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Lessons from the Field Webinar - Welcoming Newcomer Students

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, and the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join our next webinar: Welcoming Newcomer Students.


Schools are often the very first places to welcome newcomer students and families into the United States. ‘Newcomers’ refers to K-12 students born outside the U.S. who have arrived in the country in the last three years and are still learning English. These students and their families may have experienced trauma on their journey to the U.S., they may be unfamiliar with the U.S. school system, and may need myriad supports to feel comfortable starting their educational experiences in a new country.


This webinar builds on the September 6, 2023, webinar, Supporting Newcomer Students. In this webinar, experts will provide resources to help educators welcome and fully engage newcomers and their families in and out of the classroom including providing trauma-informed care and social emotional developmental practices. Panelists from schools around the country will discuss the tools, strategies, and best practice examples they use to meet the needs of newcomers and their families to build community, support mental health, and help them thrive. The webinar will wrap-up with questions from the audience.  


Speakers & Panelists

ModeratorCindy Carraway-Wilson, Training Specialist, NCSSLE

  • Dr. Brenda Custodio, Owner, Newcomer and ELL Services; Education Program Specialist, The Ohio State University, OH  
  • Montserrat Garibay, Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education 
  • Dr. Sara-Jean Lipmen, Newcomer Instructional Coach, Los Angeles Unified School District, CA
  • Geovanni Mendez, Student, Youth Lived Experience Expert  
  • Judith O’Loughlin, Educational Consultant, Language Matters Educational Consultants, OR 
  • Sary Portillo, Multilingual Family Engagement Manager, Denver Public Schools Office of Multilingual Education, CO
  • Megan Ritter, National Strategic Outreach Lead, Refugee Program Interagency Outreach and Response, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration of Children and Families, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Angelia Ross, Principal, International Newcomer Academy, Fort Worth Independent School District, TX

Webinar Materials

  • Speaker Bios (Coming Soon on March 13)
  • Slides (Coming Soon on March 13)
  • Recording (Coming Soon on March 14)
  • Transcript (Coming Soon on March 15)

Related Resources


Attendees must register to participate. Who should register? State and District Leaders, School Administrators, Educators, Student Support Personnel, Parents, and other Education Stakeholders. 



Please contact NCSSLE if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing this information with you and hearing about the important work you are doing in your schools, communities, and states to meet the needs of students and staff.


More on the Lessons from the Field Series

To access archived materials from previous webinars and to find out what is coming next, go here.


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About the Author

The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The Department's mission is to serve America's students-to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.