Resources for Supporting Immigrant Students and Families

For information in various languages, please visit the "By Language" page or click the following links for resources in languages including Arabic (العربية), Cape Verdean Creole (Kriolu di Kabu Verdi), Chinese (中文), Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisyen), Portuguese (Português), Somali (Soomaali), Spanish (Español), Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) and more.

For DREAMers and Educators

Updated November 22, 2017

Family Preparedness Training, 12/6/2017, 4-6pm at Locke Lord, Prudential Center

In a time of increased immigration enforcement, many immigrant families are looking for resources to proactively prepare in the event that they are detained and thereby separated from their children. This training will provide an overview of an immigrant’s constitutional rights when confronted by law enforcement as well as introduce key legal tools including how to assist immigrant parents in filling out specific forms to temporarily authorize someone to care for their children including accessing school, medical and other needs in case they are detained or separated. This training is geared toward providers including health care workers, teachers, social workers, nonprofit staff, attorneys and other allies, who work regularly with immigrant communities.

Presenters include attorneys from the PAIR Project and Mass Law Reform Institute. The training will be held 4-6pm on 12/6 at Locke Lord, Prudential Center, 111 Huntington Ave, 9th Floor, Boston. Please bring ID so that security can check you in. For questions please contact Courtney Snegroff at csnegroff@pairproject.org, 617-742-9296 x 315.

To register, go to:

https://goo.gl/forms/qTZ5bg19YCfcxaMz1

Training Materials:

Planning for a Family Emergency Packet

Boston Medical Center Pediatric Family Preparedness Plan

ILRC put together a list of useful DACA resources including information about DACA renewal and how the ending of DACA program would affect work permits, social security numbers (SSNs), and etc.

United We Dream, an immigrant youth-led national organization also shares important resources for supporting DACA youth.

Partnered with MIRA Coalition, BTU Unafraid Educator groups created the Unafraid Scholarship for Boston’s High School Students. BTU also has useful Resources for Undocumented Students Applying to College.

Please also visit the BTU Unafraid Educators website to learn more.

The National Education Association compiled a list of resources and information that is important for educators and students to know. Please click the following link to view the file: The End of DACA—What This Means for Educators and Students

Rethinking Schools put together resources for explaining the DACA Program to Elementary School Students. 800,000 REASONS TO TEACH ABOUT DACA: Resources for Explaining the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program to Elementary School Students

NILC provides important, up-to-date notice about DACA as well as questions and answers about DACA under Trump administration.

In light of the recent political climate, Re-imaging Migration put together suggestions for educators to support DACA students in the classroom.

DHS created a list of FAQs about the Rescission of DACA. Questions include, 'what is going to happen to current DACA holders?'

Also available in Spanish (Español).

Letter to the BPS Community

Office of the Superintendent Tommy Chang, Ed.D., Superintendent Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington Street Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119

617-635-9000

Dear Boston Public Schools Community,

As we get ready to welcome back our families, students and staff for the start of another exciting school year, the Boston School Committee and Boston Public Schools would like to affirm our deep and unwavering commitment to providing all of our young people, regardless of their immigration status, a high-quality education. As new developments arise nationally, one thing remains constant here at BPS, and that is our continued focus on creating a “Culture of We” in which we celebrate the diversity that makes our city and district truly great.

Today, we received news that the Trump administration is formally ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Since former President Obama signed the executive order in 2012, DACA has greatly benefited those we call “DREAMers” by allowing them to secure in-state college tuition and work permits, as well as obtain social security numbers. While this action will greatly impact these 800,000 individuals, our entire city will feel the consequences of this change, particularly in our schools.

Today, Boston Teachers Union President Jessica Tang and I partnered together in releasing the following joint statement urging Congress to pass legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who arrived in the United States as children:

We stand shoulder-to-shoulder in fighting for the continued protection of all DREAMers, those law-abiding young people who have come to this country — often through no choice of their own — and have grown up and been educated here. These are hardworking students, employees, and even members of the military who enrich and strengthen our communities. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) reflects our values as a country by offering 800,000 of these people the opportunity to gain a new freedom and security to work toward achieving their dreams, including getting an education and going to college, and to contribute to the country they call home. Eliminating DACA would drive them into the shadows, depleting our schools and our workforce of productive members of our society who simply yearn to pursue their dreams and fulfill their full potential. Boston’s educators remain as committed today as ever in continuing our work to protect and uplift all students, families, and communities. We remain steadfast in our efforts to ensure that we welcome and meet the needs of all children who walk through our doors, regardless of their race or immigration status. Day in and day out the principals, teachers and staff of the Boston Public Schools strive to create safe, welcoming and sustaining learning environments for all of our students.

While no current DACA beneficiaries will be immediately affected until March, the government is no longer granting any new requests until Congress takes action.

In the meantime, we will continue our efforts to provide support and learning opportunities for our educators and families so that the entire BPS community can stay informed. Please visit the BPS We Dream Together or the BTU Unafraid Educators websites for a complete list of resources, including updated information regarding DACA and the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship. People can also log onto the city’s website at boston.gov/immigrants and call the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline, “311,” to be directed to the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement for additional resources and information to help immigrants and their families.

Boston is a proud city of immigrants and BPS is a reflection of that diversity. As a district, our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students. We appreciate the trust that you put in us, and we will do everything we can to protect the rights of our BPS community, including those of our immigrant families and students.

Sincerely,

Tommy Chang, Ed.D.

Superintendent

The BPS We Dream Together website contains a variety of resources:

Educational Resources: useful links for school leaders, teachers, and support staff to support students and families when conversations arise about immigration and diversity

Family Resources: resources to assist families in understanding their rights, information about BPS, City of Boston, and other community resources, and useful tips to help families discuss current events with their children

Student Resources: resources to assist students with understanding their rights and how to navigate their everyday lives as immigrant or refugee students

Learning Opportunities: upcoming learning opportunities provided for educators and support staff to understand stress and its impact on teaching and learning; learning opportunities for parents to learn more about issues related to immigration and refugee status

Additional Resources: resources to assist families and students identify non-profit organizations and legal assistance that can help them understand their status and immigration options

We at Boston Public Schools (BPS) are aware of and empathetic to the concerns of our immigrant families who are facing uncertain times. BPS continues to work closely with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Advancement and numerous community partners on providing helpful information and services to immigrant families, including students and educators. BPS is committed to fostering a safe, welcoming environment for all students regardless of their immigration status. There has been, and will continue to be, a clear focus on sustaining the personal, cultural, and linguistic identities of our students and families.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent

A Message from Dr. Tommy Chang

"We will continue to stand up for all of our students and families, regardless of their immigration statuses,” said BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang. “We will welcome and teach every single student who enters our classrooms. Diversity and inclusion are at the core of our values as a school system and as a city. We are a 'Culture of We,' and we are one BPS family."




—— Superintendent Tommy Chang, January 28, 2017

Boston Public Schools Vision

As the birthplace of public education in this nation, the Boston Public Schools is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools. We partner with the community, families, and students to develop in every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life.

BPS educators, staff and members of the BTU joined United We Dream and many other educators across the United States to support our DACA, refugee, and immigrant students. #HereToSay

Boston Public Schools Featured Update

Boston Public Schools has recently updated and made some changes to the Superintendent Circular regarding Educational Access for all Students. We want all families to know that will continue to welcome them and support them, and honor their constitutional right to a free and uninterrupted public school education.

Follow the links below to access the circular in its entirety.

For English, please click here.

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Dr. Esparza meets with Chris Lovett at BNN News

A Glimpse at American Immigrants

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Mayor Walsh Press Conference on Immigration

Upcoming Event

DELAC Conference (November 3, 2017)

The Office of English Learners would like to invite all parents of English Learner students and the community organizations that work with them to our first conference of 2017-2018 school year. This is the 7th conference since 2015 and it is a place where EL families can participate in workshops and network with other families and with the district officials.

At this conference, the participants will also have the opportunity to run for or to become candidates for the DELAC Executive Board leadership.

Date and Time: 6-8 PM, Friday, November 3, 2017

Location: 2300 Washington Street, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02119

Please click here to register. (English | Español | Tiếng Việt | Soomaali | Português | 中文 | Kriolu di Kabu Verdi | Kreyòl Ayisyen | العربية )

You may view the flyer in different languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Somali, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese | All flyers

English DELAC 1st 2017 Conference Flyer.pdf

If you or any family need additional information or technical support please contact Melody Feng in the Office of English Language Learners at (617)635-9435 or email ellparentteam@bostonpublicschools.org.

Boston Public Schools

Office of English Language Learners

2300 Washington Street, Boston MA 02119

www.bostonpublicschools.org/ell

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References

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  2. Image of Isabel Allende on Wikipedia.org (n.d.). Retrieved from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/db/Isabel_Allende_-_001.jpg/220px-Isabel_Allende_-_001.jpg
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  4. Image of Leon Ming Pei on EduBilla.com (2010). Retrieved from http://uploads.edubilla.com/awards-winners/d3/ba/ieoh-ming-pei.jpg
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