Recent Webinar

Have you been looking for a new way to help your students understand the complex issues surrounding modern U.S. immigration? Graphic novels can be an engaging tool to capture students’ imaginations. The recently released graphic novel, Welcome to the New World, based on the Pulitzer-prize-winning editorial cartoon of the same name published in The New York Times and written by journalist Jake Halpern and illustrator Michael Sloan, presents the perfect opportunity to bring the refugee experience to life.

Join The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute and the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate program for a free, online teacher training Teaching the Refugee Experience: Welcome to the New World on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 5:00-6:00 PM EDT.

This free webinar will guide participants through the graphic novel, The ILC’s nine-lesson mini-curriculum for grades seven through 11, the ADL’s discussion guide and various methods of telling immigrant and refugee stories in the classroom. Participants will also hear from and be able to pose questions to author Halpern.

The recording of the webinar is coming soon.

Topics include: 

  • How to use and adapt the free mini-curriculum and discussion guide in the classroom 
  • Employing first-person storytelling in understanding the refugee crisis 
  • Ways to bring the immigrant voice into focus 
  • How teachers can help students with immigrant and refugee backgrounds 

Technical requirements: 

  • An internet connection
  • Speakers or phone
  • Download the free Zoom app to join by iPhone or Android device
  • You may be prompted to authorize a Zoom plug-in


Jake HalpernJake Halpern headshot, author, Welcome to the New World

Kira Simon, Director of Curriculum and Training, Anti-Defamation League

Max Echevarría, ESL Teacher and Assistant Principal, Bowers Elementary School

Meghan Rosenberg, Curriculum Specialist

Maher MahmoodMaher Mahmood, Filmmaker and Photographer

This is the latest free webinar hosted by The ILC Public Education Institute. View recordings and resources from past webinars on immigrant integration, education and research including our last virtual conference Immigrant Student Success 2020.

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