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

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.


Ashley Goodrich has taught high school social studies for 12 years in Georgia public schools and serves as a teacher consultant for the Red Clay Writing Project. She has worked on multiple projects for the Georgia Department of Education in curriculum development and standards revision and serves as an elected board member for the Georgia Council for the Social Studies. Her research interests include critical pedagogy, youth activism, and arts-based inquiry. She enjoys volunteering with ULead (a college preparedness program for un(der)documented immigrant students), reading historical fiction, going to museums, watching zombie films, and taking long walks in her neighborhood with her partner Allen and puppy at heart Clover.

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.

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