engaging familes online

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 school closures have redefined relationships between families and schools. We need strong partnerships as we move forward, particularly with our immigrant and EL families, and we need the skills and resources to do so. This training is for teachers, counselors, parent liaisons, and anyone else looking for strategies to support their work in this area.

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·"Thank you for offering this self-paced course. I appreciate both the theoretical framework and the practical tips of engaging English learner families. I will continue to use the resources you provided." -Educator in Virginia

To best support our students, we must

include their families

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During this 5 hour training with Laura you will:

explore tools and resources for English learner and immigrant families to support their children’s learning at home;

examine the benefits of partnering with refugee and immigrant organizations in the community during this time;

review federal requirements for providing parents with information in a language they understand and how those can be met during the pandemic; and

share solutions for connecting with English learner and immigrant families who have been hard to reach.


"This class was so interesting, enjoyable, and immediately relevant to my current work. I completed the course with a ton of valuable resources to share with fellow teachers, staff, and families! Thank you SO much!!!"

The online learning pathway

This course is part of the Online Learning Pathway which includes:

Online Language and Literacy Development for English Learners

Delving Deeper

Engaging Immigrant and English Learner Families in a Virtual World

Enroll in the complete Online Learning Pathway and save!

"Thank you for offering this self-paced course. I appreciate both the theoretical framework and the practical tips of engaging English learner families. I will continue to use the resources you provided." -Educator in Virginia

Introducing Laura Gardner

Laura has nearly 20 years of experience working in education, refugee resettlement, and social work. While in education, she worked as a district level manager for immigrant family and community engagement as well as a school social worker. Laura also worked for Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) managing their national technical assistance initiative to federal Refugee School Impact Grantees.

Laura has facilitated professional development on building the capacity of teachers and school systems to engage immigrant families in their children’s education, language access, cultural competency, equity, unaccompanied immigrant children, immigrant family reunification, and refugee resettlement. Laura holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

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"Thank you so much for offering this course! I found it very helpful and perfectly timed!" -English Learner Coordinator in Illinois

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