AskNCELA has new responses to your frequently asked questions! These FAQs were submitted during OELA’s January 2022 webinar, Education and Afghan Newcomers: Keeping the Promise, hosted in partnership with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Office for Civil Rights:
1. What resources exist to support adult education?
For information on adult education resources visit the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). OCTAE administers and coordinates programs related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education (CTE), and community colleges. For news about career and technical education, access the OCTAE Connection Newsletter and OCTAE Blog. OELA has also recently released an infographic on the benefits of CTE for multilingual learners.
2. What can we do to help parents understand their roles in K-12 education systems?
The Family and Community Engagement Team at the U.S. Department of Education is dedicated to strengthening the voices of families by focusing on the needs of students with the mission to allow every student to reach their full potential. Their website provides many resources on how family members can support their children in U.S. schools. In addition, the English Learner Family Toolkit produced by OELA is intended to help families advocate for their children’s needs in U.S. educational context. Educators, elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and other school staff can share the toolkit as a resource for English learners and their families. Two chapters of the toolkit are currently published, and additional chapters are forthcoming.