English Language Learners
August 17, 2017

Ensuring Success for English Language Learners: What Parents Should Know

Source: NYSUT Research and Educational Services
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Looking for a helpful resource to hand out to parents of English language learners?

NYSUT's booklet, Ensuring Success for English Language Learners: What Parents Should Know, explains the supports schools are required to provide that will help ELLs while learning English. This updated guide is available in English and Spanish.

For members and leaders who wish to order this publication, go to Publications Catalog. Please allow 10-14 days for delivery.

The Ensuring Success Planning Checklist offers suggestions on what to consider during the process of planning a parent event so it is effective and runs smoothly.
The PowerPoint presentation with facilitator notes is free to download and will help educators walk parents or persons in parental relations of English language learners through the Ensuring Success for English Learners parent guide. While the presentation is in English, your district may choose to translate this modifiable document into the home language(s) or preferred language(s) of your students’ parents.



New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is very pleased to have partnered with the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (NYS PTA) in developing this guide for parents of English language learners (ELL). This partnership between our two organizations reflects the positive relationship that should exist between home and school. We can say from experience, that when it comes to helping students do well in school, parents’ support makes a big difference.

Teachers know that it takes all of us — parents and educators — working together to help students do well. We cannot, and should not, do it alone. You know your children best. And no one is better prepared to help us, help them, than you are. It is only when parents, who understand their child, and teachers, who have knowledge of classroom instruction, work together, that children will reach their fullest potential.

When parents and educators work together, the best interests of the child are met. We hope that this guidebook will provide you with the information you need to help your child succeed in school. Know your rights as a parent so you can be a strong advocate for your child’s future.

Andrew Pallotta,
President, NYSUT

Gracemarie Rozea,
President, New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.

Topics Include:

  • English As A New Language (ENL) Services
  • Bilingual Programs
  • Testing Accommodations For ELLs
  • Additional School Services
  • Home-School Communication
  • Once Your Child Tests Out Of ENL Services
  • If You Have Questions Or Concerns

Resources available on the Internet

New York State Education Department, Office of Bilingual Education & World Languages (OBEWL): www.nysed.gov/bilingual-ed/parents/english-language-learnermultilingual-learner-parent-resources

Colorín Colorado: www.colorincolorado.org/families

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT):www.nysut.org/ell

National Education Association (NEA): parents.nea.org/ 

New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (NYS PTA): www.nyspta.org

American Federation of Teachers (AFT): www.aft.org/our-community/immigration

For further information, contact:
Susan Lafond, Assistant in Research & Educational Services at NYSUT
800-342-9810, ext. 6521, or slafond@nysutmail.org
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