In this video, Kathleen Donovan, Parent Resource Center Coordinator for Arlington Public Schools and parent, Gina Argotti discuss how they used the platform of a Spanish language soap opera, or telenovela, to explain and demystify the special education process for Spanish speaking families. This series was designed to support the engagement of families in the special education process, share information, encourage advocacy skills, and foster collaborative home-school partnerships which positively impact student success. The telenovela, La Sopa de la Abuela (Grandma’s Soup), was created by a design team that included family and staff members. In addition to the Stories from the Classroom Video, you can view the all five episodes and supporting materials on the Arlington Public Schools Parent Resource Center webpage.
Use the quick guide to help facilitate reflection and discussion using this video. The quick guide can be used if you have about 15 minutes to view the video and facilitate a discussion.