USED: Lessons from the Field Webinar - Supporting Newcomer Students

Lessons from the Field Webinar - Supporting Newcomer Students


Attention: State and District Leaders, School Administrators, Educators, Student Support Personnel, Parents, and Education Stakeholders  


The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to address topics that are on the top of educators’ minds. After sharing federal updates, the series features lessons learned and best practices from faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other places of educational instruction. It also shares a variety of useful resources.  


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


Wednesday, September 6, 2023 

3:00 – 4:30 pm ET 


U.S. schools are critical institutions for supporting all types of newcomers to 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. Newcomer students and their families are also learning how to adjust to the U.S. education system. In this webinar, speakers will highlight several new resources including the U.S. Department of Education’s recently updated Newcomer Toolkit, which helps educators support newcomers and their families in and out of the classroom. Our speakers will discuss their own lived experience as newcomers and present the latest data trends. The webinar will also feature a robust panel discussion with experts from around the country discussing the tools, strategies, and best practice examples they use to meet the needs of newcomers and help them build the skills needed to thrive socially, emotionally, and academically. 



  • Montserrat Garibay, Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education 

  • Dr. Brenda Calderon, Senior Advisor, Office of Elementary & Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education 

  • Dr. Melissa Castillo, Senior Advisor, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education   

  • Dr. Fernanda Kray, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research 

  • Diana Torres, Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research 



  • Dr. Karime Asaf, Chief of Language and Cultural Education, Chicago Public Schools, IL 

  • Jessica Gonzalez, EL Coordinator/SEI Instructor, Ludlow Public Schools, MA 

  • Andrew Johnson, International Welcome Center Coordinator, Austin Independent School District, TX 

  • Ryan Rumpf, Program Administrator, Kansas City Public Schools International Welcome Center, MO 



  • Gabriela Uro, Director for English Language Learner Policy and Research, Council of the Great City Schools, Washington D.C. 


Webinar Materials

  • Speaker bios (Coming soon on September 6)

  • Slides (Coming soon on September 6)

  • Recording (Coming soon on September 7)

  • Transcript (Coming soon on September 8)


Related Resources 



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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 Webinar Series

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