Please register online. TLC Credit: Traditional, UI REACH

Presenter: Carolyn Colvin, PhD – Language, Literacy, and Culture, Department of Teaching and Learning, joined by members of the West Liberty Community School District, including Dan Stevenson, Social Studies teacher – 8th grade, Gloribel Martinez – Para-educator – 8th grade, Traci Hernandez, Secretary – West Liberty Middle School, Richard Barajas – University of Iowa with support from Nancy Gardner, EdD – elementary school principal, retired.

There is substantial research to support parent involvement as vital to academic success, particularly for Latina/o and other students of color. However, parent involvement for culturally, linguistically diverse families may not easily translate to school contexts. In this session, we’ll explore the complex terrain of working effectively with immigrant families and discuss strategies for addressing communication challenges and working toward building effective relationships with immigrant families. Professor Colvin with educators/para-educators from the West Liberty Community School District will lead this activity-based workshop to address both the challenges and opportunities of working with immigrant parents.

Refreshments will be served.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Baker Teacher Leader Center, 319-335-5623, in advance.