Sonoma County Office of Education

English Learner Services

Parent Outreach

As their children’s first teachers, parents play a critically important role in the academic success of students. To help ensure that the parents of second-language learners understand and participate in their children’s education, SCOE provides resources and workshops especially designed for the parents of English learners.


Empowering Parents of English Learners Through Local Control Funding Formula
This workshop gives parents of English Learners, EL coordinators, and other representatives of parent advisory committees an opportunity to review the purpose and responsibilities of EL parent committees under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Participants also receive updates on statewide changes in educational practices that impact English Learners. Participants are provided with the opportunity to share best practices and generate new ideas to increase parent engagement in the development of their district’s LCAP. Spanish translation is provided.

Empowering Parents of English Learners through LCFF: Slides in English (pdf) | Slides in Spanish

Slides from 2014
Empowering Parents of English Learners through LCFF
Presentation Slides in English (pdf)
Presentation Slides in Spanish (pdf)


Parent Leadership Institute
Recognizing the critical role that parents play in the education of their children, SCOE hosts an annual professional development training designed specifically for parents of English learners.


Parent Outreach Articles in English and Spanish
The following articles were developed by SCOE for publication in La Voz Bilingual Newspaper. These articles may be adapted for, or reprinted in, school and district newsletters. Each article is available in both English and Spanish.

Articles from 2015-16 (additional articles coming soon)

Summertime learning is essential (pdf: June 2016)

Why it's OK for boys to cry (pdf: May 2016)

Helping children through hard times (pdf: Apr 2016)

Volunteering at school (pdf: February 2016)

 

Effective Questions (September 15)

Articles from 2014-15, as Word documents
Developing critical thinking skills in children (June 2015)
Teaching your children to be healthy eaters (May 2015)
Encouraging lifelong habits of kindness in children (Apr 2015)
Encouraging healthy risk-taking in children (Mar 2015)
Social skills in a digital age (Feb 2015)
Introducing the new science standards (Jan 2015)
Schools begin “next generation” testing this year (Dec 2014)
Asking the right questions (Nov 2014)

Articles from 2013-14, as Word documents
Is your child a gifted student? (June 2014)
Helping children become financially responsible (May 2014)
The power of play (April 2014)
Helping your children become ‘college and career ready’ (Mar 2014)
Building your children’s self-esteem (Feb 2014)
Think about your children’s education when traveling ... (Jan 2014)
Books in the home: An investment in your child’s future (Dec 2013)
The importance of communicating with teachers (Nov 2013)
Academic and ‘soft’ skills are needed for college and career (Oct 2013)
Ideas for parents of middle and high school students (Sept 2013)