Educators can play a vital role by creating safe and welcoming classrooms for immigrant students and their families.
Our students' voices must drive the conversation about the best policies and practices in our schools, districts, and country. In preparation of the report Centering Student Voices in the Transformational Work of Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools for Undocumented Students and Families, our ImmSchools team conducted an extensive series of interviews with undocumented students. In this report, we document their challenges, strengths, and desires and put forth recommendations for honoring our students' expertise. This report is the first in what we hope to be a long line of reports that include more diverse voices of the immigrant community and that inform practices that benefit ALL students.Download Report
Public Education for Immigrant Students: Understanding Plyler v. Doe
In June 1982, the Supreme Court issued Plyler v. Doe, a landmark decision holding that states cannot constitutionally deny students a free public education on account of their immigration status.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students
The uLEAD (University Leaders for Educational Access and Diversity) Network is an online community of university leaders committed to broadening postsecondary access and support for all students, regardless of immigration status.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): What We Know and Can Do Now
Get the latest information and updates regarding DACA.
Urban Refugee Education
This website offers a wealth of resources documenting obstacles faced by displaced children in obtaining an education as well as guidelines, strategies and advocacy priorities to support greater educational access and quality for urban refugee children
Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School
This fact sheet provides examples of acceptable enrollment policies, such as requesting proof of residency in the school district, as well as policies that may not be used by schools to deny enrollment to your child.
Department of Homeland Security Sensitive Locations Memo FAQs
DHS Sensitive Locations Policy outlines how and to what extent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can engage in enforcement actions in sensitive locations such as schools, places of worship and hospitals.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Toolkit
In this toolkit, you will find a brief history of DACA, including an overview of the eligibility criteria; top five facts to help educators support DACA request efforts; extensive Frequently Asked Questions, and useful resources available to educators.
Temporary Protective Status: An Overview
This fact sheet provides an overview of how TPS designations are made, what benefits TPS confers, and how TPS beneficiaries apply for and regularly renew their status.
Immigration 101: Why Can’t Immigrants Just “Get Legal”, “Get in Line” and Get Their Papers?
America’s Voice provides an overview of the common misconceptions surrounding the adjustment of status for immigrant families.
NYC DOE Protecting Immigrant Families
Informed Immigrant Student Guide NEW
Embracing Our Strengths: How to Support Immigrant Families in Every U.S. State NEW
Discussing the Violence at the U.S. Capitol Occuring on January 6, 2021
This guide outlines key resources for speaking to students about the U.S. Capitol events on January 6, and for helping students of all ages process information about major U.S. events.
Immschools Educator & School Guide: Supporting Undocumented Families during COVID-19
This guide outlines key best practices and resources that educators and schools must adopt when supporting undocumented students and families during COVID-19 pandemic.
Supporting Undocumented Students and Families during COVID-19 in NYC Public Schools
Created in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Supporting the unique needs of Undocumented Students & Families during COVID-19
Prek-12 Home is Here DACA Decision Toolkit
The toolkit provides information for educators, families, school leaders, and district and state leaders on how to take action after the Supreme Court announces the DACA ruling.
K-12 Educator DACA Decision Resource
This resource will allow K-12 educators to have concrete tools on how to support the undocumented community during the Supreme Court’s Decision on DACA.
ImmSchools School Leader Best Practices
Learn about 10 best practices school and system leaders can adopt when supporting their undocumented and mixed status students and families. This resource also includes key resources for school leaders to engage with in creating a safe space for all students.
Educator For Fair Consideration Educator Resource Guide
This guide provides concrete examples of actions eductors can take—on an institutional level, alongside students, and as an individual—to protect undocumented students, increase support services, and ensure college access and graduation.
My Undocumented Life: Educator Resource Guide
Through this blog post by My Undocumented Life, you can find post-election recommendations for school administrators, educators, counselors, and undocumented students.
U.S. Department of Education Educator Resource Guide
Informed by research and promising practices, the U.S. Department of Education has compiled this Resource Guide to assist and enhance State and local efforts to support undocumented youth at the secondary and postsecondary school levels.
ImmSchools Educator Resource Guide
This printable one-page educator resource guide provides 10 ways educators can create a safe and welcoming classroom space for immigrant students. It also provides a space for educators to list local resources in their communities that provide services for undocumented and immigrant students and families.
United We Dream Unafraid Educator
Teaching Tolerance provides me with the means to promote social justice, challenge bias, and engage students in discussions about diversity that would perhaps not happen otherwise.
These classroom resources and booklists address the topic of family separations at the border and the situation of unaccompanied minors. We will add new resources as they become available.
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Lessons by education level.
The Support for Immigrant and Refugee Students Project Classroom Lesson Modules are designed to immigrant and refugee students’ socio-emotional needs while simultaneously expanding and enriching language and literacy development.
Immigrant Stories: Life Along the Border
These stories convey the complexity of life along the U.S. border with Mexico, from the sacrifices that parents make in leaving their home behind for a new life to the separation of mixed-status families.
New York Times: Immigration Picture Books
Whether they are nostalgic reveries of those who came long ago to this nation of immigrants, or the brutal nightmares of worldwide millions fleeing war, violence and persecution today, memories of migration matter. Telling these stories seems more important than ever — even, and some might say especially, to children. A wave of picture books has arrived to help with this difficult task.
Social Justice Books: Immigration
Below are titles we recommend on immigration and the immigrant experience with a focus on the United States.