Immigrant Integration

Students from non-English-speaking backgrounds are the fastest growing segment of the K–12 student population in the United States. An increasing number of these students are newcomers—recent arrivals to the United States who have limited or no English language proficiency and who often have had limited formal education in their native countries.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, California and other traditional immigrant-destination states still have the highest numbers of recent arrivals, however, the sharpest growth in these populations are now experienced in states like Nevada, North Carolina, and Georgia. Not only is there an increasing need for immigrant integration, but there is also a demand in geographic areas without a long tradition of welcoming and orienting newcomers.

Several of CAL’s projects and resources are designed to support the implementation of programs for immigrant students. Our work in this area is based on elements that have been shown to build successful newcomer programs. These elements are: parental involvement, developing students’ academic English literacy skills, providing access to the content courses that lead to college and career readiness, and guiding students’ acculturation to U.S. schools and their eventual participation in civic life and the global economy.

Resources, News, and Events

Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond
Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond

Center for Applied Linguistics

Identifying and Serving the Unique Needs of the Immigrant and Refugee Populations in the US and throughout the World
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Related Projects

Bienvenidos Project
Bienvenidos Project

Funder: National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Exemplary Programs for Newcomer English Language Learners at the Secondary Level
Exemplary Programs for Newcomer English Language Learners at the Secondary Level

Funder: The Carnegie Corporation of New York

Welcoming School Communities
Welcoming School Communities

Funder: Funder: Center for Applied Linguistics and Welcoming America

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Services

CAL offers a wide range of professional development and technical assistance services for service providers, schools, and communities working with newcomer populations. Based on our decades of experience, CAL can customize our services to meet your needs and budgets. Email CAL to learn more. 

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: CAL INSTITUTE

Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies
Given the increasing tide of newcomer youth entering U.S. schools, it is critical to address the cultural, social, and academic needs of these students and their families. CAL offers professional development that includes practical resources for building a welcoming environment, both socially and instructionally, for all students.

This institute is designed for PreK-12 teachers, administrators, and practitioners, such as social workers, counselors, and after-school specialists, who work in educational settings with newcomer students and their families. CAL encourages teams of educators and practitioners to attend. 

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The Center for Applied Linguistics is a nonprofit organization promoting access, equity, and mutual understanding for linguistically and culturally diverse people around the world.