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

CUNY-IIE's video series on immigration in schools premieres Dec. 5 ...  The City College of New York News

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

The CUNY Initiative on Immigration and Education Premieres New Video Series

The CUNY Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE) will showcase its new video series, highlighting school-wide projects from three elementary schools in New York state. The premiere will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Aaron Davis Hall on The City College of New York campus.

Not Too Young: Immigration in Elementary Schools

The video series, titled “Not Too Young: Immigration in Elementary Schools,” aims to demonstrate how schools can be responsive to their immigrant communities and prioritize immigrant students and families. The projects featured in the series 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)
  • “Family Literacy Program,” where 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 Tatyana Kleyn, the film’s director and CUNY-IIE Principal Investigator. Kleyn is also a professor of bilingual education and TESOL programs at The City College of New York. “These videos highlight how schools 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 the premiere can be made here.

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