How to help English Learners Improve their Reading At home

This link provides access to a 20-minute interview conducted by one of the best parents resources, Understood.org that presents reasons why reading in the native language support reading in English. I am excited to share this resource because often time parents feel that not knowing English they can’t help their children in school. In fact, by reading in any language you are supporting language development including fluency in reading, comprehension, decoding practices, and a general enjoyment in reading. The webinar is in Spanish so feel free to share with Spanish-speaking parents in your classes.
https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/experts-live-chats-webinars/2014/december/12/webinarioh

Please visit Understood for more information on how to support the 20% of children with learning and attention issues.  Their mission in their own words:

Understood aims to give parents a direct path to the support they need most to make them feel more confident and capable, less frustrated and alone:

Understood aims to give parents a direct path to the support they need most to make them feel more confident and capable, less frustrated and alone:

Understood promises:

  • We promise well-researched, practical information that’s easy to apply to everyday life.
  • We promise daily access to expert advice that’s free of charge, clearly communicated and never influenced by commercial interests.
  • We promise a secure community where parents can trade tips and experiences with other parents like them.
  • We promise to help parents recognize and develop their children’s strengths—and to address their challenges.
  • We promise to share resources and tips to help parents work constructively with schools, professionals and others in their community.

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Claudia Rinaldi View All →

Professor Claudia Rinaldi is the Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Her areas of research are the implementation of the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework in urban settings with English learners, teacher education in bilingual special education, and diversifying the teacher pipeline. Claudia has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers. She lead and developed a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual Students with Disabilities for general, ESL and special education teachers geared towards applying research-informed practices to the questions and processes of identifying whether it is a language difference or a learning disability. Claudia developed a college mentoring program called Pathways to Teacher Diversity for districts and teacher education programs to partner in identifying and supporting underrepresented high school students interested in teaching careers to successfully access and persist in college. She serves in various boards including the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves as an expert for Understood.org and the National Center for Intensive Interventions.

Professor Claudia Rinaldi believes that it is critical to prepare teacher leaders who may serve as advocates and allies and who will respond to the belief that all students can learn and succeed beyond barriers like culture, language, disability poverty, and marginalization in our country and globally.

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  1. I think this would really help parents that don’t speak English understand that they are able to help their students learn better even if they aren’t able to speak English. I think it would really give the parents more confidence when their child asks them for help because they know that they can help some sort of way.

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