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Helping Young English Learners at Home: Simple and Fun Activities to Strengthen Language Development

Date: February 3, 2021
Location: Webinar

As many school buildings have remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, engaging families and caregivers to support learning outside the classroom is a key area of interest and focus of educators.

This webinar, developed by RELs West, Northwest, and Northeast & Islands, was designed for district and school staff working with English learner students in grades K–5 and their families. It highlighted the 2014 What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide, Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School, and shared nine activity sheets based on the practice guide as well as an associated Educator’s Guide. The activity sheets are available in English and Spanish for parents and caregivers to use with their children at home.

Participants increased their understanding of:

  • Research-based practices in the What Works Clearinghouse English Learner Practice Guide (2014)
  • How the family and caregiver activity sheets can be used to strengthen language development of their children at home with simple and fun activities
  • Ideas for reaching out and supporting families and caregivers as they use the activity sheets


School district and school staff working with English learner students in grades K–5.



February 3, 2021


Contact Information
Laura Buckner, 415-615-3374

Family Engagement (Early Learning), Early Learning and ELs (English Learner Students)


  • Johnpaul Lapid, REL West
  • Heidi Larson, REL Northeast & Islands
  • Karen Pérez, Parent
  • Kelli Scardina, REL Northwest
  • Lori Van Houten, REL West