Immigrants

Education news, analysis, and opinion about immigrants, immigrants’ children and immigration
Templeton Students have opportunities throughout the school year to wear traditional garments from their Native countries. The students are always excited to share their cultures with others.
Students at Templeton Elementary in Riverdale, Md., wear garments from their native countries. The school works to make refugee students feel comfortable and supported, including by offering Afghan students a place to pray and halal food options.
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English-Language Learners Here's How Schools Are Helping Afghan Refugee Students
Districts are preparing to welcome students arriving from Afghanistan, with some even helping in evacuation efforts.
Ileana Najarro, September 22, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Educators Must 'Walk Alongside Afghans and Support Them'
Three educators who have experience working with refugee students offer practical advice on how to support newly arrived Afghan students.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 31, 2021
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Teaching Opinion 12 Ways to Support Afghan Refugee Students
Four teachers with experience teaching refugee students share their suggestions.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 25, 2021
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English-Language Learners English-Learners May Need More Support This Fall. But That Doesn't Mean They're Behind
English-language learners lost some opportunities—and gained others—during their months learning at home.
Ileana Najarro, June 22, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion I Am an Indian American Man. I Had Anti-Racist Work to Do
When adults reflect on who they are and where they come from, their awareness leads to better learning outcomes for their students.
Anil Hurkadli, June 10, 2021
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San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria along with other officials are among the group of elected officials who were given a tour of the temporary youth shelter at the San Diego Convention Center on March 27, 2021. The girls will be separated in sleeping areas that will host up to 50-girls per pod. The temporary shelter will max out about 1450 girls.
San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and other elected officials tour the temporary youth shelter at the San Diego Convention Center earlier this year. The shelter was set up to house 1,450 girls crossing into the United States from South and Central America.
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English-Language Learners Explainer Who's Teaching the Children Crossing the U.S. Border? Answers to 6 Questions
A growing number of unaccompanied minors are crossing into the U.S. via the southwestern border. What's happening with their education?
Dalia Faheid, June 7, 2021
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Lynette Faulkner, right, director at the Valencia Newcomer School, helps out new student Fernando Barron Escalante, 5, with his new iPad as he connects with classmates during remote learning on Sept. 2, 2020, in Phoenix.
Lynette Faulkner, right, director at the Valencia Newcomer School in Phoenix, Ariz., helps a new student connect with classmates for a remote lesson. Research on "newcomer schools" like this one can inform post-pandemic schooling practices now as students return to full-time learning, with many having experienced educational disruption, stress, and trauma not unlike that of many newly arrived immigrant students.
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Student Well-Being Helping Students Bounce Back From a Disrupted Year: Strategies for Schools
Research from disasters and programs for immigrant students offers clues on how schools can help students get back on track after COVID-19.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 24, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion Assumptions Teachers Often Make About Black Students and What to Do About Them
Skin color doesn’t tell you everything about someone’s background. Here’s how to look beyond race.
Adaurennaya Onyewuenyi , March 10, 2021
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English-Language Learners Opinion Thirteen Instructional Strategies for Supporting ELL Newcomers
Five educators share effective instructional strategies to use with English-language-learner newcomers, including using images and games.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 23, 2021
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English-Language Learners Webinar Examining the Evidence: Supporting Immigrant-Origin Students and English-Learners
Immigrant-origin children and English-learners are among the fastest growing school-age populations in the U.S. As two distinctly different groups of students with overlapping challenges, both immigrant-origin students and English-learners (ELs) often must navigate limited access
February 19, 2021
 Joe Biden departs a news conference after introducing his nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
Joe Biden departs a news conference after introducing his nominees and appointees to economic policy posts Dec. 1 in Wilmington, Del.
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Federal Biden Revokes Trump's 'Patriotic Education' Order, Will Shield DACA
Joe Biden took a flurry of executive actions on his first day as president that included a new government-wide emphasis on racial equity.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 20, 2021
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion I'm a First-Generation American. Here's What Helped Me Make It to College
A college junior shares three ways to help immigrant and first-generation students succeed in education.
Roni Lezama, January 11, 2021
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Law & Courts Supreme Court Tosses Challenge to Exclusion of Undocumented Immigrants From Census
The challenge to President Donald Trump's effort is being watched by educators concerned about its impact on federal funding.
Mark Walsh, December 18, 2020
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In this Nov. 14., 2020, file photo supporters of President Donald Trump attend pro-Trump marches outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats.
Supporters of President Donald Trump attend pro-Trump marches outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Nov. 14. The court heard arguments Nov. 30 over whether the Trump administration can exclude undocumented immigrants from the count used for divvying up congressional seats.
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Law & Courts Justices Weigh Trump Effort to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From Key Census Tally
Education groups expressed concern that excluding undocumented immigrants would affect census numbers used in federal funding programs.
Mark Walsh, November 30, 2020
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