U.S. Department of Education Showcases Success, Challenges of Native American Student in First Ever Multimedia Series, “Justin Goes to College”
The U.S. Department of Education has released a four-part multimedia series on Medium telling the story of Justin Mesteth’s journey to Wesleyan University. The videos focuses on Justin, an 18- year-old Native American student on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and the adults in his life who have helped him succeed. The series is based on the idea “It takes a village to raise a child”. The series also shares the obstacles that Justin and his family have faced as part of his journey to college. This first multimedia effort by the Education Department tells a story through words, images and videos. Learn more and see the videos on the website.
Education Resources for New Immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Students
The education of undocumented students is guaranteed by the Plyler vs. Doe decision, which specifies that certain procedures must be followed when registering immigrant children in school to avoid violation of their civil rights. Plyler vs. Doe also states that children of undocumented workers have the right to attend public primary and secondary schools. Under state laws, children of undocumented workers are required to attend school until they reach a mandated age. The U.S.Department of Education provides information and resources for families of elementary and secondary school-aged students and students who have recently arrived in the United States or who are planning to request or have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Visit the Department’s webpage.
Plyler v. Doe – Joint guidance letter from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice describes the obligations of states and school districts under federal law to provide all children — regardless of immigration status — with equal access to public education at the elementary and secondary levels. Letter also available in Spanish. Guidance is also available in Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Plyler v Doe Fact Sheet contains information on the rights of all children to enroll in school; also available in Spanish. Question and Answer Document is available for states, school districts, and parents; also available in Spanish.
For More Information
New Immigrant Guide — Guidance from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides basic information for new immigrants, including information about education, child care, and schools, and is available in 14 languages.
Responding to Clients’ Requests
We work closely with a variety of clients in Arizona, California, and Nevada at their request. We work with:
- Districts and schools
- Other local education agencies
- State education agencies
How We Can Help describes the types of services that we offer and the strategies we employ to deliver those services to our clients.
Putting the Pieces Together: Building a Positive School Climate for All
What creates a safe and supportive school climate for all students and adults? How can an equity lens strengthen school climate?
This one-day event that will address issues of school climate and equity and offer opportunities to learn from experts and colleagues about promising implementation practices. While all are welcome, teams of 3 or more are encouraged to attend in order to take full advantage of the day’s activities. Participants will:
- Become familiar with the causes and consequences of disparities in school climate outcomes.
- Learn how different types of data are used to identify inequities in school climate.
- Hear about and share promising practices to support positive school climate.
No fees are being charged to attend these events, but registration is required.
October 13, 2016
Courtyard Sacramento Cal Expo
1782 Tribute Road
Sacramento, CA 95815
October 18, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport
222 North Vineyard Avenue
Ontario, CA 91764
These events are sponsored by the the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd in collaboration with REL West at WestEd and the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd.