When we think of ELL students, we tend to think only of helping the students reach proficiency. While that is obviously the primary goal, the objective of success in school is made much easier if parents are engaged with the student’s learning.
According to a 2001 US Department of Education study, students with involved parents are 51 percent more likely to enjoy school and earn 52 percent more A grades. Family participation is twice as indicative of student academic success as socio-economic status.
Barriers for entry among ELL parents
A barrier for parental involvement among ELL parents is their own lack of English language skills. It’s very difficult for a parent who speaks limited or no English to feel engaged with a school. They might be less likely to air concerns about their child’s performance or volunteer for decision-making opportunities like the PTA/PTO.
The Corona-Norco Unified School District in Riverside County, California made a concerted effort to not only improve their overall ELL instruction, but to also help the adults in their community.
You can read the Corona-Norco customer success story here.
How CNUSD’s program works
Because of the Rosetta Stone always-on architecture and easy to use design, the district felt confident enough to open the system for use by parents as well as students—sometimes working alongside each other.
While the students took advantage of a dual immersion program with the support of Rosetta Stone, parents were able to practice their English speaking and comprehension skills on their own time.
The flexible licensing program meant that licenses could be administrated easily. Everyone in the district, from teachers and administrators to staff and parents, could have access to the language-learning tools. Licenses that weren’t being used could be reassigned easily.
The benefits to the community were considerable. Not only did Corona-Norco’s students enjoy increased academic success (up to 15.5 percent growth in Language Arts; 19.7 percent in Math), but parents were more engaged with the school system. Not only that, but it’s quite possible that the benefits could spread to the parents’ own personal and professional lives. It really is a top-down positive effect for the whole Riverside community.
To read more about how Corona-Norco Unified School District implemented their Rosetta Stone® program and the success they’ve had, check out our customer success story.