America has always been a place for newcomers — and schools are where we lay out the welcome mat. Amid the challenges of political hostility, declining resources, and violent conflicts that fuel mass migration, educators stand at the forefront, opening their classrooms to an increasingly diverse and global population of students — immigrants, undocumented students, English learners, and refugees — from near and far.
In a special series, we look at the strategies and practices that best support these newcomer students and their families, sharing insights that educators and school leaders can use to guide their work.
What educators should know about the often-painful experiences of newly arriving children — and how to help.
Insights for school and district leaders on how to welcome and support today's new arrivals, amid shifting demographics.
Young children are increasingly linguistically diverse. How can early childhood educators provide a safe, nurturing environment?
Strategies for educators working across language and cultural differences to make families feel at home in their new schools.
“Early education settings need to be places where dual-language learners and their families know that they have the ‘right to speak,’ that they will be heard with respect.”
– Paola Uccelli, professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
In the new norms of 2018, here's how teachers can use civics lessons to support and empower newcomer students.
What do refugee students need for lifelong success, and how can educators prepare them for inevitable challenges?
What mainstream classroom teachers should know about teaching English learners.
How teachers can create a safe and inclusive environment for students navigating immigration status concerns.
“Immigrant students have the determination, grit, perseverance, and problem-solving skills we say we value. So why aren’t their strengths better recognized? ”
– Jessica Lander, high school teacher, advocate for English learners
An asset-based approach to newcomer students, emphasizing what they have (not what they lack).
We’re learning that speaking two languages can strengthen executive function skills, such as attention control and problem solving.
Real teacher questions about academic vocabulary instruction and welcoming bilingualism, answered by specialists.