NHPS Hosts Annual ELL/Bilingual Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday, June 4, 2011
 
 
CONTACT:
Christopher Hoffman
203-946-8450
 
 
 
NHPS HOLDS ANNUAL ELL/BILINGUAL CONFERENCE WITH THEME OF GROWING UP IN A MULTILINGUAL SOCIETY
 
 
 
The New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) today held its Annual ELL/Bilingual Literacy Parent Conference with the theme of “Growing Up in a Multilingual Society.”
 
 
 
The conference featured festivities for the entire family, including a cultural fashion show. New Haven public school students modeled clothing from their family’s culture. In addition, various New Haven public school bands performed cultural music.
 
 
 
“This conference is about celebrating English Language Learner students and families and helping them thrive in New Haven’s multicultural and multilingual society,” Department of English Language Learners Programs Supervisor Pedro Mendia-Landa said. “We want to assure that parents are fully informed of all programs and options the New Haven Public Schools have to offer. Our goal is to support New Haven’s bilingual families and students and help them succeed in a new culture.”
 
 
NHPS students come from 80 countries and speak 68 languages. The most common languages in order are Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, French, Turkish, Korean and Russian. The district has about 2,400 English Language Learner students, more than 10 percent of its student body.
 
 
The conference also provided informational sessions for parents. One session described program options, providing information to help parents decide whether to place their child in a bilingual or dual language classroom and whether to accept English-as-a-second-language services.
 
 
 
Another session explained the New Haven Promise college scholarship program, which  provides generous college tuition assistant to eligible New Haven students. Other sessions were on literacy development and how to help students succeed academically.
 
All attendees received free books and other reading materials.
 
 
 
The Annual Ell/Bilingual Literacy Parent Conference is sponsored by the NHPS’ Department of English Language Learners Programs.