This Georgia School Offers a Dream Curriculum for Immigrant Students

Written by Thomas Shomaker

Five years’ worth of language is taught during a single school year.

Searching for a better life, Miguel Gonzalez’s family brought him to Dalton, Georgia, from Guerrero, Mexico, as a child.

“My whole life in this country has been uncertain as far as my immigration status,” says Gonzalez.

Despite this, Gonzalez thrived. He attended college, landed a job as a teacher, and in 2012, became a “Dreamer” through the Obama administration’s establishment of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Now, Gonzalez tries to help kids from similar circumstances through the Newcomer Academy, an English language program for Spanish-language students grades six and up.

As politicians negotiate the future of DACA, these children need a place to process their feelings about their immigration status. Watch the video above to see how the Newcomer Academy and teachers like Gonzalez go beyond simply acclimating immigrant children to the American school system by creating an environment where they can feel successful and thrive.

This post originally appeared on NationSwell.

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Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

Thank you for caring and sharing

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heather g9 months ago


Daniel N
Past Member 9 months ago

thanks for this

Lisa M
Lisa M9 months ago


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Lisa M9 months ago


Winn A
Winn A9 months ago

Good for them!!!!!

Danuta W
Danuta W9 months ago

Thanks for posting.

Anne M
Anne Moran9 months ago

Good man,, good teacher,, good heart,, good video... - I'm sure he makes a huge difference in those student's lives..

Lenore K
Lenore K9 months ago

sounds good, i hope they get to stay in USA

John B
John B9 months ago

Thanks Editors for sharing Mr. Shomaker's article and video.