What You'll Find in This Section
Learn more about registration and enrollment policies for ELLs and immigrant students in U.S. public schools. We highly recommend our related video interview from Attorney Roger Rosenthal, as well as this tip sheet from the American Federation of Teachers, for additional information.
Photo credit: Becoming Bilingual (PBS Launching Young Readers series).
Many different stakeholders in a school community may have questions about immigration enforcement on or near school campuses. This page lays out some general information, as well as examples of how specific school districts are addressing these questions.
Researchers estimate that there are between 4-6 million children in U.S. public schools who have at least one family member who is undocumented, and the majority of these children are U.S. citizens themselves. These families are known as "mixed-status" families. Learn more about the unique challenges and concerns for these families from the resources below, as well as the strengths and achievements that educators are seeing their immigrant students and families demonstrate during uncertain times.
As news reports about the future of DACA dominate the headlines, schools and individual educators can play an important role in helping to inform and support immigrant students and families during uncertain times.
A number of immigrant families across the United States are facing a complex set of decisions: whether to stay in the U.S., where they may have lived for many years, or to return to their home countries.
English language learners can face a number of difficult situations at a young age, such as moving to a new country, trying to fit into a new school, and learning a different language. ELLs may also have responsibilites in their families for younger siblings, for contributing to the family by working, or for translating for their parents. In addition, special populations may face traumatic experiences. These resources provide guidance on how to help address some of these needs and considerations for students of different ages.