Immigrant Student & Family Support (Social & Legal Services…
Immigrant Student & Family Support
District & Administration
-sanctuary district? Implications?
-allocation of resources within district and within school (i.e. we have $ for new STEM and additional AP classes, but we don’t have $ for a social worker?)
-overall funding and resources
-board awareness & support?
-coordination of programs
-principal / admin leadership to build a community or support, marshall resources
-institutional commitment to supporting immigrant families and attentive to needs of undocumented students / families
-district commitment to equity
-Are we advocating on behalf of students and families if needed / requested?
-Are we using an equity lens? What does that really mean and how would that impact issues? How might that influence negotiations?
School Climate (for Parents)
-advising for parents about how to access grades online, contact teachers, access websites and/or Google Classrooms
-English classes for parents (Adult Ed? On campus?)
-parent & tech classes for parents (Adult Ed? On campus?)
-access to school / district web pages in Spanish and other languages?
-Back to School Nights and parent-teacher conferences in Spanish and other languages?
-orientations specifically for Spanish speaking families and other languages? What determines a large enough % for translation needs?
-access to bilingual community liaison(s)
-community events to welcome parents
-parent groups or committees (example: Cafecito / Tea Time, others)
Social & Legal Services
-teacher trainings to be attuned to possible student legal needs in order to help bridge student / family to services
-ICE “Rapid Responder” trainings for teachers, staff, students, community members (schedule more and promote)
-could we hire somebody to specialize in this area?
-workshops on immigrant rights (exp through SIREN)
-assistance with Dreamer apps
-access to pro bono lawyers
-access to accurate legal information in multiple languages (esp Spanish) on an ongoing basis
Social / Health Services
-services for homeless students and/or families
-access to low-income / affordable housing
Is it possible to get some of these agencies and/or service providers on campus?
-municipal social servcies
-county social services
-key point person / people
-access AND use of effective services
-communication w/students and families
-bilingual service providers
-health insurance and/or access AND use of medical services
-trauma & coping mechanisms, mindfulness
-access to emotional / psychological support services in-school AND in community in Spanish and other languages
ECE (Early Childhood Ed):
-access to Head Start and other affordable Pre-K options
-community access to child care services for low income families
Immigration Resource Committee:
-institutional support to make effective, including possibly hiring additional person / people
-coordination of work
Diagnosis / identify needs of students and families
-ways to identify family SES and educational background (on Aeries / Free & Reduced lunch) if helpful
-onsite social worker(s)
-communication to all necessary stakeholders
-effective system in place
School Climate (for Students)
-cultural events (during school day and outside school day)
-student input on Immigration Resource Committee and/or other relevant committees
-student reps to school board?
-input into hiring? (often have student reps)
-input in WASC meetings?
-school wide events to celebrate immigration & world cultures?
-ELD commissioners / participation in ASB
-Input: deliberate and consistent mechanisms to seek student input?
STUDENT AGENCY & STUDENT VOICE
-building / strengthening culture of trust
-diminish student fear and anxiety due to legal uncertainty and other issues
-global / immersion trips (during summer or school year)
-Student clubs that are identity affirming: LSU; Asian Pacific Islander club? Chinese-American club?
Curriculum in non-ELD Classes
-access to highly qualified Instructional Aids
-inclusion and support in AP classes
-access to AVID?
-departments: Social Studies, ELD, English, World Languages (esp. Spanish)
-curriculum in mainstream classes
-rigor and scaffolding in mainstream classes
-teacher awareness of social and academic needs
Academic Counseling & Mentoring
-help with FAFSA (esp if student is undocumented)
-help with college apps (esp if student is undocumented)
-helps with college admissions and skills
-support, encouragement, access (financial) to summer enrichment opportunities (college prep, internships, volunteering, work)
-appropriate diagnosis & placement in SPED if necessary
-NOTE: intersectionality (students don’t always “fit” into 1 category)
-academic counseling tailored to meet students’ needs if they do not have parental support (esp. If student is not in AVID)
-access to on campus tutoring
-access to mentoring
-Access to Academic counseling (bilingual / language access)?
-strength, rigor, scaffolding in ELD classes
-teacher training (ELD and non-ELD)
-Identifying students’ strengths and needs in L1 and L2
-Assessing EL proficiency