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TESL Canada Journal, v29 spec iss 6 p224-230 2012

The Coalition for Equal Access to Education (CEAE) is a Calgary-based nonprofit organization committed to working with community, education, and government stakeholders to promote access to quality, equitable education and services for K-12 English-as-a-second-language (ESL) learners. CEAE is active in developing innovative projects, research publications, and informing policy and decision-makers on issues that affect education and services for children and youth. In addition, the organization engages in community development initiatives through literacy development support for ethnocultural children and youth, leadership training on active parental involvement, and promotion of systemic change and cultural competence. In its work to address the complex needs of ESL children, families, and the professionals who support them, the CEAE has developed Helping Children Learn at Home, a parents' program that supports ethnocultural parents in creating healthy learning environments in the home, in understanding better and addressing their young children's learning needs, learning about the Canadian education system, and contributing to decision-making processes in schools and in the community that affects their children's educational success. This article describes the program and the pilot session completed in February 2011. The evaluation phase included feedback from the participants, the CEAE staff, and the curriculum developers in order to produce and publish a completed version of the document, which will be available for use by other agencies.

Descriptors: Access to Education, Stakeholders, Nonprofit Organizations, Foreign Countries, Feedback (Response), Educational Change, Community Development, Leadership Training, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Educational Quality, Literacy, Cultural Awareness, Decision Making, Curriculum Development, Student Needs, Family Environment

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Autor: Jasinski, Mary-Anne


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