Educator Webinars

The ILC Public Education Institute professional development programs give teachers the latest teaching strategies for working with immigrant students and resources for teaching about immigration in PreK-12 and adult settings. The Institute convenes the best education experts for free, professional development training every July in the Immigrant Student Success virtual conference and throughout the year for educator webinars. .

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Upcoming Professional Development

2024 Immigrant Student Success Conference July 16 from 10 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 3 PM.

How do you support foreign-born students and bring immigration into the classroom? Participants will learn how to empower immigrant students, create more welcoming classrooms and center the immigrant voice across the curriculum in the free virtual conference 2024 Immigrant Student Success: Strategies and Tools for PreK-12 and Adult Educators on July 16, 2024. Massachusetts educators can receive PDPs for participating in this conference and completing related assignments.

United by Sports webinar September 17, 2024, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Whether playing tag at recess, participating in a youth sport or rooting for a professional team, research shows that sports can create community. K-12 teachers, youth coaches and anyone else who would like to learn how to leverage sports to increase belonging, health and resilience for all young people, and foreign-born children in particular, will benefit from United by Sports: Cultivating Health and Belonging from the Little to the Big Leagues on Tuesday, September 17, 7:00-8:30 PM ET. Massachusetts educators can receive PDPs for participating in this training and completing related assignments.

Earn Massachusetts Professional Development Points (PDPs)


The Immigrant Learning Center is a registered Professional Development Provider by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the English Language Learners, Safe & Supportive Learning Environments and History content areas. To receive PDPs, educators must participate in the required number of hours of training, complete an assessment of learning, and provide evidence of meeting the criteria for mastery. Certificates of completion are also available for those who attend any individual trainings. Contact Ariana Moir at [email protected] to learn more.

Recent Webinar

2023 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. This year’s conference covered how to:

  • Foster belonging, identity and agency in your students  
  • Create community in your ESOL class 
  • Understand the complex experiences Black immigrants and South Asian immigrants may encounter
  • Develop a dynamic workforce development program 
  • Choose and use children’s literature featuring under- and mis-represented communities 
  • Incorporate immigration into your middle and high school social studies classes 
  • 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. The conference toolkit featuring highlights and resources is available here. Resources and recordings from this year’s conference are available below.

This conference is hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center with generous support from the Nellie Mae Foundation.

Day One – Tuesday, July 11, 11 AM – 2 PM

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM 

A Refugee’s Journey

Resource: Video of Maher’s journey to the U.S. 

Video Recording of the conversation with Maher about his experience in a U.S. classroom.

11:20 AM – 12:00 PM 

The Role of Belonging in Immigrant Education

  • Jessica Lander, ELL History/Civics Teacher, author, Making Americans: Stories of Historic Struggles, New Ideas, and Inspiration in Immigrant Education

Video Recording of presentation

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM  

Immigration Policy and Trends in PK-12 Practice

  • Emily Crawford-Rossi, PhD, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, PK12 Leadership and Policy, University of Missouri


Video Recording of presentation

12:30 PM – 12:50 PM  

Cultural Competency, Cultural Humility and Structural Competency

Video Recording of presentation

12:50 PM – 1:15 PM 

Black Immigrants in the U.S.

  • Ayanna Cooper, EdD, Consultant and Author; Instructor, Howard University School of Education

Video Recording of presentation

1:15 PM – 1:40 PM 

South Asian Immigrants and Caste

  • Sonja Thomas, PhD, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Colby College


Video Recording of presentation

1:40 PM – 1:55 PM 

Discussion with Ayanna Cooper, EdD and Sonja Thomas, PhD

Video Recording of discussion

1:55 PM – 2:00 PM 


Day Two – Wednesday, July 12, 11 AM – 2 PM

On day two, dive into specialized sessions that address the needs and concerns of your teaching level.


11:00 AM – 11:15 AM 

Highlight Immigrant Stories and Contributions in U.S. History with The ILC Teaching Resources 

Resource: The ILC Educator Resource Hub

Video Recording of presentation

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM 

Curriculum Resources for K-12 Educators: Asian American History

  • Sulynn Miao, Content and Curriculum Manager, Immigrant History Initiative

Resource: Immigrant History Initiative

Video Recording of presentation

11:35 AM – 12:00 PM 

Tools and Ideas for How to Provide Well-rounded Support for Immigrant Students in the College Application Process

  • Andrea Keenan, Director of College and Career Counseling and Program Chair, Excel Academy Charter High School
  • Nyal FuentesCollege and Career Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Video Recording of presentation


12:00 PM – 12:25 PM 

 The First Three Weeks in the ESOL Classroom

  • Amber Miller, Adult Education ESL Instructor, Austin Community College


Video Recording of presentation

12:25 PM – 12:50 PM

Education and Career Advising at The Immigrant Learning Center

  • Sally Nobinger, Advising Coordinator, The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. 
  • Laurianne PoschEducation and Career AdvisorThe Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
  • Anna FanEducation and Career AdvisorThe Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. 

Video Recording of presentation

12:50 PM – 1:00 PM

Discussion with Amber Miller, Sally Nobinger, Laurianne Posch and Anna Fan


1:00 PM – 1:25 PM

Through the Power of Picture Books: Windows into the Experiences of Young Immigrant Children

  • Wilma Robles-Meléndez, PhD, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Fischler College of Education & School of Criminal Justice, Nova Southeastern University Florida

Video Recording of presentation

1:25 PM – 1:45 PM

Teach to Reach: Creating a Dynamic and Diverse Classroom Library 


Video Recording of presentation

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Discussion with Wilma Robles-Meléndez, PhD and Jill Eisenberg

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