In order to front-load information and to get parents involved, I usually send links to all resources that I use in the classroom. Through ClassDojo, I am able to share a hyperlink that directs parents to educational videos. In doing this, parents know what skills and strategies their child will be working on. It also provides parents with support in the event their child struggles with the homework.

My goal is that parents play the video, watch it with their child, and discuss it with their child.

There are other resources that teachers will find beneficial such as an option for parents to translate messages into 30+ languages.

Damaris Sanchez is a second grade teacher at Clark, a PreK–8 school. She has been teaching for three years, all in the second grade. Damaris has a Bachelor of Science in Education and has successfully completed three years of the Resident Educator Program. She is currently in the process of completing her fourth and final year of this program. Damaris’ next step in her ongoing professional development is to earn her TESOL endorsement. Damaris became a teacher because of the challenges she faced while learning English as a child. She grew up in a traditional family with loving parents who were born and raised in Puerto Rico and only spoke Spanish at home. As a child, she had very little support academically at home because of the language barrier and she struggled academically at school. Today, Damaris sees similar experiences among her students and strives to connect with them as a previous ESL student and a bilingual teacher. She relates to their struggles, because she has the background knowledge of learning English while still trying to hold onto her native language. She works from the understanding that the same approach and methods used to help ESL students are also effective intervention strategies that can benefit struggling readers in general. Damaris’s overall goal as a teacher is to inspire her students and to give them a sense of hope that it gets easier over time.