Pre-Conference Institute: Building Welcoming Schools: Pathways to Immigrant Student Success

9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Presented at: WIDA 2015

This informative and topical institute is designed to engage educators in interactive dialogue about the policy, research, and practical aspects of school welcome for English learners and immigrant students.

What does it mean to be a welcoming school? How can teachers, administrators, parents, students, and receiving communities all play an effective role in meaningful school welcome that supports student success?

This three-hour institute will include

  • Documentary Film Screening: I Learn America features five newly-arrived immigrant teens as they adapt to their new school and community environment.
  • Expert Panel Presentation: Through the prism of schools as anchor institutions for newcomers, a diverse panel of experts will share information about policy, research, and practice to inform further discussion.
  • Interactive Roundtable Discussions: Attendees and presenters will discuss current practices and brainstorm action steps to support the creation and enhancement of welcoming school communities.

Presented by the Center for Applied Linguistics and WIDA.