Supporting Immigrant Students

At a time of increasing threats to immigrants and their families, we can support our students by providing information about immigrant rights, learning and teaching the history and context of immigration, building the civic agency skills adults need to speak up for themselves and each other, and inviting our students to discuss their thoughts and experiences. Find links to resources (adapted from resources compiled by Literacy Resources/RI) in our Civic Engagement section. Watch for our upcoming winter webinar about what it means to be an ally to our students!


The Change Agent

Hear what adult learners have to say about the challenges and opportunities they face as they work to achieve their goals. Share their hopes and moments of regret as they learn and grow from their sometimes twisted paths toward a career. Hear from young people just starting out, older students switching careers, highly skilled immigrants who need new credentials, and those for whom available career pathways don’t quite align with their dreams. Compare pathway maps, lattices, and roadways. Study graphs and charts that encourage critical thinking about job prospects. Support your students to pursue research that will teach them about jobs and careers, as well as how to connect with resources.

Recent Webinars

Building Partnerships

This webinar explores what current and former program directors from 3 states (RI, MA, and VT) have done to develop partnerships with employers, colleges, and other agencies to create better-integrated and innovative programming, and how they have braided funding to support these collaborations. 

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Implementing IET in Rural Settings

Rural settings present particular challenges for IET programs.  This webinar focuses on varied strategies that have shown promise in three rural states: Virginia, Minnesota, and Maine. 

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IET within ESL Programs

English language learners arrive in this country with a wide range of educational backgrounds and work experience. IET programs can accelerate their access to decent jobs by building on the experience. This webinar highlights IET programs in culinary arts, building maintenance, and entrepreneurship. 

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The Change Agent Magazine

The Change Agent provides socially relevant content, powerful student writing that inspires discussion, and ready-to-use, CCR-aligned lesson plans – all oriented toward a multi-level audience.