Family Toolkit - Chapter 06 - Section 05 - English

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Elementary School 

ESSA Advocacy Toolkit. National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Growth Mindset: Parents can access the Mindset Kit website to learn about a growth mindset and why it’s important for children. The website offers examples of ways parents may support their children in gaining a growth mindset. This resource is available in English and Spanish.

Illinois Early Learning Tip Sheets are easy-to-read, one-page resources on a variety of topics. These may be of interest to parents and teachers of young children. All tip sheets are available in English, Spanish, and Polish. Selected tip sheets are available in Korean, Chinese, Arabic, and French.

Minnesota Humanities Center provides reading tips for families of young children, available in English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Vietnamese, Amharic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Farsi, Green Hmong, White Hmong, Japanese, Hindi, Lao, Mende, Nuer, Oromo, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Tibetan, Urdu, and Tigrinya.

The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) includes millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. Its website has resources on supporting college and career readiness for your child. This resource is available in English and Spanish.

Teachers and Families of Dual Language Learners (DLLs): Partners from the Start. This webpage has information for families and teachers about how to help students with dual languages. This resource is available in English and Spanish.

Telemundo has education tips and videos for Spanish-speaking families and students. This resource is available in Spanish.

Middle/High School

The EducationQuest Foundation website provides free college planning resources in English and Spanish. This resource is available in English and Spanish.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund website has helpful resources, from how to prepare for college, to interviewing tips, and scholarship information. This resource is available in English and Spanish.

The University of Chicago provides an information sheet for parents of students entering high school. The sheet explains what is important for student success in high school and beyond. This resource is available in English and Spanish.

Postsecondary Education

Federal Student Aid is an office of the United States Department of Education that provides information about applying for financial aid for students who plan to attend career schools, colleges, and universities. The website offers resources and guidance for students in families for applying, receiving, and repaying college loans. This resource is available in English and Spanish.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators offers a “Tip Sheet for Undocumented Students.” It answers questions about paying for postsecondary education (e.g., professional certification, community college, university, graduate school).

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). (2015). Dear Colleague Letter: English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents. Retrieved from This Dear Colleague letter reminds states, school districts, and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential. More information about OCR, including how to file a complaint, can be found at This resource is available in numerous languages, including Spanish, Korean, Arabic, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

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