ERIC Number: ED368831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Newcomer Programs: Innovative Efforts to Meet the Educational Challenges of Immigrant Students.
Chang, Hedy Nai-Lin
This report provides an in-depth review of the "newcomer program phenomenon" and is designed to promote discussion of how schools can best educate and safeguard the rights of immigrant children. Through telephone interviews and site visits, the report presents data on the characteristic features of existing newcomer programs, the demographic realities that led to their creation, and how a whole host of factors affect program development. Additionally, program design and policies are reviewed covering such areas as program structure, exit policies, class size, curriculum, language of instruction, teacher selection, staff development, and program evaluation. To date, at least 17 districts have responded to the influx of newcomers by creating programs designed specifically to meet their academic and adjustment needs. Based on their experiences, several program elements are identified, including (1) a comprehensive and centralized intake process, (2) clear entrance criteria, (3) strictly enforced exit criteria, (4) a dynamic curriculum, (5) the use of curricular and extracurricular activities, (6) teachers equipped to work with newcomers, (7) bilingual support staff, (8) professional assistance for teachers and staff, and (9) administrators at all levels who understand the needs of newly arrived immigrants. Appendices contain the investigation methodology, interview guide, and newcomer program contacts. (GLR)
Descriptors: Cultural Literacy, Educational Planning, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Immigrants, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Resource Materials, Special Needs Students
California Tomorrow, Fort Mason Center, Building B, San Francisco, CA 94123 ($12 including sales tax and shipping).
Publication Type: Reference Materials - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Rosenberg Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; Walter S. Johnson Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Tomorrow, Los Angeles.
Identifiers - Location: California