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New Report from the Center for Education Equity at MAEC Provides Strategies for Schools Serving Recently Arrived Students

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Five “Bright Spot” Schools in Maine, Kentucky, New York, and Vermont Profiled

A new report released by MAEC’s Center for Education Equity describes effective practices learned from five schools that serve “newcomers,” K-12 students who have recently immigrated to the United States.

The “bright spot” schools highlighted in Creating New Futures for Newcomers: Lessons from Five Schools that Serve K-12 Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylees demonstrate promising strategies, proven approaches, and fresh ideas that can benefit all educators, but especially those who work with immigrant and refugee students.

“More and more classrooms in the United States are filled with students who literally bring the world with them. All of us in education – educators, local organizations, and families – have recognized the critical need for effective programs and supports for newcomer students,” said Maria del Rosario (Charo) Basterra, Vice President for MAEC. “These students face many new challenges – the education system, learning a language, and often coping with trauma and separation from their families. The five ‘bright spot’ schools in our report offer real-world examples of promising practices that benefit students. We hope that educators across the country can use it to learn the best ways to support these students and help them achieve long-term success.”

MAEC also produced a video with HBH Enterprises, The Newcomer Dream, profiling one of these “bright spot” schools as seen through the eyes of one of its students.



MAEC is an education non-profit dedicated to increasing access to a high-quality education for culturally, racially, linguistically, and economically diverse learners. We work to promote excellence and equity in education to achieve social justice.


The Center for Education Equity (CEE) is a program of MAEC. CEE is one of four regional equity assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to address problems caused by segregation and inequities. CEE provides technical assistance and training, upon request, in the areas of race, sex, national origin, and religion to public school districts and other responsible governmental agencies to promote equitable education opportunities.


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