All About working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families
Cultural Awareness Language Barrier Home-School Partnership Empowering Parents
Module Assessment
About this module
What readings can tell me more about this topic
What is it like to be a culturally and linguistically diverse parent introduced to the special education system?
How can I be a parent-friendly educator to families who are culturally and linguistically diverse?
What does research say about students who are culturally and linguistically diverse?

Hello, and welcome to the module
All About Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families!

This module was funded from a 2006 Sliver/Set-Aside grant from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) (more about the grant)

In This Module:

In this module, you'll get to meet María Avina, mother of Antonio. María co-authored this module with the intent to educate today’s teachers and future teachers about parent friendly practices when working with culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families. In this module, you will learn what research has to say about this topic, as well as María’s perspective.

Module Objectives:

After completing the entire module, you should be able to:

  1. Describe best-practice tips for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families.
  2. Understand one culturally and linguistically diverse parent’s perspective of the special education system.
  3. Learn about one mother’s experience with supporting her son educationally, academically, and socially.

All About . . . Module Series:

The "All About . . ." module series was created with the intent to educate today's teachers about parent-teacher collaboration within five key areas: (1) Inclusion; (2) Individualized Education Plans; (3) Behavior; (4) Transition; and (5) Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families. Too often teacher training programs address parent-teacher collaboration with very broad information making it difficult for educators to know detailed strategies for families who may be dealing with a child who has very specific needs. In response to this instructional gap, I partnered with various families and co-authored these modules to tell their story, their perspective, and to provide educators with their ideas and beliefs about effective parent-teacher collaboration. These modules are not meant to be used as sole learning packets about one of the five topics, but rather they are meant to be used as a supplementary to a class or unit that addresses the topic with the intent to include the family perspective about collaboration. It is our hope that you will find these modules to be useful and informative as you work with diverse students and their families through your career.

Tracy Gershwin Mueller, Ph.D. &
The families (Anna Stewart, Michelle Gonzalez-Yoder, Rob & Beth Schaffner, & María Avina)


To go through the content of this module, click on the topics above to go directly to the module chapters. You can go in any order and revisit any section. At the top right hand corner you can click on the home icon to return to the home page. On the right side, you can learn more about Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse families in the "I Wonder" section.

When you are done, click on the Module Assessment link (right top corner). A learning assessment will follow.