Engaging an EAL/D parent community

Author: Jane Wenlock

EAL/D parents are often deemed “hard to reach” in terms of engaging them in participation in school activities. These parents, like all parents, wish to assist their children in education. Unfortunately, the experiences of school that the parents have had is not the experience that the child is having. Parents can feel disempowered and unsure of what they can do to assist their children. In this session we will look at what it means to be an EAL/D learner, difficulties parents may face in becoming involved in their child’s education and strategies to use in assisting parents to become involved.