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Making Americans: Stories of Historic Struggles, New Ideas, and Inspiration in Immigrant Education

Making Americans: Stories of Historic Struggles, New Ideas, and Inspiration in Immigrant Education

Author Jessica Lander
Publisher Beacon Press
Publication Date 2022-10-04
Section New Hardcover - Nonfiction / Education
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780807006658

A landmark work that weaves captivating stories about the past, present, and personal into an inspiring vision for how America can educate immigrant students

Setting out from her classroom, Jessica Lander takes the reader on a powerful and urgent journey to understand what it takes for immigrant students to become Americans. A compelling read for everyone who cares about America’s future, Making Americans brims with innovative ideas for educators and policy makers across the country.

Lander brings to life the history of America’s efforts to educate immigrants through rich stories, including these:

  • The Nebraska teacher arrested for teaching an eleven-year-old boy in German who took his case to the Supreme Court
  • The California families who overturned school segregation for Mexican American children
  • The Texas families who risked deportation to establish the right for undocumented children to attend public schools

She visits innovative classrooms across the country that work with immigrant-origin students, such as these:

  • A school in Georgia for refugee girls who have been kept from school by violence, poverty, and natural disaster
  • Five schools in Aurora, Colorado, that came together to collaborate with community groups, businesses, a hospital, and families to support newcomer children.
  • A North Carolina school district of more than 100 schools who rethought how they teach their immigrant-origin students

She shares inspiring stories of how seven of her own immigrant students created new homes in America, including the following:

  • The boy who escaped Baghdad and found a home in his school’s ROTC program
  • The daughter of Cambodian genocide survivors who dreamed of becoming a computer scientist
  • The orphaned boy who escaped violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and created a new community here

Making Americans is an exploration of immigrant education across the country told through key historical moments, current experiments to improve immigrant education, and profiles of immigrant students. Making Americans is a remarkable book that will reshape how we all think about nurturing one of America’s greatest assets: the newcomers who enrich this country with their energy, talents, and drive.

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