Focus on Multilingual Families

Reading List for Multilingual Children and Families

Books not only have the power to tell fictional stories, but books can also realistically represent cultures and our personal lives as well. Multilingual families can use books as a vehicle through which they can tell the story of their past, their culture, and their values. Reading books together can become a great family tradition...

Family School Partnership Award Winner Julia R. Masterman: Unifying Diverse Populations

At Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, there is a convergence of students from all around the city. Masterman has a unique position of being both a middle and high school, and students join the school community at different points. Because Masterman’s population includes students and families from every Philadelphia neighborhood, the student body...

Potter-Thomas All Star Volunteer: Luz Pratts

There’s something to be said about what a big difference a consistent parent volunteer makes at any school. The Potter-Thomas Promise Academy community has seen this firsthand through parent volunteer, Ms. Luz Pratts. Ms. Pratts, more affectionately known as “Ms. Luz” at Potter-Thomas, is a parent leader, a member of the School Advisory Council (SAC),...

Interpretation Services 101: Tips and Information for All

Have you ever wondered about the difference between translation and interpretation? Are you new to utilizing language interpreters in your school community? The Office of Family and Community Engagement’s Multilingual Family Support Team is here to help! Among the many services and supports they provide to immigrant and refugee families throughout the School District of...

Family School Partnership Award Winner: Abram S. Jenks School

The Office of Family and Community Engagement awarded Abram S. Jenks School in South Philadelphia with the Family School Partnership Award this past October. A.S. Jenks models what family engagement can look like in a school--organic, innovative, and heartfelt. Organic Representatives from A.S. Jenks accept the Family School Partnership Award from Superintendent Dr. William Hite...

Learn About Multilingual Family Supports: Welcome Wagons & Circles of Literacy

The Welcome Wagon activities are an initiative developed by the Multilingual Family Support Unit to educate limited-English proficient (LEP) families of the services, opportunities and resources available to students and families at the School District of Philadelphia. Through workshops and training facilitated by the Bilingual Counseling Assistants (BCAs) and offered at schools, community organizations, and...