Title III Family and Community Engagement

emptyWe offer special programs to help meet the needs of our families with English learners above and beyond the classroom. The goal of our family support programming is to increase family and community engagement. When our schools and families work together, we can make sure our multilingual learners master the English language and develop high levels of academic achievement.

Our services are an extra supplement to our students and families. We use surveys, consultations, and the guidelines provided by the Texas Education Agency to constantly improve our work. We engage with families, schools, teachers and with the community in order to support our students and use research-based practices in our teaching. Our services are part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that was reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Support programs

We want to help strengthen the knowledge, skills, networks and confidence of our families so that they can work closely with their schools. Our programs help us do that by giving access to free ESL for adults, learning opportunities and educational field trips.

The Evening Study Center

Our Evening Study Center provides educational classes for parents who would like to improve their oral and written skills in English. We offer four levels of English taught by Garland ISD certified teachers. Our teachers build relationships with families and provide help with school matters as well.

Spanish GED classes

Our study center can also help those who want to earn a high school diploma equivalency and better career opportunities. Through our partnership with Dallas College Eastfield, families can work with us to prepare for the Spanish GED test.

Parent workshops

We offer workshops to help our families become familiar with our school system and more. Our workshops topics include:

  • The 3 main roles of parental engagement
  • Helping your child with homework
  • Getting ready for parent-teacher conferences
  • Understanding if your child is making progress in learning English
  • Knowing if your child is making academic progress
  • Asking the right questions to schools
  • Skyward basics
  • Creating a Canvas parent account

For information on available classes, visit our parent workshop calendar.

Field trips

Together with our community partners, our multilingual learner families are able to participate in field trips that allow them to experience the opportunities that are available to their children. Through our field trips, families can visit places such as:

  • The Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center
  • The Perot Museum of Science
  • The College Preparation Camp

Because of the current social distancing policies, we are working on building our virtual field trip plan for this school year. More information is coming soon.

Social work services for ELL families

We offer support by licensed mental health providers to students, families and school staff. These services include:

  • evidence-based behavioral, social-emotional and mental health services
  • a safe and fair school climate and culture supporting positive academic and behavior results
  • partnerships with school and community resources empowering students and families to reach their full potential

Contact us

For more information, contact:

Department of English Language Learners

Families can also complete the Family Needs Form to get in contact with our Social Work Services.