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Multilingual Family Outreach Program
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The Multilingual Department's Family Outreach Specialists work directly with parents and families of English Learners (ELs) to empower them to become involved in all aspects of their children's education.

Our mission is to provide EL families with the support and resources they need to ensure that their children achieve school success, and to strengthen community engagement to accelerate the academic achievement of English Learners.
 
Multilingual Family Outreach Specialists collaborate with schools, other departments within
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MPS, and community organizations to engage families through language-specific presentations, workshops, and orientations that focus on topics such as:
  • How to create an environment of learning at home
  • How to communicate effectively with school staff in spite of literacy and language barriers
  • How to connect to school and community resources
  • How to participate in their children’s learning for greater school success
  • Goals and expectations for MPS students

Family Outreach Specialists are available during the school year  
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Said Garaad
Bilingual - Somali
612.668.0138
Said.Garaad@mpls.k12.mn.us
 
Mayra Faviola Garcia-Rivera
Bilingual - Spanish
612.668.0474
Mayra.Garcia-Rivera@mpls.k12.mn.us
 
Tom Yang
Bilingual - Hmong
612.668.5311
Lu.Yang@mpls.k12.mn.us