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Resources to strengthen connections with families

Families play a key role in their children’s language development and possess a wealth of knowledge about their children’s language use in home and community environments. At WIDA, we recognize families as experts in their children’s language learning and development. Engaging with families to learn from them about their children’s language use and development is at the core of language-focused family engagement.

The resources listed below provide professional learning for early care and education professionals, and K-12 educators, as well as resources and ACCESS assessment materials that educators can share with families.

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Grow Your Knowledge and Understanding

Explore resources to support your professional learning on topics related to language-focused family engagement. Read these resources independently or collaboratively with your peers.

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Explain ELL Status and Language Testing

Find resources to help explain to families of multilingual learners key concepts, terms, and processes related to EL identification and language testing. Resources include parent-friendly guides, flyers, and videos.

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Promote and Support Family Engagement

Find useful information and activities for families of multilingual learners that promote family engagement at home by highlighting various ways families support children’s language development.