ERIC Number: ED366495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
A Blueprint for an Educational Response to the Needs of Immigrant Students.
IDRA Newsletter, v21 n1 p3-5,15 Jan 1994
The United States is now experiencing a new wave of immigrants, which is expected to increase as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Schools, particularly those in five states, are facing great challenges in their efforts to meet the educational needs of immigrant students, most of whom speak different languages and are poor. When school systems are unprepared for this influx, teachers and administrators feel overwhelmed and become defeatist. In order to provide the best instruction for all students, school personnel must have adequate knowledge and resources and must be able to rid themselves of negative stereotypes and expectations. Successful immigrant student programs emphasize student orientation to school and society, bilingual instruction, specialized instructional techniques, low student/teacher ratio, a wide range of support services, comprehensive staff development, multicultural education, and supportive environments. This article presents a framework for equity and excellence outlining aspects of school effectiveness correlates: (1) instructional leadership; (2) instructional focus; (3) safe and orderly school climate; (4) high student expectations; (5) monitoring and measuring progress; and (6) parent and community support. (SV)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Strategies, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Immigrants, Institutional Characteristics, Mexican American Education, School Effectiveness, Secondary School Students, Student Adjustment, Student School Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Expectations of Students
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For entire newsletter (theme: "Educating Recent Immigrants") from which this article was extracted, see RC 019 494.