How does Internationals Network support International High Schools and help immigrant students achieve their dreams?
Internationals Network creates professional development structures and collaborative opportunities that result in a strong and effective community of practice across our schools. In delivering consistent, timely and focused support services to our school leaders and faculties, we enhance their capacity to effectively educate their recently arrived immigrant English language learner students populations. Our assistance is essential to the continued high performance of existing schools and to the successful creation of new International High Schools – our systematized structures and collaborative interschool programs build community, raise understanding and utilize data to inform and adjust the implementation of best practices in our classrooms.
How do we know we are achieving our goals?
Testimonials from faculty served by our programs and students educated in our high schools provide anecdotal evidence that our work is critical. Student and school benchmark data –graduation rates, course pass, attendance and drop out rates, standardized tests and college acceptance rates, all favorably demonstrate the success of the Internationals Approach and our school support services. Our students continue to outperform metrics for the general English language learner population in other high schools in the districts where our schools are located.
Carola Suarez-Orozco, Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development and Co-Director of Immigration Studies at NYU conducted research in a newly opened International High School as part of a larger study to document innovative practices and strong outcomes for children of immigrants. Findings in Innovative Schooling Practices for Children of Immigrants: Lessons From Schools In New York & Sweden, a research project conducted with Margary Martin, Mikael Alexandersson, Tomni Dance, and Johannes Lunneblad, indicate the following innovative practices in International High Schools:
- Interdisciplinary teacher teams responsible for small groups of students share planning time to allow for collaborative curriculum planning, and provide opportunities to discuss the individual needs of students that they serve
- Students overwhelmingly feel safe and supported
- Academic support and enrichment is provided in extended school day opportunities
- The schools have a strategic approach to help newcomer youth adjust to their new environs
- As each new student comes in, teacher teams meet to discuss the new student, and a series of assessments are conducted and discussed in order to develop the best plan for each student. The teachers meet with as many of the parents as possible
- All teachers in the school receive extensive training in language-development curriculum, where language learning is embedded across the entire curriculum. Writing is not simply an activity for language arts classes. Students are encouraged daily to write and use their developing language skills in every class