Re-Imagining Migration’s mission is to advance the education and well-being of immigrant-origin youth, decrease bias and hatred against young people of diverse origins, and help rising generations develop the critical understanding necessary to build and sustain welcoming and inclusive communities.
Why This Work is Important
Immigrant-origin students, 85% of whom are people of color, are not receiving an equal, nor equitable, education. Our failure to address this is a violation of their rights, leading to lost opportunities, health disparities, and reduced income for these young people. It also impacts the future strength and sustainability of our democracy.
The children of immigrants are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the US population, accounting for 26% of children and 33% of all young adults. They come to school eager to carve out a place of belonging. They want to learn English, acculturate, make new friends, and succeed. But they are prevented from achieving their academic and life goals by xenophobia, bias, and bullying, but also the lack of educators trained in methods that would enable them to serve as agents of change for these young people
- 68% of white majority schools report anti-immigrant harassment.
- Over 50% of immigrant-origin youth become academically disengaged over five years.
- While 86% of all students in the United States graduate high school, only 66% of English Learners graduate.
Without intervention in schools, children of immigrants face a drastic loss in the quality of their education, their health and wellness, and their economic potential.
Over their lifetimes, those who are refused admission or drop out of school:
- Will earn $1 million less than their college educated peers
- Are 200% more likely to live in poverty
- Have 300% the unemployment rate of their college educated peers
- Are more likely to be arrested and face a serious illness; and
- Have a 10-year shorter life expectancy than those who graduate high school.
Without Taking Action Schools Are Passive Bystanders
- Despite rampant anti-immigrant bias, only 36% of white majority schools communicate about the need to tolerate or respect immigrant youth.
- More than 60% of racially mixed and white majority schools do not offer professional development for creating civil and respectful learning environments.
- Less than 50% of schools meet with parent and community groups to ask for help in fostering civility and respect.
Re-Imagining Migration’s Strategy for Systemic and Lasting Change
We have developed a fresh, new, comprehensive research-based approach utilizing resources and programs enabling educators and schools to create supportive learning environments for immigrant-origin and all students in a world of migration and rapid change. Services and programs include:
- Nationwide Educational Climate Research
The first ever nationwide survey of the educational climate for immigrant-origin students. The results will illuminate the barriers that prevent schools from preparing all young people to withstand the turbulence that accompanies demographic change and point to increasingly effective methods for improvement.
- Products that Achieve Results
Curriculum, resources, materials and support for teaching about migration, including a robust content partnership with the Smithsonian.
- Professional development and coaching for educators
- Teachers learn about best practices for supporting immigrant-origin youth. Beginning with observations and climate assessments, we offer professional training and coaching, and classroom resources tailored to the needs of the specific school and community.
- Community engagement initiatives with cultural institutions and local organizations, including our Moving Stories in Schools And Communities Campaign.
Using the power of storytelling to share their migration histories, students create cultural bridges in 10,000 classrooms and communities, reaching over 300,000 young people with deep, engaging, and often transformational experiences.
- A National Campaign Partnership To Help Change The Narrative About Immigrant-origin Youth
Working with media producers, journalists, immigrant-origin youth, and the educators who serve them, we will galvanize a transmedia campaign featuring stories culled from results of our national student climate survey designed to build understanding of the strengths and resiliencies of immigrant-origin youth, as well as the challenges they face. Working with media professionals, we will create short films, podcasts, posters, and a social media campaign designed to build support for changing policy and practice at scale.
- Continuing Collaboration with Local, Regional and National Organizations
By increasing the number and breadth of partner organizations, we scale cost effectively. Our current collaborators include the Smithsonian Institution, the Reagan, Hoover, and Truman Presidential Libraries, American Federation of Teachers, Welcoming America, the American Immigration Council, the Indiana Historical Bureau, the Anti-Defamation League, iThrive Games, The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate, Lee and Low Books, and many others.
- Leverage Digital Technology with Adaptive Learning Models
Over the next five years, we will reach teachers of 2.5 million immigrant students and 28 million of their native-born-peers. Central to these efforts are the development of a digital course catalog with a directed sequence of study leading to certification in our model. To attract new users, sustain interest from those initiated in our work, and diversify our offerings, we will partner with NGOs, media producers, and museums on webinars and courses featuring exciting new resources.
- Increase in educators’ capacity to serve immigrant-origin youth
- Advancement of the SEL skills and academic success of immigrant youth
- Decreased bias and hatred against young people of diverse origins
- Welcoming and inclusive schools
- Improved inter-group relations and civic mindfulness among youth
- A stronger sense of inclusion and belonging among immigrant-origin youth
Our Impact and Reach to Date
- Our partners and collaborators have enabled us to reach two million educators who teach 100 million students.
- In the past year, 2,500 educators participated in our professional development programs. Those teachers reach approximately 187,500 students. Additionally, 261,500 users from all fifty states accessed materials on our website.
- 100% of educators in our professional development seminars have reported that they are better equipped to facilitate conversations that build understanding about migration, counter prejudice, and create inclusive learning environments in schools.