Resources and Links for School Board Members and Policymakers

Classroom & School Resources

Factsheets

  • The Education Trust – West (ETW) provides a quick and accessible snapshot of our state’s undocumented student population, resources for parents, and organizations that can help families or individuals with immigration questions or issues.

Guides & Legal Resources

  • Appleseed is updating its “Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation” manual to help families develop plans in advance to deal with critical financial and family issues in the event of deportation, arrest and other family emergencies; this resource has informational videos and legal resource documents for families and those who can help these communities.
  • The Contra Costa County of Education has put together a toolkit which includes strategies in dealing with potential student demonstrations, tips for educators and parents to support students in stressful times, examples of communications sent by teachers and administrators in the wake of the election, and policy-focused resources that address immigrant rights.
  • The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has guides, program information, and resources to help undocumented students get financial aid for attending a college or universities in the state. These resources discuss AB 540 (out-of-state tuition exemption), The CA Dream Act, Cal Grants, and other programs.
  • The California State University system and their 23 campuses are committed to ensuring academic opportunities are available to all the state’s students, regardless of citizenship status. They put together a resource guide for undocumented students which includes information on admissions, financial aid, legal support services, and campus support services.

Position Statements

  • The California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA), released a statement to their members about meeting the educational needs of the communities they serve in this uncertain time for undocumented students, families, and communities.

Reports & Policy Briefs

  • The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) has developed guides and reports to provide anyone with information about family separation due to detention and deportation, safety planning and child welfare for families; it helps answer the all important question: “What about my children?”

Sample Resolutions

Social & Emotional Support

  • Family Paths offers a 24-Hour Parent Support Hotline to help parents experiencing any additional stress or worries. Their calls can be answered in English and Spanish but they also have translations services for over 400 languages.
  • Wexford Inc is a nonprofit educational agency whose mission it is to increase educational excellence through equity by building bridges of understanding. They put together a list of various organizations and resources in their newest “Charting the Course” publication which provides educational decision makers with current information on how to best support students emotionally and psychologically.