RESOURCES FOR ANYONE WORKING WITH STUDENTS

Remember…U.S. law requires children five and older to attend school full-time until the end of the school year in which they turn 16. Parents and guardians may risk their own status if children are not registered and attending school.Sign up in the school district where you live. If you are not sure of the district, contact UIDN.

Unless otherwise noted websites and materials listed here are in English only.

Protecting Our Students (4 pp) explains basic rights plus 15 things schools can do to help protect undocumented students and families and how to plan for immigration-related family emergencies. Produced by the American Federation of Teachers, First Focus,  National Immigration Law Center, and United We Dream.

Best Practices for Serving English Language Learners and Their Families (Jarah Botello, Maya Lindberg, Lauryn Mascareñaz, Steffany Moyer, Hoyt J. Phillips III, Adrienne van der Valk, Teaching Tolerance, 2018, 17 pp) Topics include classroom culture, family and community engagement, instruction, anti-bias strategies, planning and program monitoring.

Eight steps to establish support systems for undocumented students: How colleges and universities can help (Kevin Escudero, The Hechinger Report, May 8, 2017, 6 pp). Escudero, a faculty fellow with Brown University’s Undocumented Student Program provides real-world examples for each proposed step.

Frequently Asked Questions for School Officials (Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Center for Community Change, 2017, 8 pp). The focus is on what to do about ICE but there are also suggestions for how schools can support immigrant students and families.

Guidance on Rights of Immigrant Students and Dignity for All Students Act (New York State Education Dept., 2017, in 20 languages including Spanish and English) provides information on students’ rights with ideas for creating and keeping classrooms as safe havens for all.

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff (United We Dream, National Immigration Law Center, First Focus, and American Federation of Teachers, 2016, 32 pp) Includes, facts, advice, and actions for schools and communities with “tear & shares” to distribute. Also explains the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which prohibits schools from giving student information to immigration agents without parental consent. A 6-page summary appeared in Teaching Tolerance, Spring 2017.

Racial Justice in Education: Resource Guide (National Education Association Ed Justice League, 2018, 80 pp) emphasizes awareness, capacity, and action with material on creating a welcoming environment and additional resources. EdJustice also reports on actions by teachers around the country and offers know-your-rights flyers on DACA, (2018, 1 pp), Immigration and Schools (2 pp), and Immigration Enforcement (4 pp).

Safe Havens: Protecting and Supporting New York State’s Immigrant Students (Education Trust NY, Advocates for Children of NY, New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), and Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, 2017, 22 pp) includes recommendations for how the state, school districts, and individual schools can improve support for students. Additional NYIC materials for educators on mental health, activities, higher education, bullying, and more.

Tuition and State Aid for Undocumented Students and DACA Grantees (2015, 2 pp) and Here to Stay Toolkit: K-12 and Higher Education Educators and Schools (updated 2018, 55 pp) both from United We Dream.

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