Gateways to the Community -- The Role of Welcoming Schools

11:00am - 12:30pm

Concerto B

Presented at: National Immigrant Integration Conference 2013

Schools have a unique role in bridging divides between newcomer and longer-term students and families and helping all students succeed. How can schools best adapt to demographic change and serve as community leaders in promoting integration for immigrant and refugee children and their families? How can these efforts promote deeper parent involvement and a welcoming climate in which young people are motivated to learn and achieve? Using a series of film clips from the award-winning film I LEARN AMERICA, this discussion will provide an opportunity to explore how to create school environments in which all students feel welcome and an opportunity for participants to share their school-based work and to consider ways to work together to promote welcoming schools.