Supporting English Language Learners Through Parental and Community Engagement


Meriwynn Mansori, Ph.D., Manager of Instructional Services, VIF International Education
Emily Liebtag, Ed.D., Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design, VIF International Education  


Wednesday, ​23 September 2015
10:30 am–12:00 pm ET


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Who Should Attend?

K-12 ESL teachers, instructional coaches, administrators

More About This Seminar

Engaging with ELLs’ communities provides a rich source for building their understanding of the world around them. Too often, however, this resource remains untapped because of barriers to engaging ELL parents, many of whom feel marginalized from their child’s school experience. In this module, you will learn how to integrate parents into the school community. You will look at ways to create a school community that welcomes all parents to become active participants in their children’s education, through traditional and nontraditional approaches to communication, engagement, and logistical strategies, including, for example, international festivals, culture nights, and service­learning projects.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn
  • to examine why engaging parents is important to ELLs
  • to identify common barriers to parental involvement
  • strategies that can be used to engage parents of ELLs

About the Presenter

Meriwynn Mansori, Ph.D., is Manager of Instructional Services at VIF International Education. Meriwynn designs curricular and professional development resources focused on language acquisition, global education, inquiry-based learning, and 21st-century skills. Previously, Meriwynn taught 8th grade ESL in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and worked as an EFL teacher in Madrid, Spain. She has taught Spanish literature, language and culture courses at The Carolina School of Languages, Colby College, and The Johns Hopkins University.  She has a MA in Hispanic Studies and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from The Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in English and Spanish Literature from Mt. Holyoke College.

Emily Liebtag, Ed.D., is Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design at VIF International Education. Emily helps create educational and professional development resources focused on global education, inquiry-based learning and 21st-century skills. Before joining VIF, Emily taught second grade in Durham Public Schools in North Carolina. She has received her ESOL certification, her M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ed.D. in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the University of Virginia.