They’re calling it a game changer. New reading software for English Language Learners helps parents as well, because they don’t have to be embarrassed about their inability to speak English well in order to help their kids with homework.
In Clinton, Oklahoma, 45 percent of the district’s students are Hispanic and 35 percent are English Language Learners. Nance Elementary School Principal Janalyn Taylor says the adults face struggles, just as the children do.
“Some of our parents aren’t real comfortable with the English language,” she said. “They’re afraid they’re going to make a mistake if they speak.”
Parents also become frustrated because they are unable to read English and help their children. However, a change is coming. The district is purchasing Footsteps2Brilliance, a program that will allow every Clinton resident to have free reading software, games, and songs in both Spanish and English.
Beginning in August, children can access the program at home with family and in their classrooms. The software will also be available for tablets and smartphones.
“Our kids are going to use it and their parents are going to be able to learn right along side of them,” said Clinton Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Tyler Bridges. “I think it’s going to be a game-changer for our schools and our community.”