An Educator's Guide to Carola Suárez-Orozco's Moving Stories Project

At Re-Imagining Migration, we believe that migration is an experience that almost everyone in the United States shares somewhere in their family history. Whether it is recent or generations ago, across national borders or within them, by choice or by force; for a better life, or for refuge, we all have a migration story.

This educator's guide introduces Carola Suárez-Orozco's Moving Stories project. Reflecting upon our Moving Stories, listening to one another explore, relating to those experiences, and learning from those narratives is a powerful way to find common ground.

This guide, written by Carola Suárez-Orozco and Adam Strom, begins by considering WHY seeking connection around our Moving Stories is so fundamentally important. The focus of this guide is on HOW to facilitate these connections in a variety of practical ways. We include suggestions about how to create a classroom culture in which students are able to share their stories. The guide includes both a protocol and question sets to use with students and members of the community to get these conversations started. In addition, we offer tools to help facilitators lead small and large group reflections on our Moving Stories.


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