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What did I just hear?: 5 Resources for Exploring Anti-Immigrant Prejudice

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What is the impact when we hear politicians, our peers, and…

Resources for Talking and Teaching about Immigrant Family Separations

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Updated: July 27, 2018. On May 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff…

A Culturally Responsive Guide to Understanding Immigrant-Origin Children

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Coming Soon... by Carola Suárez-Orozco, Adam Strom, and Rosalinda…

PBS's Chinese Exclusion Act (chapter 1)

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Steeplechase Film's The Chinese Exclusion Act premiered on PBS…

Navigating Difficult Conversations: Talking About DACA and DREAMers

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In March 2018, Re-Imagining Migration Director Adam Strom…

Walling Off or Welcoming In: From Justice in Schools

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Harvard University's Graduate School of Education's Justice…

Exploring Identity in Context

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All of us develop our identities within a social and cultural…

Refuge by JJ Bola

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JJ Bola is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo…

Immigrant Students Are Internalizing Stereotypes. Educators Can Help

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Did you see our commentary Immigrant Students Are Internalizing…
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Scholar Spotlight: What Everyone Should Know about the Integration of Immigrants in the U.S.

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  The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private,…

A lesson in civility: The negativity immigrant students hear

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A survey of immigrant children in the U.S. revealed just how…

Jhumpa Lahiri and American Identity

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Children of immigrants can often feel like they’re never completely…

The 1924 Immigration Act

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Despite the Chinese exclusion act, which prohibited nearly all…

Teaching the Bintel Brief

Annie Moore and the Life of the First Ellis Island Immigrant

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Ellis Island has become the symbol of the United States as…

Where I'm From

Facundo the Great

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Discussions about names can provide opportunities to build community,…

Educator Spotlight: Teaching The Arrival

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  Educator Spotlight: Teaching the Arrival Welcome…

Names, Identity, and Immigration

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Names play an important role our identities.  The selection…

The Context and Our Mission

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The Context One-quarter of all children under the ages of…

Desperate Journeys with Khaled Hosseini

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In this 23 minute film, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled…

Refugees, Media, and Migration

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"There [is] a consensus that migration reporting is one…

Countering Prejudice: A Photo Essay about Migrants in Italy

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How do we develop ideas about migrants? In the 1950's, Gordon…

The Strengths of Immigrant Students

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This blog is reposted from Usable Knowledge at…

Benjamin Franklin on Immigration

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While many of the founders of the United States were immigrants…

A Chapter of Human Migration: Polynesian Seafaring

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By Zhaoyang Liu Humans migrated across the globe in a…

Chinese Food on a Jewish Christmas

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By Zhaoyang Liu In the United States, there is a tradition…

American Anti-Catholicism in the 1920s

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By Zhaoyang Liu Religious tolerance is oftentimes viewed…

Words Without Borders: Literature from Around the World

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By Zhaoyang Liu Words Without Borders is an organization…

Singing Cowboys and the Mongolian Steppe

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By Zhaoyang Liu What is the relationship between music,…

Fatima's Drawings

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Filmmaker Magnus Wennman's Fatima's Drawings tells the story…

Japanese-American Soldiers in World War II

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By Zhaoyang Liu While their families were interned in…

What Do People Think About Immigrants?

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By Zhaoyang Liu What misperceptions do people hold about…

Separated Children at the Border

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Growing Together, Growing with Difference: A metaphor for teaching in a multicultural world

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By Lucas Lundbye Cone & Diane Allen We live in an era…

New Ideas

Immigrants & the World Cup: Trevor Noah and the French Ambassador

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Many football fans from around the world commented on the…

A Culturally Responsive Guide to Fostering the Inclusion of Immigrant Origin Students

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To download the guide, use the link below. From the Introduction: In…

Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant

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Charlie Chaplin's 1917 film, The Immigrant depicts the story…

What is in an Accent?

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By Zhaoyang Liu Sociolinguistics is the study of language…

Television News and Opinions on Immigration

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By Zhaoyang Liu In mid-July of 2018, NPR-Ipsos released…

Our Network

Immigration in a Small Town

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Across the United States, there are deep divisions in the…

Southeast Asian Refugee Children’s Education: What We Know and Where We Need to Go

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By Bao Nhia Moua, M.Ed Southeast Asian Refugee Children’s…

Yugoslavians and the Immigration Act of 1924

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By Zhaoyang Liu Tension between immigration and labor…

How do you prove you are loyal?: Japanese Americans and WWII

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On February 19, 1942, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt issued…

Immigrants and Ice Hockey Classroom Resource

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By Zhaoyang Liu There are many ways in which immigrants…

The Tree of U.S. Immigration

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By Zhaoyang Liu Migration is a fluid process; it reflects…

Alone at Angel Island

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By Zhaoyang Liu Angel Island Immigration Center, oftentimes…

Anglicized Portuguese Names

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By Zhaoyang Liu Many different ethnic groups chose to…

Indian-Americans in Media

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By Zhaoyang Liu The children of Indian immigrants, who…

The Bracero Program and Guest Workers

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By Zhaoyang Liu N.B. - This resource includes quotations…

Your stories are our history.

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By Kathryn Lloyd, Director of Programs at the Tenement Museum “It…

The Struggles and Successes of a Model Minority

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By Zhaoyang Liu While Asians are now seen as one the most…

Inside and Outside a Tent Camp for Child Migrants

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What is life like for child migrants who are confined to what…

Academic Organizations on Immigrant Family Separations

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  In his announcement of a " 'zero tolerance' policy…

Re-imagining Migration Co-Founder on Separating Children at the Border

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    In early May 2018, U.S. Attorney General…

The Legacy of the Trail of Tears

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By Zhaoyang Liu The Trail of Tears is a tragic chapter…

The California Folk Music Project

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By Zhaoyang Liu Ethnomusicology is the study of the music…

Educator Spotlight: Being the Change

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Sara Ahmed believes that as adults we have the responsibility…

I Learn America

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Written by Adam Strom for Facing History and Ourselves I Learn…

From Africa to Europe: Across the Desert and the Sea

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What is the journey like for African migrants trying to make…

When No Place is Home

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Guest post by Aixa Perez-Prado, Senior Instruction, Florida…

Pogroms and Russian Jewish Immigrants

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By Zhaoyang Liu It is an unfortunate truth that many immigrants…

Educator Spotlight: The Gift of Our Wounds

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On the surface, Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Singh Kaleka might…

The Story of Migration is the Story of Humankind

Re-Imagining Migration Director Adam Strom explains that…

Responding to Immigration and Diversity

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In 2007, Harvard University political scientist Robert Putnam,…

Italian Americans: Sacco and Vanzetti

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On April 15, 1920,  F.A. Parmenter, paymaster of a shoe factory,…

Italian Americans: Assilimilation

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What is required of newcomers to become American? This short…

The Italian Americans: Responding to Stereotypes

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Italian Americans are no longer a new group of immigrants. It…

Census 2020 Changes and Citizenship Status

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On March 26, 2018, the U.S. Commerce Department, which oversees…

The Waiting Game

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ProPublica and WYNC  produced The Waiting Game, an online game…

Driven Out: The Chinese in the West

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In 1882, the first federal immigration law aimed at excluding…

The Erasure of German Culture: An NPR Podcast

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By Natasha Karunaratne Despite the fact that German culture…

The Invention of Hispanics

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Many of us feel deeply attached to the groups to which we…

The Anti-German Sentiment of World War I

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By Natasha Karunaratne While today German-Americans are recognized…

Is the United States a 'Nation Of Immigrants’?

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By Natasha Karunaratne On February 22, 2018, National Public…

The Mother-Tongue: Bilingual Education Then and Now

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By Natasha Karunaratne While it may seem like the education…

Wong Kim Ark, the 14th Amendment and Birthright citizenship in the U.S.

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Citizenship in the United States is granted not solely by ancestral…

Anti-German Sentiment in the United States

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  After the United States entered World War I in…

Educator Spotlight: Films to Educate Against Hate

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Patrice O’Neill has been using storytelling to inspire…

Unexpected Unions: The Punjabi-Mexican Families of California

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By Natasha Karunaratne Thanks to immigration laws and…

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The Chicano LA School Walkouts

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By Natasha Karunaratne 50 years ago this week, during…

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Understanding Dr. Seuss’ Depictions of the ‘Other’ in his Political Cartoons

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By Natasha Karunaratne Many of us know Dr. Seuss for…

Immigrant Families: A Story by Hasan Minhaj

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By Natasha Karunaratne Comedian, actor, and writer, Hasan…

Educator Spotlight: Engaging English Learners

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By Adam Strom As an educator, Sarah Otto has spent her…

Ensuring Equity for ELL Students

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Recent data suggests that English Learners are the fastest growing…

The Quinceañera Protest

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The Quinceañera Protest Why would fifteen year old Latina girls…

Talking and Teaching about TPS

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Updated May 5, 2018   On January 8, 2018,  U.S. Secretary…

Moving Stories - Android

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Educator Spotlight: Talking Literature with Samira Ahmed

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Educator Spotlight: Talking Literature with Samira Ahmed Samira…

What are the Predominant Stereotypes about Immigrants Today?

All of us of carry biases with us. We learn them as part of our socialization into our communities. Biases influence what we see, what we believe, and how we understand the world.

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Re-Imagining Migration with Civics Unplugged

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On December 10, 2017, Re-Imagining Migration Director Adam Strom…

Sandra Cisneros, Identity, and the House on Mango Street

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Sandra Cisneros often writes about working-class Latino life…

Paper Names and Chinese Immigration to the United States

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From 1882 to 1943, Chinese immigrants were legally barred from…

Poetry from Angel Island

In-Motion: The African American Migration Experience

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In the U.S., migration is both history and destiny. From the…

Suitcase Stories: U-Meleni and her destiny to be herself

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U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo is a storyteller, artist, musician, and…

Educator Spotlight: Engaging Stories of Migration to Tell Our Own

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Elena Maker, a teacher at Blackstone Academy in Rhode Island, …

I Learn America Story Analysis Graphic Organizer

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Use this link to access the I Learn America story graphic organizer. ilearnamerica.com…

The Chinese Exclusion Act

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With discussion of immigration restrictions in the news, we wanted…

A Shopgirl's Story

Beyond Teaching English: Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students

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On November 2, 2017, The Migration Policy Institute released…

Sending Money Home

Anzia Yezierska and Jewish Immigration to the Lower East Side

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I first read Anzia Yezierska's Hungry Hearts in 1993, when I…

Educator Spotlight: 10 Questions for Changemakers

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Thie first thing you notice about Chaebong is her energy. The…

New Immigrants and Ellis Island

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During the late 19th and early 20th century, Ellis Island in…

Jhumpa Lahiri and Transcultural Identities

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Best selling author Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London to parents…

The Bracero Program 1942-1964

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Between 1942 and 1964 over two million migrant workers came from…

Their Story is Our Story

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Their Story is Our Story from Adam Strom on Vimeo. From…

Detained on Ellis Island

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Chinese Immigrants to the US: Past and Present

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According to the Migration Policy Institute: Chinese immigrants…

Assimilation, Integration and Refugees

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What factors should the government use as it considers allowing…

Educator Spotlight: Literature and Social Studies Resources for Teaching about Immigration

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Brian Fong is the kind of colleague you dream about. He is…

The Dream 9 from Latino USA

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In 2010 it was estimated that just over 1.1 million undocumented…

Your Story, Our Story

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The Tenement Museum's "Your Story, Our Story" online immigration…

A Conversation with Asian-Americans on Race

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ConversationDoc is a series of short films about issues of race…

How Chop Suey Saved San Fransico's Chinatown

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Food can reveal a lot about a culture. Most of us can identify…

Somos/We Are from Latino USA

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Latino USA's series Somos, or "we are" in English, explores…

Reflections on Identity with Kwame Anthony Appiah

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On April 2016, Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa spoke with philosopher…

The History of Anti-Mexican Lynching and Violence

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In May 2016 the podcast Latino USA explored the history of anti-Mexican…

U.S. Immigration Statistics Over Time

According to the Migration Policy Institute: From its inception,…

Documenting Hate: Everyday Hate by Everyday People

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ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom produces journalism…

Step into a Refugee Camp

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Step into a Refugee Camp is a film short film created by the…

Between Borders: Americas Migrant Crisis

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This 24-minute film from the New York Times depicts the stories…

From Immigrant to U.S. Citizen via Starbucks

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In 2015, the United States resettled nearly 70,000 refugees as…

Assimilation, Integration, and Hyphenated Americans

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By Adam Strom Why do so many people see multiple identities…

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis

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Reporters have warned about the mistreatment of the Rohingya…

Teaching about DACA as a current event

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UPDATED: June 5, 2018 As educators, what do we need to know,…

Educator Spotlight: Culturally Responsive Teaching

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Educator Spotlight: Culturally Responsive Teaching with Carola…

A Conversation With Latinos on Race

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ConversationDoc is a series of short films about issues of race…

With uncertainty surrounding DACA, and anti-immigrant rhetoric on the rise, what should educators do?

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By Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Carola Suarez-Orozco, and Adam Strom The…

Five Back to School Resources for Teaching About Migration

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Welcome back to school. We know that some of you have already…
Children of Immigration 

Children of Immigration

Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
Stories of Identity: Religion, Migration, and Belonging in a Changing World,

Stories of Identity: Religion, Migration, and Belonging in a Changing World

Adam Strom (Author/Editor) Carola Suárez-Orozco (Afterward) for Facing History and Ourselves
SELECTED ARTICLES, BOOKS, AND RESOURCES FROM OUR TEAM Children of Immigration, Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco Now in the midst of the largest wave of immigration in history, America, mythical land of immigrants, is once again contemplating a future in which new arrivals will play a crucial role in reworking the fabric of the nation. At the center of this prospect are the children of immigrants, who make up one fifth of America’s youth. This book, written by the codirectors of the largest ongoing longitudinal study of immigrant children and their families, offers a clear, broad, interdisciplinary view of who these children are and what their future might hold. For immigrant children, the authors write, it is the best of times and the worst. These children are more likely than any previous generation of immigrants to end up in Ivy League universities–or unschooled, on parole, or in prison. Most arrive as motivated students, respectful of authority and quick to learn English. Yet, at the same time, many face huge obstacles to success, such as poverty, prejudice, the trauma of immigration itself, and exposure to the materialistic, hedonistic world of their native-born peers. The authors vividly describe how forces within and outside the family shape these children’s developing sense of identity and their ambivalent relationship with their adopted country. Their book demonstrates how “Americanization,” long an immigrant ideal, has, in a nation so diverse and full of contradictions, become ever harder to define, let alone achieve. Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World

Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World: The Ross School Model and Education for the Global Era

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco (Editor), Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj (Editor)
Global Migration, Diversity, and Civic Education: Improving Policy and Practice

Global Migration, Diversity, and Civic Education: Improving Policy and Practice

James A. Banks (Author), Marcelo Suárez-Orozco (Author), Miriam Ben-Peretz (Author)
Globalization: Culture and Education in the New Millennium

Globalization: Culture and Education in the New Millennium

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco (Editor), Desiree B. Qin-Hilliard (Editor)
Identity and Belonging in a Changing Great Britain

Identity and Belonging in a Changing Great Britain

Adam Strom for Facing History and Ourselves

Why Teach about Migration?

The story of migration is the story of humankind. The genetic and paleontological record of human migration is at least 70,000 years old. Researchers know that all of us can trace our ancestry to Southern Africa, while some homo sapiens migrated across Africa and stayed, others ventured out to the Asia, Australia, Europe, and eventually to the Americas. This is our shared experience.
Learning in a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society, Carola Suárez-Orozco (Author), Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco (Author), Irina Todorova (Author) One child in five in America is the child of immigrants, and their numbers increase each year. Very few will return to the country they barely remember. Who are they, and what America do they know? Based on an extraordinary interdisciplinary study that followed 400 newly arrived children from the Caribbean, China, Central America, and Mexico for five years, this book provides a compelling account of the lives, dreams, and frustrations of these youngest immigrants. Richly told portraits of high and low achievers are packed with unexpected ironies. When they arrive, most children are full of optimism and a respect for education. But poor neighborhoods and dull–often dangerous–schools can corrode hopes. The vast majority learn English–but it is the English of video games and the neighborhood, not that of standardized tests. For some of these children, those heading off to college, America promises to be a land of dreams. These lucky ones have often benefited from caring mentors, supportive teachers, or savvy parents. For others, the first five years are marked by disappointments, frustrations, and disenchantment. How can we explain their varied academic journeys? The children of immigrants, here to stay, are the future–and how they adapt will determine the nature of America in the twenty-first century

Learning in a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society

Carola Suárez-Orozco (Author), Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco (Author), Irina Todorova (Author)

Waking in Oak Creek

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How do you teach about religious prejudice, bigotry, and hate? August…

Emma Lazarus's "The New Colossus" and The Statue of Liberty

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  What is the relationship between the Emma Lazarus'…

Re-imagining Approaches to Immigration in Schools

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  In the United States, immigrants and their children…
Learning in the Global Era: International Perspectives on Globalization and Education, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco (Editor) An international gathering of leading scholars, policymakers, and educators takes on some of the most difficult and controversial issues of our time in this groundbreaking exploration of how globalization is affecting education around the world. The contributors, drawing from innovative research in both the social sciences and the neurosciences, examine the challenges and opportunities now facing schools as a result of massive migration flows, new economic realities, new technologies, and the growing cultural diversity of the world’s major cities. Writing for a wide audience, they address such questions as: How do we educate all youth to develop the skills and sensibilities necessary to thrive in globally linked, technologically interconnected economies? What can schools do to meet the urgent need to educate growing numbers of migrant youth at risk of failure in societies already divided by inequality? What are the limits of cultural tolerance as tensions over gender, religion, and race threaten social cohesion in schools and neighborhoods alike? Bringing together scholars with deep experience in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, this work, grounded in rich examples from everyday life, is highly relevant not only to scholars and policymakers but also to all stakeholders responsible for the day-to-day workings of schools in cities across the globe
Transitions: The Development of the Children of Immigrants

Transitions: The Development of the Children of Immigrants

Carola Suárez-Orozco (Editor), Mona M. Abo-Zena (Editor), Amy K. Marks (Editor)
Washington’s Rebuke to Bigotry: Reflections on Our First President’s Famous 1790 Letter to the Hebrew Congregation In Newport, Rhode Island
What do we do with a Difference: France and the Debate Over Headscarves in Schools

What do we do with a Difference: France and the Debate Over Headscarves in Schools

Dan Eshet (Author), Adam Strom (Editor) for Facing History and Ourselves

A Global Perspective on Immigration

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By Marcelo Suárez-Orozco & Carola Suárez-Orozco Sometimes…

Disrupting Narratives of Social Exclusion for Immigrant Children & Youth

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  Migration is our common history as humans. Scientists…

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