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    “What’s Going to Happen to Us?”

    Cultivating Partnerships with Immigrant Families in an Adverse Political Climate

    ADRIANA VILLAVICENCIO, CHANDLER PATTON MIRANDA, JIA-LIN LIU, AND HUA-YU SEBASTIAN CHERNG
    With the increasing numbers of immigrant and refugee students across the US K–12 system, the xenophobia of the current political climate, and the effects of COVID-19 on the immigrant community, it is critical to examine schools that serve immigrant students and their families. Drawing on case studies of two public high schools that exclusively serve immigrant students, authors Adriana Villavicencio, Chandler Patton Miranda, Jia-Lin Liu, and Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng examine how educators frame the current political context and how this frame informs their collective approach to engaging with and supporting families. The study finds that these schools shifted norms of parental engagement by proactively forging relationships with families, cultivating alliances with community partners, and mediating within families around challenges related to work and higher education to benefit the communities they serve. In so doing, these school actors have shifted the norms of parental engagement to center the perspectives, voices, and experiences of immigrant families.

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    Adriana Villavicencio (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8391-9335) is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Her research is focused on how K–12 educational policy and practice deepens or disrupts inequities for historically underserved students and their families. For nearly a decade she helped lead the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at NYU—a Research-Practice Partnership with the NYC Department of Education. Her book Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Educational Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Brown Boys (Harvard Education Press, 2021) examines how districts and schools can embed racial equity into their guiding principles and daily practices. Before becoming a researcher, Villavicencio taught middle and high school English in Oakland, California; Brooklyn, New York; and Bangalore, India.

    Chandler Patton Miranda is a term assistant professor in the Education and Urban Studies programs at Barnard College. Her research focuses on urban immigrant education in the US context as it relates to institutional culture, timelines for graduation, the politics of English language learning, and equitable assessment practices. She is a former high school science teacher, and her work has appeared in the Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, Theory into Practice, and Leadership and Policy in Schools.

    Jia-Lin Liu is a PhD candidate in international education in the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Sciences, and Humanities in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Development, and Education, New York University. Her research focuses on immigration and education, specifically the decision-making processes and lived experiences of undocumented and mixed-status Chinese immigrant families in the US and their sending communities in China.

    Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng is an associate professor of international education in the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Sciences, and Humanities in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Development, and Education, New York University. His research focuses on immigration and migration in the US and China and the educational inequalities that manifest in these contexts.
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    Fall 2021 Issue

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    “What’s Going to Happen to Us?”
    Cultivating Partnerships with Immigrant Families in an Adverse Political Climate
    ADRIANA VILLAVICENCIO, CHANDLER PATTON MIRANDA, JIA-LIN LIU, AND HUA-YU SEBASTIAN CHERNG

    Book Notes

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    Educating for Durable Solutions
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    Schooling for Critical Consciousness
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    Charter School City
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    The Young Crusaders
    V. P. Franklin

    The Last Negroes at Harvard
    Kent Garrett and Jeanne Ellsworth