Building Connections between Home and School for Newcomer Families and Educators

10:50am - 12:00pm EDT
Presented at: REL Event on Newcomer Students

Schools are often one of the first American institutions where newcomer families interact with the local community, an anchor for their settlement in the United States. Immigrant and refugee integration is a two-way process, requiring inclusive practices by the school and open communication among students, families, educators, and the community.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the diversity of newcomer family backgrounds, including youth who are unaccompanied minors or families with mixed documentation; federal requirements to accommodate newcomer families; how to bridge family and school expectations for family involvement; and promising practices to build an inclusive school where all students and their families feel welcome, leading to successful student outcomes.