Open Source Curriculum and Resource Development
Drawing on our Learning Arc and the Re-imagining Migration framework, we create developmentally appropriate, thematic and discipline aligned resources and curricula for use in schools and other educational settings. Examples of associated resources include guides to support inclusive learning environments, history and social studies units, literature guides, current events lessons and scientific inquiries. In addition, we will be forging partnerships with media producers whose productions illuminate stories of human migration, past and present.
On-Demand Professional Development
Professional education focusing on the needs of immigrant-origin students is scarce. Much of what exists focuses on language learning, failing to recognize and cultivate the social and emotional, academic and civic needs of a large percentage of our future doctors, entrepreneurs, nurses, police, teachers, and other valuable members of our communities. Through the development of a suite of online and face to face educational and professional development offerings for educators and institutions, we seek to transform educational spaces so that educators are prepared to make migration a part of their curriculum and culture and all students can feel supported in their social, emotional, academic, and civic growth.
Migration in Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Institutions
Museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions can play an important role in inviting youth and the public at large to understand migration. We seek to expand partnerships with leading museums nationally and internationally to advance and test novel approaches to creating inclusive and respectful learning environments and invite deep explorations of the experience of migration provoked by objects, exhibitions, and works of art.
Re-imagining Migration Media and News Literacy Initiative
Media is one of the most powerful forces informing our outlook toward migration, newcomers, and demographic change. News media, and online content masquerading as news, shape the public debate and our understanding of the civic issues of our time. In fact, recent studies suggest that in the U.S., how and where people get their news is a more powerful predictor of attitudes towards migrants and migration than political affiliation. We seek to work with journalists, media content producers, and educators to develop a new understanding of immigrant-origin youth alongside guidelines and best practices for educators that strengthen critical engagement with the news, foster civic understanding, and invite responsible digital participation. (In Development)
The Re-imagining Migration Education Leaders Program
Re-imagining Migration Fellows are key to the development, piloting, and scaling of Re-imagining Migration’s work. Each year we select a new class of educational leaders and provide them support while they implement projects that adapt the Re-imagining Migration framework to their own professional settings. In turn, those projects led new curricula and resources, as well as inspire educators around the world.
Re-imagining Migration Annual Seminar
Every year, Re-imagining Migration gathers education leaders from around the world to learn the Re-imagining Migration framework, immerse themselves in learning about migration and educational resources designed to spark understanding and civic engagement, and to develop a network of peers and peer organizations who can support them as colleagues and partners as they take what they have learned back to their own professional settings. Developing a network of leaders is central to our ability to build demand and scale our work.
Changing the Narrative Campaign
We recognize that schools, museums, and other key educational institutions do not exist in isolation from the larger society. To make changes within these key institutions, it is essential to have external support from thought leaders and key stakeholders, including parents, school committees, educational journalists, and policy makers. We seek to build strategic alliances to change the narrative about immigrant-origin youth and highlight the importance of migration as our shared experience as humans. The goal of the campaign will be to encourage educational institutions to re-think their approaches to migration and recognize the opportunities to teaching about and through experiences of migration.
A Network of Networks
We know that we cannot do this work alone. We have forged active partnerships and collaborations with 36 organizations that reach 50 million young people a year. Both the depth and breadth of our work is expanding. By 2025, our work will reach approximately half of the school-aged students in the United States.