From October 2013 to September 2015, US Customs and Border Protection apprehended more than 102,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America and Mexico at the US–Mexican border. An issue brief from the Migration Policy Institute details the scope of the situation, explains how the US immigration system is handling these cases, and documents the challenges these children face, often including recovery from trauma and gaps in formal education. The brief also notes how school districts serving unaccompanied minors have responded to the influx. Local school districts bear most of the cost of educating unaccompanied minors. The brief includes links to several federal programs that provide states and local education agencies with additional funds for the effort. It also highlights strategies affected school districts have used to serve these students. The report, Unaccompanied Child Migrants in U.S. Communities, Immigration Court, and Schools, is available to download, free of charge, on the Migration Policy Institute’s website.
A generation of children grew up playing settlers heading west on the Oregon Trail. They remember it mostly for the moment their party died of dysentery. Now, a new spin on the wagon train game focuses on more accurately representing Native Americans and includes new storylines and playable Native American characters.
Jumpstart PD is a learning platform that combines the neuroscience of Universal Design for Learning with the mindset of culturally sustaining pedagogy to provide equity-focused professional learning that measurably changes practice and outcomes.
The Carter Center for K–12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri focuses on research projects and teacher professional development activities that seek to improve K–12 Black history education. The Carter Center’s Annual Teaching Black History Conference brings together educators who seek transformative and engaging ways to teach Black history in both history and humanities courses, preK–grade 12.