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You Belong Here: How Teachers Create Welcoming Schools and Classrooms for Immigrant Students

Saturday, Feb. 10 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In the current political climate, teachers are finding themselves constantly pushing against discriminatory laws, policies, and rhetoric targeting immigrant students. How do we resist these harmful efforts to undermine public schools as democratic institutions where all students have the right to an education? And how do we create welcoming schools and classrooms that embody compassion, belonging, and inclusiveness?

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn from students of immigrant families about what has been helpful and would be helpful to them in their experiences at school. Students will also share their work with teachers that employ critical literacy practices to raise awareness and start a dialogue about how and why their presence matters.


Jesús Tirado taught high school social studies for nine years before coming to UGA to pursue a doctoral degree in social studies education. He has been a Red Clay Fellow and a Fellow of the Yale-New Haven Teacher Institute. He volunteers with many groups around Athens involving rights and education. His research interests include learning about citizenship and how we see/find ourselves in the world. Tirado enjoys birds and nature and spending time with his partner, Amy, and their child, Callie.

This workshop is part of the Red Clay Writing Project Saturday Morning Series and is an opportunity for teachers to receive in-depth training on important literacy education issues from teacher consultants who are experienced presenters and experts in their fields.


Cost: $45

Registration and cancellation deadline: Feb. 2

Cancellation and refund policy: All cancellations must be submitted via email before the cancellation deadline in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations after the cancellation deadline are non-refundable. If cancellation is not made by the deadline, and you are not able to attend, you or your organization is still liable for payment.


UGA Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30043