Immigrants and Refugees

A school comes together to help immigrants to learn – Education Article

  The Donald McKay School in East Boston, where I serve as principal, has always reflected our community not only in terms of population, but also in spirit and approach. For generations, immigrant strivers have called East Boston their Gateway to America. Today, East Boston is home to the highest percentage of foreign-born citizens in any Boston neighborhood. Here, we are the proud educators of the next generation of strivers in a school that is 89 percent Latino, the majority…

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How teachers are helping students affected by deportations – Education Article

While teaching in the bilingual program at Armijo Elementary School in Albuquerque several years ago, Juan Ortega provided support to one of his fourth graders whose father was deported. Ortega is a dual-language teacher at Coronado Elementary now, but hopes to return to Armijo as principal one day Courtesy of Juan Ortega SANTA FE, N.M. — Albuquerque teacher Juan Ortega saw a change in one of his fourth graders after the boy came home from school one day to find…

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After a hate crime, a town welcomes immigrant students into its schools – Education Article

Dalimar Rastello, director of Patchogue-Medford school district’s language programs, checks in on an immigrant student at the high school. Sarah Garland/The Hechinger Report This story is part of a series about how schools, teachers and students are coping with the immigration crisis. PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — Wilda Rosario’s support groups for immigrant students at Patchogue-Medford High School usually start out with lots of laughter. That’s just how teenagers are, she says. But it doesn’t take too long for conversations to turn…

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A school superintendent helps students and their families after an ICE raid – Education Article

Hermenegildo Rubio stands with his children (from left) Abby, 16, Adam, 10, Danny, 20, and Noemi, 13, in the living room of his Honey Grove home. Photo: Kate Kilpatrick for The Hechinger Report This story is part of a series about how schools, teachers and students are coping with the immigration crisis. HONEY GROVE, Texas — Abigail Rubio, 16, was eating lunch in the cafeteria of Honey Grove High School when she found out ICE was raiding the trailer factory…

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LA teacher strike puts spotlight on nation’s school counselor shortage – Education Article

At 7 a.m., on day four of the strike, Nadia Morales, a counselor at Los Angeles High School, and Pedro Martinez, a social-studies teacher at Eagle Rock High School, prepare their children for the day. E. Tammy Kim/Hechinger Report LOS ANGELES — Thirty years ago, when United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the union representing rank-and-file educators in the county’s public schools, went on strike, Nadia Morales and Pedro Martinez were students at Los Angeles High School. Morales was the straight-A,…

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How the world fails in educating refugee girls – Education Article

KAKUMA, Kenya—A sea of 76 students in bright violet uniforms with pointed white collars confronted Jessica Deng as she stepped into her classroom. The students – all girls in the eighth grade – crowded around worn wooden desks and battered textbooks as she briskly set them to work on a math problem calculating the speed of someone who travels 80 kilometers in 4 hours. The equatorial sun had begun to heat up the September day and burned through the curtainless…

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‘I grew up being called a terrorist’ – Education Article

Two years after 9/11, when I was 6 years old, my family moved from Cairo to a predominantly white neighborhood in central New Jersey. It was all too common for the kids in the area to make comments like, “Hey Engy, don’t blow up the building.”   I grew up being called a terrorist. People around the country were greatly impacted by 9/11, especially my neighbors who had felt this act of terror firsthand. On its anniversary, my fifth-grade class…

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