Supporting Immigrant Students and Their Learning Outcomes: A Look at Chapel Hill/Carrboro and New Hanover County Public Schools Public Deposited

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  • September 30, 2019
  • Marable, Hannah
    • Affiliation: Institute for the Study of the Americas
  • As the fifth fastest growing state in the country, receiving 113,000 people in 2018 alone, North Carolina is experiencing remarkable demographic change. Nearly one million North Carolina residents have Latin American heritage, and immigrants make up 7.9% of the population. In order to understand best practices in the education and integration of immigrants, I will conduct archival and primary qualitative research on the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school system. I will ask: How is the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school system working to improve the learning outcomes of immigrant students? What are the schools doing to support these children and their families? I will investigate the pre-existing materials and conduct interviews with principals, teachers, parents, and others. While New Hanover County's community looks different – variety emerges mostly from local white and black communities, and is home to a less diverse group of immigrants – it can be compared to Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools. I am working to understand how teachers, administrators, and support staff address the needs of students from immigrant families in New Hanover County, and how they hope to strengthen support for these students and parents in the years to come.
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