Lincoln's ELL Family Technology Night connects families to local resources

By: School District 69
Published: January 9, 2014 

On Thursday, December 19, twenty families attended Lincoln Junior High's English Language Learners (ELL) Family Technology Night. This was the second in a series of events to promote family engagement co-planned by Lincoln's ELL teaching team and Y.O.U.'s Community School Initiative. Intended to inform parents of ELL students about the technology resources available through the school and in the community, the event was supported by four interpreters speaking Arabic, Assyrian, Spanish, and Urdu.

Volunteers from Lincoln's Student Government, Lincoln's staff, and District 219's Education-to-Careers Initiative helped greet families, answer individual questions, provide childcare for younger siblings, and serve dinner. The evening began with a welcome from Principal Paul Bleuher and Community School Manager Erin Moore. Skokie Public Library's Teen Librarian Shauna Masura gave an overview of resources such as walk-up computer labs and live online homework help. The Niles Township ELL Parent Center offered information about their computer classes.

Parents were also oriented to District 69's online resources such as Home Logic and Compass Odyssey by teachers Terese Prena and Haidee Fernandez. Additionally, parent leader Zareena Parveen gave a brief speech about her experience as an immigrant and a parent using technology to stay informed about her daughter's education.

Ms. Parveen expressed her appreciation for the event, saying, "We have so much in front of us as parents; we just need to extend our hand."

The evening concluded with time for parents and students to practice exploring online resources together in Lincoln's computer lab.

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