Community Schooling: Ecological Framework to Address English Learners & Their Families

Mark Strait

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Course Credits: 0.1 (1 hour) ASHA CEUs – Intermediate level, Professional area

Community Schooling is a proven, evidence-based practice to address the needs of the whole child while incorporating family and community partnerships.  English Learners and their families benefit greatly from a strength-based ecological approach that is characteristic of Community Schools (CS). The CS framework utilizes Response to Intervention (RTI) and/or Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) within an Integrated Student Supports (ISS) to enhance strategies, improve the efficiency of services and increases family engagement opportunities to ultimately increase school climate and student success.  This course will synthesize best practices regarding engagement specifically for EL’s and their families, identify specific frameworks, and provide strategies and resources to improve school-wide practices.

Instructor Information

 June Lucas Zillich, Ed.S., Certified Bilingual School Psychologist, is currently Lead School Psychologist for EBS while serving Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona.  She previously served as supervisor for Linkages to Learning Community Schools Initiative and Organizational Partnerships in the office of Community Engagement and Partnerships with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.  She has facilitated training nationally and locally in the areas of Response to Intervention (RTI), bilingual assessments, equity and cultural diversity in schools, and progress monitoring. She is certified as a Bilingual Cross-Cultural, Linguistic, Academic Development (BCLAD) specialist with over 20 years’ experience serving as an ESOL teacher, Bilingual (English-Spanish) teacher, disciplinary hearing officer and school psychologist.  She is from Los Angeles and currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Financial Disclosure: Other than being an employee of EBS Healthcare, June has no financial information to disclose.

Non-Financial Disclosure: June has no non-financial information to disclose.


Learner Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. identify policy & research to support EL’s & families.
  2. describe a strength-based ecological approach.
  3. describe key frameworks such as Community Schools, RTI/MTSS, within an Integrated Student Support system to help school-wide reform.
  4. identify strategies and resources to engage English Learners & their families.


  • 15 minutes: Overview of need, research and policy w/in ESSA
  • 15 minutes: Describe a strength-based ecological approach
  • 15 minutes: Discuss how the approach works within existing frameworks (CS, RTI, MTSS, ISS)
  • 15 minutes: Identify strategies to engage EL families- specifically Needs Assessments and Parent Governance Structures