Families of English Language Learners aren’t a rare exception—they’re a valuable part of school communities, and it’s time to treat them like partners.
“To me, authentic engagement means going out into the neighborhood and listening to people. Meeting people where they are, under their circumstances. Sometimes that can feel uncomfortable for folks.”
When we tell students they have to "be this" or "look like that" to succeed, we are using our power to minimize and dehumanize young people.