy. “The problem is that parents of English learners often face cultural and linguistic obstacles to becoming fully involved in their child's education. Our goal at this weekend’s event was to discuss these challenges and explore various strategies to help overcome them.”
Event partners included Theodore Roosevelt High School, Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center, Hollenbeck Middle School, Logan Elementary, the Office of Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Monica Garcia, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Boyle Heights Learning Collaborative, and Families in Schools.
“Improving student achievement is a priority in our community. The purpose of the conference was to provide parents with the tools and resources they need to get their children to graduate from high school and attend college.” said Principal Sofia Freire, Theodore Roosevelt High School. “We want not just students, but their parents to be fully engaged by actively participating in our educational system.”
With over 1.5 million English learners in California schools, it is crucial that families and schools have a strong collaborative relationship and consistent communication to support students. Among topics discussed during the workshop sessions, was the importance of studies showing children perform better in school when family members are involved, how schools can get involved with families, tools and resources to creating a better learning environment at home and sharing culturally relevant literature at home and in school.
“There are many misconceptions about growing up bilingual, and that’s why we not only discussed how parents and schools can collaborate, but also the ways that students are enriched by bilingualism,” said Ada. “Encouraging literacy through the incorporation of culturally relevant literature into the classroom is a fantastic way to engage students and parents.”
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