The Crisis at the Border: What Educators Need to Know

These classroom resources and booklists address the topic of family separations, detention centers, and the situation of unaccompanied minors. The resources also include related news headlines from recent events as well as related events in prior years.

Note: We have selected a range of resources providing useful information for schools and educators. While some of this material includes advocacy information, Colorín Colorado and our parent organization, public broadcasting station WETA-TV-FM, do not take political positions or participate in political advocacy. In addition, if your students or families are looking for legal advice, we strongly encourage you to collaborate with immigration attorneys or organizations who have the most updated information possible.

Classroom Resources: Crisis at the Border

Tough Topics in the News

Tips for Talking with Kids

Study Guides & Classroom Activities

Related Booklists

Teaching Topics Related to Immigration & Civil Rights

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Information for Educators

Guide: Supporting Immigrant Students in Schools and Early Childhood Settings

Across the country, educators are looking for ways to support immigrant students and families facing great uncertainty. This comprehensive guide includes more than 50 strategies that educators, staff, and administrators can use to ensure that schools and early childhood settings remain safe, welcoming places for immigrant students and their families.

Addressing Trauma

The Experiences of Migrant Children and Families

Unaccompanied Minors

Many of the children who are currently in detention centers arrived to this country as unaccompanied minors. Learn more about this unique population from our resource section, the book Enrique's Journey, and author and journalist Sonia Nazario.

Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother (Adapted for Young Adults)

By Sonia Nazario

In 2007, Los Angeles Times reporter Sonia Nazario published Enrique's Journey, a book based on her Pulitzer-Prize winning reports about a teenage boy's harrowing trip north to the U.S. from Honduras to find his mother, who had immigrated to the U.S. eleven years earlier. Sonia has now published a Young Adult version of the compelling and gritty book adapted for readers 12 and older.

Video Interview with Sonia Nazario, Author of Enrique's Journey

Unaccompanied children and youth

Enrique's Journey: The story behind the story