The ILC Public Education Institute Educator Webinars give teachers the latest teaching strategies for working with immigrant students and and lesson plans for teaching about immigration in K-12 and adult classrooms. The Institute convenes the best education experts for free, professional development training every July in the two-day Immigrant Student Success virtual conference that features many experts and throughout the year for educator webinars. In addition to the online conference and webinars for educators, we host Immigrant Integration Webinars on related topics including immigrant trauma, local integration policies and re-framing the immigration narrative. We have also created “Welcome to the New World Curriculum and Learning Guide,” a series of lessons based on Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern, a nonfiction graphic novel following the Aldabaans, a family of Syrian refugees. The curriculum is appropriate for English or social studies classes in grades seven to 11.
A wealth of resources from our webinar series, including material from the 2022 Immigrant Student Success: Strategies and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators virtual conference, are available below.
To explore more of our educational resources, check out our account on Share My Lesson or explore our Educator Resource Hub, a searchable collection of more than 100 resources for teachers of immigrants and immigration.
2022 Immigrant Student Success Toolkit
Learn how to support your immigrant and refugee students and integrate immigration into your curricula with The ILC’s annual Immigrant Student Success conference. New this year: Specialized sessions for early childhood and elementary, middle and high, and adult ESOL educators. This year’s conference covered:
- How to foster belonging, identity and self-efficacy in your students
- How to incorporate culturally relevant pedagogies
- How more diverse books can improve student outcomes
- How to strengthen teacher-student relationships
- The impact of immigration on school safety
- Using theater to build student confidence in ESOL classrooms
- New immigration lesson plans from The ILC Public Education Institute
- And much more!
The ILC’s free virtual conference is for teachers, librarians, administrators, volunteers, social workers, community leaders and anyone interested in immigrants and immigration in K-12 and adult classrooms. This was the tenth annual Immigrant Student Success conference. The conference toolkit featuring highlights and resources is available here. Resources and recordings from this year’s conference are available below.
Day One – Tuesday, July 12, 11 AM – 2 PM
(all times EDT)
Recording available here.
Watch ONE of the following videos:
12:15 PM – 12:50 PM
Education Across Borders: Immigration, Race and Identity in the Classroom
- Jalene Tamerat, EdD, Sposato Graduate School of Education, Boston, MA
- Patrick Sylvain, PhD, Simmons University
- Adam Strom (moderator), Re-Imagining Migration
12:50 PM – 1:40 PM
Learning to See Race: Making Sense of Unexamined Beliefs and Rhetorical Paradoxes
- Alaisa Grudzinski, EdD, Sewanhaka High School, NY
1:58 PM – 2:00 PM
Wrap-up, Summary and Homework
- Denzil Mohammed, The ILC Public Education Institute
ADULT EDUCATION SESSION
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM
Transferable Skills in Digital Literacy with Padlet
- Christiana Gianetta, The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
11:25 AM – 11:45 AM
Drama for Dialogue, Learning and Community
- Kathleen McGovern, PhD, University of Southern Maine
- Enlivening Instruction with Drama and Improv: A Guide for Second Language and World Language Teachers
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Teaching to the Test: A Practical Guide to the Preparation of Immigrants and Refugees for the Citizenship Interview
- Andy Koppel, The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
- Script for Mock U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Naturalization Interview and Test – Teacher Version
- Script for Mock U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Naturalization Interview and Test – Student Version
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATOR SESSION
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
Highlight Immigrant Stories and Contributions in U.S. History with The ILC Teaching Resources
ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR SESSION
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
The Power of Authenticity: Selecting Authentic Representations of Immigration Stories from Children’s Literature to Enrich Teaching, Learning and Living
- Laura M Jimenez, PhD, Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
- Andrea Bien, PhD, Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Teach to Reach: Creating a Dynamic and Diverse Classroom Library
- Jill Eisenberg, Lee & Low Books
- Using Children’s Literature to Teach the Learning Arc Framework
- Home Library Questionnaire
- Classroom Library Questionnaire
- Classroom Library Questionnaire (in Spanish)