On June 25, EDC President and CEO David Offensend joined EDC’s Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS) team—Jackie Bourassa, Jess Gropen, Cindy Hoisington, Jessica Lavorgna, and Jeff Winokur—for a Family Science Event at the Connecticut Science Center (CSC) in Hartford. At the event, the team engaged children and families with a new set of interactive exhibit guides in Spanish and English that EDC and CSC designed to enhance science learning for young children who are learning English.
Funded by a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation Fund grant, LASErS is targeted to boost the academic success of preK–Grade 1 English learners from low-income families in Connecticut and serve as a model for other states. To promote students’ literacy and language development, LASErS engages families in their children’s early science and literacy learning—as at the June 25 Family Science Event at CSC—provides teachers with intensive, face-to-face professional development, and supports instructional coaches with online training. The model draws on research that shows that English learners benefit from a variety of communication opportunities, in and out of the classroom, that schools need to respect cultures and home languages, and that families are pivotal players in supporting learning.
- Read a related blog post by Jessica Lavorgna: "Culturally Responsive Family Engagement Practices"
Last Updated: July 2016