Healthy Cultural Identities and Engaging Families and Communities

On-Site Training Module

Participants explore the benefits of connecting young people to their home languages and cultures, and will learn how to effectively engage with EL families and communities.

In this training, participants will:

  • Explore how to implement cultural identity support in programs

  • Gain strategies for creating welcoming environments

  • Assess program's efforts to effectively develop the cultural identities of the ELs in their program and engage their families and communities

Content Overview:

Cupcake Exchange Quotes

Participants take turns pairing up to read quotes from ELs. This will prepare them to understand some of the issues children/youth are grappling with in building healthy cultural identities.

New Americans Video: Gaining Perspective on Immigrant and EL Families' Lives

Through a video and follow-up activity, participants will learn about the experiences of immigrant and EL families and communities.

Tips for Engaging Families and Communities

Participants will be introduced to a set of 5 Tips for Engaging Families and Communities and will discuss ways in which they can implement the tips in their program.

Resource Mapping

In this activity, participants will begin identifying resources and services that could be useful for the families of English Learner's in their program.

Training Length: 4 hours

eLearning Module

This online course serves as a compliment to Healthy Cultural Identities and Engaging Families and Communities, an in-person training offered through CalSAC's English Learner Training and Professional Development Project. This course helps participants go deeper and gain more examples and strategies related to some of the 5 Tips for Engaging English Learners' Families and Communities introduced in the training.