Resources for Educators

The information provided below can serve as useful links to support your families and students when the need arises to have brave conversations about immigration and diversity.

Unafraid BTU Immigration Resources

The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) curated a list of immigration resources for students, families and allies too! Make sure to visit their online resource guide for additional information to support your students and families. Also, make sure to add their Google Drive folder to your drive for easy access.

BTU also organizes a series of events to get educators together to support our undocumented students and families. Please visit their webpage here to learn more about what you can do to support their cause.

Still having trouble finding useful college prep and scholarship information for your students? Try BTU's Resources for Undocumented Students Applying to College doc to get you started.


A Collection of Resources for Educators from Across the Web

Understanding Immigrant Policies and the Rights of All Students


  • The "sensitive locations" factsheet for educators and families provides a user-friendly explanation of how the Department of Homeland Security policy defines immigration enforcement activity around "sensitive locations," including schools and school bus stops, as well as other community spaces and social activities.


  • FAQs on the enforcement actions at or focused on sensitive locations such as schools


  • Fact Sheet: Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School







American Psychological Association Articles on Immigration

Empirical research documents how immigration policies affect children, youth and families, and recommendations are proposed for policy and practice.


US immigration policies and policy initiatives relevant to children, youth and families.


Influence of parental undocumented status on the development of U.S.-born children in mixed-status families.


Findings from the national UnDACAmented Research Project.


Research on the impact of parental detention and deportation on U.S-born children.


The Migrant Clinicians Network bridge case-management program.

Resource Guides and Toolkits for Educators


  • DOE's New Resources for Newcomer Students:
    • The first half of the resource guide provides tips for educators to (1) facilitate school enrollment by immigrant families; (2) promote healthy child development in the school setting; (3) encourage caregiver engagement in children's education; and (4) build staff capacity and knowledge about immigrant students and their educational needs.
    • The second half of the guide provides tips for parents and guardians on how to promote and facilitate children's education from birth and play an active role in helping to ensure their children's success in school regardless of their own schooling history or context.


  • American School Counselor Association: Resources for School Counselors to Help Students After the 2016 Election



  • Teaching Tolerance contains a vast library of resource guides, activities, and materials to engage in civic conversations in the classroom. Need more resources about talking to students about immigration, developing an inclusive school climate, or current events? Visit Teaching Tolerance's section for supporting student's from immigrant families.


Supporting Undocumented Students and Families


  • Human Impact Partners Public Health Actions for Immigrant Rights: A Short Guide to Protecting Undocumented Residents and Their Families for the Benefit of Public Health and All Society


  • United We Dream #HereToStay Toolkit for Educators: This toolkit was designed to help undocumented students and educator allies work with their institutions to increase the resources and support systems available to undocumented students. The tool kit is organized into the following categories:
    • Undocu-friendly classrooms and educators and being undocu-friendly outside classroom time
    • Change your school or campus to be a sanctuary of safety
    • Demand and support local campaigns demanding that city, county or state officials create sanctuary policies to keep residents safe

The Education Leaders of Color have gathered a substantial selection of resources that you continue to use to support your students and families. Best of all, make sure to check out the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of L.A. video on immigration rights, which you can also find on their page.

  • The Boston College Center for Human Rights as well as ESOL teachers at Casa El Salvador and Women Encouraging Empowerment developed a Know Your Rights Tool Kit for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Instructors. Read the intro and download the course materials.

Supporting Muslim Students and Families

  • The Council on Islamic Education created a comprehensive a handbook for educators to learn about Islam and Muslims.

  • Ms. Farah Assiraj, the founder of Peregrinum, provided recommendations for educators on how to respond to your students on immigration and Muslim ban.


  • A cultural competency training presentation on Islamic Culture created by Mr. Ahmed Noor, EL Family Resource Specialist and Ms. Kerensa Elzy-Maiden, Director of Dual Language Programs at Office of English Language Learners


BPS Office of Equity

The Office of Equity aims to ensure that the Boston Public Schools is an educational and working environment unimpeded by bias or discrimination, where individuals of all backgrounds and experiences are welcomed, included, encouraged, and can succeed and flourish. For more information, please visit the following links to learn more about the BPS Nondiscrimination Policy and Reporting of Bias-Based Conduct.

Interested in finding our more about the Office of Equity? Make sure to visit their site or review their policies in various languages.


BPS History and Social Studies Department Curated Resources

Natacha Scott and Josue Sakata, Director and Assistant Director of History and Social Studies for BPS, have curated an amazing guide to keep educators informed, prevent the spread of misinformation, and share resources in order to assist educators in having brave conversations with their students.


NEW: Resources for Discussing Racism in the Classroom

These resources collected by the SEL and History/Social Studies Departments provides strategies and content to support conversations about racism in the classroom.

Contact for additional information: Natacha Scott, ntorres2@bostonpublicschools.org; Carla Burley, cburley@bostonpublicschools.org

BPS Office of Social Emotional Learning and Wellness

The Office of Social Emotional Learning and Wellness has assembled the following resources and strategies to help reduce students' academic, social, emotional and/or physical stress.

    • "What is Stress"(featured above or click on the following link: Video)
    • The Michigan Model for Health is a Comprehensive K-12 Health Education Curriculum available to BPS schools that includes Social Emotional Learning Units that address stress. The Michigan Model for Health: Skills for Health and Life comprehensive health education curriculum offers lessons in the following grades:
          • Grade 6: Stress Less: Many Ways to Handle Stress
          • Grade 7-8: Safe and Sound for Life: Social Emotional Health and Safety - many of the lessons in this binder are related to stress reduction techniques
          • High School: Social Emotional Health (Unit 2) has lessons on Self Awareness: A Key to Stress Management and What Teens Need to Know about Stress
    • Teachers can also download the Stress Lessons Toolkit, which features seven engaging lessons including videos, here: http://www.morethanmedication.ca/en/stress_lessons/insiders?educators
    • Guided meditations from "Mindfulness for Teens" can be useful to integrate into any lesson during the school day and students can listen on their own at home.
    • Education, Training and Research offers a lesson plan from Health Smart/High School: Ways to Manage Stress (Emotional and Mental Health Lesson 6) in their sample lessons.

For more information on the above or to inquire about professional development for your school, please contact Suzy Spressert at sspressert@bostonpublicschools.org.

    • Wellness Toolkit
        • Developed by Children's Hospital and Debbie Cohen. Multiple BPS schools (PE teachers and Wellness Champions) have been trained to use this curriculum. It has lesson plans, visuals and narration to assist with integrating meditation, visualization and yoga into the classroom
        • http://www.bpshealthandwellness.org/pe-pa/wellness-toolkit/
          • In order to access this content, please use the following password when prompted by the BPS Health and Wellness page: B3W3ll


BPS Office of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps

The Office of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps (OOAG) works to build the capacity of schools to develop and create meaningful opportunities for marginalized student groups, which include immigrant students, to flourish and grow academically for the purpose of closing gaps in proficiency and personal growth. For more information make sure to check out OOAG's resource toolkit.

Still interested in learning more about the OOAG team? Visit their webpage and find contact information for the team.

Harvard Graduate School of Education

The amazing team at Usable Knowledge, a resource page for the Harvard Graduate School of Education, have gathered a variety of resources and inspirational stories to help educators work with children and build trust in the classroom. Make sure to check out their new series, One and All, which shares details about developing a community where all students can thrive.

Make sure to visit their latest addition on Supporting Undocumented Students!

Harvard Graduate School of Education Justice in Schools team conducted a case study in New Jersey about a School Culture Committee and how they wrestled with a series of events that challenged their ability to maintain inclusive learning environments that are welcoming to all students.

Please click here to check out this study!

The Justice in Schools team also conducted another case study on"Politics, Partisanship, and Pedagogy: What Should be Controversial in the Classroom?", which probes the challenges that emerge when teachers must balance competing democratic commitments to educating critical thinkers who engage with diverse viewpoints, on the one hand, and instilling common civic values, on the other.

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