State law requires parent and family engagement as a component of English Language Learner (ELL) programs.
English Learner Policy Handbook: Parental Engagement & Support
This handbook provides guidance to districts on providing services to English learners and addresses parental engagement and support.
Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 13.13 Program approved by department.
(1) Each school district establishing a bilingual-bicultural education program shall provide to the department a written description of the program that addresses the requirements under this subchapter. The description shall include information on all of the following:
- (a) The program design, objectives, staffing, and evaluation procedures.
- (b) Staff certification, professional development activities, parent involvement activities and instructional materials to be used in the program.
Wisconsin Statutes 115.98. Bilingual-bicultural advisory committee.
In each school district which establishes a bilingual-bicultural education program under this subchapter, the school board may appoint a bilingual-bicultural advisory committee to afford parents and educators of limited-English proficient pupils the opportunity to advise the school board of their views and to ensure that a program is planned, operated and evaluated with their involvement and consultation. The committee shall assist the school board in informing educators, parents and legal custodians of limited-English proficient pupils that a program exists. The committee shall be composed of parents of limited-English proficient pupils enrolled in the bilingual-bicultural education program, bilingual and other teachers, bilingual teacher’s aides, bilingual and other counselors and bilingual counselor’s aides in the district, at least one representative from the community and a representative of the school district administration.