Preparing Students to Thrive in a World on the Move

In an era marked by profound demographic, cultural, economic, and social transformations, the imperative to reshape our educational paradigms has never been more pressing. Ensuring that every child is afforded a caliber of learning that not only withstands but also fortifies the fabric of our society amidst relentless change is essential for the sustainability of our shared future.

In the United States, immigrants and their children constitute over a quarter of the school-aged population. The manner in which our communities navigate these demographic tides will critically define the social, political, and economic pillars of our democracy. This is niot a crisis. It is an opportunity.

Change, though often met with concern and prejudice, brings with it a wealth of cultural dividends. Migrant communities bring new cultural and economic vitality to neighborhoods across the nation–from city streets to farmlands and factories in rural regions.

Yet, it is an inescapable truth that these same communities are confronted with formidable barriers: prejudice and xenophobia cast long shadows, threatening the unity of our common life. The prosperity of future generations is inexorably linked to their capacity to coexist and collaborate with a kaleidoscope of identities and backgrounds.

In recognition of this, our educational systems must rise to the occasion, equipping the youth with the insights and skills necessary to thrive in a world where diversity and movement are not an exception but the norm. This is not merely an academic imperative but a covenant we must uphold to steward a society that is as robust as it is diverse.

The resources in this section highlight key learning dispositions for a world on the move from the Re-Imagining Migration Framework as well as research-based Project Zero Thinking Routines designed to promote those dispositions.