Teaching Refugee, Unaccompanied Minor and SLIFE Students

Refugees, unaccompanied minors and students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE) bring their own challenges and strengths to the classroom. The ILC Public Education Institute has compiled these resources to help you support these students. Search below or use the “Browse” tab to explore a list of all available options.

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Supporting Unaccompanied Minors in the Classroom

Blog post on welcoming unaccompanied minors into your classroom, using a model that identifies four "core stressors" these migrants face

Sociology of Immigration, Part 1

Classic sociological frameworks and theories for understanding what happens when people come to a new society

Sociology of Immigration, Part 2

Sociological frameworks for immigration and research about Latino school experiences

Understanding the Refugee Experience: Welcome to the New World

Video of a teen refugee talking about his experiences in Syria, as a high school student in Connecticut, and more

Migration of Unaccompanied Children to the U.S.: Factors in Successful Integration

Article that describes six themes that promote and hinder the successful integration of unaccompanied minors in their communities

Families Belong Together Parent Resource Hub

Lessons, resources and coloring pages to help children develop compassion and self-understanding, and to become agents of change

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff

Guide for helping to open the doors of opportunity for undocumented, unaccompanied and refugee children living in the United States

Promoting a Culture of Welcome for Refugees in Schools

One-hour webinar recording that shows how schools can promote a culture of welcome and models that work

Immigrant and Refugee Children

Compilation of resources intended to guide schools in preparing for newly enrolled unaccompanied minor and immigrant students

Professional Development Module: Key Immigration Issues

Professional development module helping educators understand contemporary immigration policies and issues

Immigrant Connections Online Professional Development

Webinars and self-paced courses about family engagement, cultivating leadership among immigrant parents, supporting unaccompanied minors and more

How to Support ELL Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFEs)

Report describing strategies for addressing the strengths and challenges of immigrants who are receiving formal education for the first time

Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) bulletin

Article for K-12 teachers working with immigrant English learner students with irregular educational backgrounds

Books That Explore the Refugee Experience

List of books for all grade levels on the experiences of refugees around the world

Supporting Latino Students with Interrupted Formal Education: A Guide for Teachers

Guide for K-12 teachers to approach their incoming students from other countries who stopped attending school in their home country
TitleDescriptionTagsAuthor
Supporting Unaccompanied Minors in the ClassroomBlog post on welcoming unaccompanied minors into your classroom, using a model that identifies four “core stressors” these migrants facearticle/report, elementary school, high school, middle schoolThe Immigrant Learning Center
Welcome to the New World Curriculum and Learning GuideCurriculum about refugees, the migrant experience, the Syrian Civil War and other topical issueslesson plan, middle school, high schoolThe Immigrant Learning Center
Understanding the Refugee Experience: Welcome to the New WorldVideo of a teen refugee talking about his experiences in Syria, as a high school student in Connecticut, and morevideo, middle school, high schoolThe Immigrant Learning Center
Sociology of Immigration, Part 1Classic sociological frameworks and theories for understanding what happens when people come to a new societyvideo, elementary school, middle school, high schoolThe Immigrant Learning Center
Sociology of Immigration, Part 2Sociological frameworks for immigration and research about Latino school experiencesvideo, elementary school, middle school, high schoolThe Immigrant Learning Center
Immigrant Connections Online Professional DevelopmentWebinars and self-paced courses about family engagement, cultivating leadership among immigrant parents, supporting unaccompanied minors and morewebsite, on-demand learning, early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high schoolImmigrant Connections
Promoting a Culture of Welcome for Refugees in SchoolsOne-hour webinar recording that shows how schools can promote a culture of welcome and models that workvideo, elementary school, middle school, high schoolWelcoming America
Welcoming Refugees – EducationStories and case studies of welcoming practices in education throughout the U.S.website, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organizationWelcoming America
Books that Explore the Refugee ExperienceList of books for all grade levels on the experiences of refugees around the worldbooklist, elementary school, middle school, high schoolEdutopia
Professional Development Module: Key Immigration IssuesProfessional development module helping educators understand contemporary immigration policies and issuesarticle/report, elementary school, high school, middle school, on-demand learningCUNY Initiative on Immigration & Education
Leaving Family Behind: Understanding the Irregular Migration of Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking MinorsArticle focusing on why unaccompanied minors chose to leave their families and their experiencesarticle/report, elementary school, middle school, high schoolIgnacio Correa-Velez, Mariana Nardoneand Katharine Knoetze
Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support StaffGuide for helping to open the doors of opportunity for undocumented, unaccompanied and refugee children living in the United Statesarticle/report, elementary school, middle school, high schoolLearning for Justice
Supporting Students With Interrupted EducationsArticle highlighting four key strategies for welcoming SLIFE studentsarticle/report, elementary school, high school, middle schoolEdutopia
Families Belong Together Parent Resource HubLessons, resources and coloring pages to help children develop compassion and self-understanding, and to become agents of changewebsite, elementary school, middle school, high schoolFamilies Belong Together
Immigrant and Refugee ChildrenCompilation of resources is intended to guide schools in preparing for newly enrolled unaccompanied minor and immigrant studentswebsite, elementary school, middle school, high schoolThe Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools
Supporting Latino Students with Interrupted Formal Education: A Guide for TeachersGuide for K-12 teachers to approach their incoming students from other countries who stopped attending school in their home countryarticle/report, elementary school, middle school, high schoolSarah Digby
Migration of Unaccompanied Children to the U.S.: Factors in Successful IntegrationArticle that describes six themes that promote and hinder the successful integration of unaccompanied minors in their communitiesarticle/report, elementary school, middle school, high schoolUnited States Conference of Catholic Bishops
How to Support ELL Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFEs)Report describing strategies for addressing the strengths and challenges of immigrants who are receiving formal education for the first timearticle/report, elementary school, high school, middle schoolColorín Colorado
Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) bulletinArticle for K-12 teachers working with immigrant English learner students with irregular educational backgroundsarticle/report, elementary school, high school, middle schoolWIDA
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