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Immigrant and Newcomer Students

Civil Rights for Newcomers and Immigrants Video

The following video was developed to provide district and school administrators with essential information on supporting immigrant students who are newly arrived to the United States. Topics include:

  • Resources
  • Laws and Funding
  • Students without Records, and
  • Best Practices

Administrators may also download the presentation slides which include active links for all referenced guidance and resources.

See below for links from the presentation:

Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE)

Social Emotional Learning: A Guide to Systemic Whole School Implementation 

Trauma-Sensitive Strategies for School Success

- McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

CUNY Initiative on Immigration and Education

OBEWL supports the City University of New York's Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY IIE), which provides resources to help educational stakeholders learn from immigrant students, families, and educators directly impacted by restrictive immigration policies and educational inequality. These multimodal and multilingual resources seek to center the strengths of mixed status immigrant communities that include undocumented, refugee, and asylum-seeking members. 

Supporting Immigrants in Schools
The Supporting Immigrants in Schools series includes videos and a reference guide providing information on creating safe and welcoming environments for immigrant students and families.

Comprehensive Educator Modules
The Comprehensive Educator Modules serve as a companion to the Supporting Immigrants in Schools video series. Each professional development module features a set of activities and guides to help educators learn, act, and advocate in the classroom around the topics of Key Immigration Issues, Immigration in Elementary Schools, Immigration in Secondary Schools, and Refugees and Immigrants in Schools.

UndocuEdu is an immigrant-led initiative that uplifts undocumented educators. This initiative includes a 3-part video series that highlights the experiences of undocumented individuals navigating teacher certification and community-based teaching opportunities.

Updated 10/17/2023