Family & Parent Involvement
in the Education of ESL
Course Name: Family & Parent Involvement in the Education of ESL
Course Number: EDUC 4430.01
Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
Class Times: M-F 1:30-3:10 pm (Jan. 5 - Jan. 26)
Class Location: EDFAM 124
For all students accepted into the DSC Elementary Education Program. This course
provides teacher candidates with information regarding the role of parents in the public schools
and ways to involve parents more fully in their children’s learning. Particular emphasis is
placed on the challenges and needs of parents of ESL children. Resources to support all parents
are explored. Instructional activities may include such things as lecture, small group work, guest
speakers, projects, etc. Fulfills a requirement for the ESL endorsement. 2 lecture hours per
Prerequisite: Admission to Dixie State College Elementary Education program.
There is no required text. However, required readings will be assigned in class and you
will have the opportunity to explore multiple texts and resources related to parent and family
involvement for ALL children.
Instructor: Dr. Brenda Sabey
Phone: 435-652-7841 office; 801-885-5666 cell
Office: 140 EDFAM
Office Hours: Mondays, 3-4 (after 1/26); Wednesdays, 10 -12
Graduates of DSC Education Programs are caring professionals
who are competent in subject matter and pedagogical
teaching skills, and qualified to teach in the State of Utah.
Graduates understand the following D.E.S.E.R.T. principles that
embody the Teacher Education Accreditation Council’s (TEAC)
Quality Principle I and accompanying cross‐cutting themes (i.e.,
multiple perspectives, technology, and independent learning), and align
with the Utah State Office of Education and the Interstate New
Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC)
D- Diversity: Teacher candidates understand that diversity differences (i.e., race, gender, ethnicity,
culture, individual differences) affect learning and know how to provide educational opportunities
that meet the needs of all students (TEAC Q.1, INTASC 2, 3).
E- Effective Pedagogy: Teacher candidates can create effective and meaningful lessons for all
students based on required subject matter knowledge and curriculum goals (TEAC Q.1, INTASC 4,
S-Subject Matter: Teacher candidates have a strong knowledge of the subject matter they will
teach and can facilitate the acquisition of that knowledge in their students (TEAC Q.1, INTASC 1).
E-Environment: Teacher candidates can create classroom environments that encourage active
learning, self-motivation, and social interaction among students (TEAC Q. 1, INTASC 5).
R-Reflective: Teacher candidates will be reflective practitioners, and independent and life-long
learners (TEAC Q.1, INTASC 9, 10).
T- Teaching Skills: Teacher candidates will foster a caring and professional relationship with
students that focus on acceptance and their educational needs. (TEAC Q.1, INTASC 2-8).
Program Standards: D.E.S.E.R.T. (DM) http://new.dixie.edu/education/program_philosophy.php
INTASC Standards: http://www.ccsso.org/intascst.html
Teacher Accreditation Education Council (TEAC) http://www.teac.org/accreditation/goals/index.asp
This course is designed to:
• Establish a theoretical and philosophical base for understanding parents and establishing parent-school
• Provide a model for education that involves the home, school and community.
• Provide skills, increased sensitivity, and a new understanding in working with parents as educational
• Develop essential problem-solving skills.
Course Learning Objectives
At the end of the course,
Course Objectives Course Assessments Standards
1. Students will be familiar with the National Standards for 1. Final Exam;
Parent and Family Involvement. Resource File
2. Students will gain insights into the culture of family life 2. Final Exam;
including cultural and linguistic variables. Resource File; Guest
3. Students will develop a professional resource file for Panel
effectively involving parents and family of learners 3. Resource File
(both ESL and native English speaking) in their
4. Students will develop problem-solving skills that will
aid them in creating a positive, effective learning 4. Resource File,
environment for ALL of their students. Principal Survey
Attendance and participation in class is critical to your success in this class. As we meet every day for
three weeks, missing class will be a problem. There are very few assignments outside of class, therefore, a
large portion of your grade is dependent on your attendance and participation in class. Your grade will be
impacted by absences or a pattern of tardiness or early departure.
If you are involved in a college-sponsored activity (athletics, student government, performance group,
etc.) and are required to miss class, please note the DSC Policy for Students 23.5.3. In summary, if you have to
miss class, you are responsible for informing me of schedule of absences, have written notification from the
faculty or staff member or coach, and make arrangements with me prior to the absence for the completion of
assignments or tests. If this is you, please review the policy carefully.
Assignments are due on specific days. All assignments must be submitted in order to pass the class.
Assignments submitted after the due dates will be docked 5% for every day they are late. If there are
extenuating circumstances, exceptions may be made. HOWEVER, it will be at the discretion of Dr. Sabey.
As stated in the DSC Student Handbook; “Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated at
Dixie State College (Academic Discipline Policy, 3.34)” including cheating, and plagiarism. These acts of
academic dishonesty are strictly prohibited. Any cheating will result in an immediate zero on the assignment or
test, and may result in failure of the class, or removal from the education program.
Cell phone use is absolutely prohibited during class. Your cell phone must be turned off and no calls
should be taken or made during class, and text messaging and games are a no-no. If you have an extenuating
circumstance that may require some use of your cell phone, you must come to Dr. Sabey and get approval.
Finally, disruptive behavior in class may also lead to an administrative withdrawal. Disruptive behavior is
defined as any behavior that interferes with the teacher's ability to teach or the learning of the other students.
This could include talking while someone else is (teacher or peer), doing other work in class, passing notes (yes,
I still have to mention that one), text messaging, using your cell phone, snoring (yup, it’s happened) and
anything else that might distract you, your classmates, or the teacher. You will be notified of your withdrawal in
1. A verbal request to comply with behavioral expectations of the class.
2. One written 'warning' letting you know that you have not made the required behavioral adjustment.
1. Administrative withdrawal.
The table below shows the correlation between letter grades and point percentages. Remember that college
work should reflect the maturity and experience of the student in neatness, organization, accuracy, and
relevance. (In other words – I grade on spelling, grammar, etc. as well as content. My philosophy is, if you’re
going to go out and teach young children to be literate, you should be able to demonstrate your competence in
your written work.)
Criteria for grading will be presented and discussed at the beginning of each assignment. If you are having
problems, please contact me early so you can get the help you need before things get out of hand.
A = 95-100 % B- = 80-82 D+ = 67-69
A- = 90-94 C+ = 77-79 D = 64-66
B+ = 87-89 C = 74-76 D- = 60-63
B = 83-86 C- = 70-73 F = below 59
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Location: Avenna Ctr.
Proper documentation of a disability is required in order to receive services or accommodations. Any
student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability must
provide a letter of accommodation to their professor from the Disability Resource Center within the first
two weeks of the beginning of classes. Please contact the Center on the main campus to follow through
with the documentation process. We are located in the Student Services Center Room #201, or you
may call for an appointment and further information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) at 652-7516.
1. Attendance and Participation: You will be able to earn up to 5 points per class period for attendance
and participation. If you show up on time and stay through all of class, you will earn 3 points. If you
engage in the class and contribute something, you will earn the other 2 points, for a total of 5 points. Of
course, this is a subjective grade, determined by none other than me, Dr. Sabey. In all honesty, I expect
everyone to earn 5 points each day. But, if you come to class and sit in your chair and barely keep your
head propped up, I’ll take away points. (5 points X 15 class periods = 75 points possible)
2. Principal Survey: You will each be required to interview a principal regarding his/her school’s policies
and practices related to the involvement of parents. The survey will be created as a class, then each of
you will interview a principal and summarize your findings. We will then use those results in class. (25
3. Parent Involvement Resource File: As a culminating assignment, you will each be required to create a
realistic, research-supported plan/file for developing an educational partnership with parents/family of
ALL your students. This will be based on the National Standards for Parent Involvement and your
learning about how to help ESL parents be involved in the education of their children. The emphasis is
on realistic. You should all determine the best way for you to create this file so it will be something you
will actually use. (75 points possible)
4. Final Exam: This will take place on the last day of class (Monday, January 26). (50 points possible)
Total Points Possible: 225
DATE TOPICS ASSIGNMENTS
Monday, Introduction to Class
Jan. 5 Review Syllabus
Tuesday, Why involve parents? Readings
Wednesday, National Parent Involvement Readings
Jan. 7 Standards
Thursday, National Parent Involvement Readings
Jan. 8 Standards
Friday, Parent Involvement Resource File Bring ideas for inclusion in Parent
Jan. 9 Involvement Resource File
Monday, Challenges/Barriers for ESL Parents Readings
Jan. 12 Prepare principal survey
Tuesday, Challenges/Barriers for ESL Parents Readings
Wednesday, Overcoming the Barriers for your Readings
Jan. 14 ESL Parents
Overcoming the Barriers for your Principal Interview Reports are
ESL Parents Due
Friday, Parent Involvement Resource File Bring ideas for overcoming
Jan. 16 barriers for involving ESL parents
NO CLASS – Human Rights Awareness Day
Tuesday, Guest Panel
Wednesday, Finish Up/Class Activity Readings
Jan. 21 Student Teaching Meeting
Parent Involvement Resource Files Initial Drafts of Parent
Involvement Resource Files are
Friday, Local/Community Resources for Parent Involvement Resource
Jan. 23 Parents Files are Due
LAST DAY OF CLASS FINAL EXAM
Semester Calendar: http://www.dixie.edu/reg/spring2009.html
Important Dates to Remember
Dates DSC Calendar Dates
Jan 5 Class begins
Jan 7 Last day to add without instructors permission
Jan 27 Pell grant census date
Jan 27 Last day for refund of tuition and fees
Jan 20 Late registration/payment fee
Jan 30 Last day to add classes with instructors permission
Feb 23 Midterm Grades Due
Feb 27 Last day to drop or audit classes
Mar 27 Last day for complete withdrawal from all classes
Apr 23 Last day of classes
DSC E-MAIL: Important class and college information will be sent to your Dmail account. This information
includes your DSC bill, financial aid/scholarship notices, and notification of dropped classes, reminders of
important dates and events, and other information critical to your success in this class and at DSC. All DSC
students are automatically assigned an e-mail account. If you don't know your user name and password, go to
http://dmail.dixie.edu for complete instructions. You will be held responsible for information sent to your
Dmail, so please check it often.