CUNY-IIE’s video series on immigration in schools premieres Dec. 5 at CCNY

The CUNY Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE) premieres its new video series, featuring school-wide projects produced by three elementary schools in New York state, on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Aaron Davis Hall on The City College of New York campus.

Not Too Young: Immigration in Elementary Schools” illustrates the ways in which schools can be responsive to their immigrant communities and prioritize immigrant students and families at their schools.

The projects are:

  • Welcoming New Students: A Guide for Teachers, Created by Students” (PS212Q, Jackson Heights);
  • “My Story and Our Story,” a collaboration with CUNY-IIE and the Tenement Museum (PS340X, the Bronx); and
  • “Family Literacy Program,” in which families from Burundi, Costa Rica and Mexico share their stories about schooling in their countries of origin and learn about the education system in the U.S. (The Children’s School of Rochester).

“We highly encourage current and future educators, school administrators, professors, families, students, and community members to attend this free event,” said the film’s director, CUNY-IIE Principal Investigator Tatyana Kleyn, professor of bilingual education and TESOL programs at The City College of New York. “These videos highlight how school can and must center immigration, even for our youngest students. We hope these videos will serve as examples of what’s possible and encourage other schools to create relevant approaches to serve their immigrant communities.”

Reservations to attend may be made here.

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Syd Steinhardt