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The following resources highlight strategies that educators around the country are using to support their English language learner (ELL) and immigrant families in a range of districts with varying sizes and diverse populations.
Administrators at the school and district level have an important role to play when it comes to supporting immigrant students. Not only can they have an impact on how resources for staff, language interpretation, and program support are used, but they set the tone for the building or district. Learn more from administrators who have worked hard to create a welcoming environment for their families from these resources.
One way to develop a team that is well-positioned to support immigrant students is to make time for collaboration and professional development. A single, well-informed staff member can make a difference not only in the lives of a family but for the whole school community. Here are some ideas on how to integrate more collaboration and professional development throughout the school.
Community organizations can play a critical role in providing information and support to immigrant families. This may include addressing families' basic needs, as well as legal advice and updates. The resources below share examples from schools that have strong connections with community partners. Additional information is available in our Community Connections resource section.
School districts can do a number of things to support immigrant families in their community such as communicating with families and providing updated information for school personnel. Here are some examples of steps that school districts around the country have taken to help their families.
When thinking about how best to support immigrant students, an important first step is to talk with families themselves to find out their questions and concerns, as well as their ideas and strategies for coping with difficult situations. Learn more from leaders doing just that in the resources below.