Newcomer Programming Tools
This free, online resource allows newcomers to learn and practice new vocabulary through a variety of activities such as matching, dictation, and fill-in-the-blank exercises.
Minneapolis Public Schools has put together this useful collection of resources including assessment and instructional strategies to get your newcomers started.
This is a good resource for educators who are new to working with newcomer populations.
These resource sections from Colorín Colorado offer specific guidance for working with refugees, migrants, students with interrupted education, newcomer immigrants, unaccompanied children, and internationally adopted students.
This initiative and website from the Office of Refugee Resettlement includes multimedia resources, including archived webinars, videos, and social network communities.
This report discusses effective strategies for teaching ELLs who have not had the benefit of formal education or who have had interrupted formal education. The article includes an overview of recent research in this area, as well as recommended resources.
Home of the Brave, a novel written in free verse by Katherine Applegate, tells the story of Kek, an eleven-year-old boy from the Sudan who arrives as a refugee to Minnesota in the middle of winter. The Teacher's Guide for includes discussion questions, activities on idioms and language, and web resources about the war in Sudan. Highly recommended for ELL educators and students. Appropriate for grades 4-12.
The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Program's (AFOP) mission is to improve the quality of life for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families by providing advocacy for the member organizations that serve them. AFOP's Children in the Fields campaign also advocates for enhanced educational opportunities and protective child labor laws for children.
This articles tells the story of student Johnny Romah, and discusses efforts in Canada to educate SIFE students.
A comprehensive resource guide published by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) that highlights best practices for a variety of ELL student needs and offers descriptions of instructional programs designed around best practices.
A PowerPoint presentation from Margarita Calderón that describes characteristics of SIFEs, their academic needs, and a professional development model designed to meet their unique educational requirements.
This article by researcher Dr. Deborah Short provides an overview of newcomer programs and how they address students linguistic, academic, and acculturation needs.
The SIOP Model is a research-based and validated model of sheltered instruction. Professional development in the SIOP Model focuses on helping teachers plan and deliver lessons that allow English learners to acquire academic knowledge as they develop English language proficiency. Learn more from about SIOP from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL).
This report offers recommendations on how to improve New York City's capacity to serve SIFEs.
This article describes how one teacher successfully worked with elementary-level SIFE bilingual students. Freeman, Yvonne. Bilingual Research Journal. National Association for Bilingual Education, 2001.
This article from the Journal of Education and Human Development highlights an instructional practice designed to give ELL students more access to content by using specific strategies with non-fiction text.
These resources include articles, state-wide models and programs, and curriculum ideas for educators working with migrant students.
Provides technical assistance to service providers working with refugee children and their families in the U.S.
Resources targeted towards helping newcomer students adjust to their U.S. school environment.
UNICEF Information by country about universal education.
A research report from Brown University addressing concerns about SIFE education. The report documents a successful literacy program in a Boston public school: the Haitian Literacy Program at Hyde Park High School.
Welcoming America is a national network of nonprofits and local governments offering support in developing plans, programs, and policies that create welcoming communities for immigrants.
In this documentary, five resilient immigrant teenagers come together over a year at the International High School at Lafayette (Brooklyn) and struggle to learn their new land.
Journalist Brooke Hauser spends a year at Brooklyn high school serving newcomer immigrant students, following students from their very first traumatic days of school all the way to their graduation ceremony.
This national network serving newcomer offers a variety of resources for educators and school staff on its website.