See our current gallery of student work:
See also: Immigrant Students Use Cartoons to Share Their Journeys—an incredible project and book by students at Oakland International High School, Oakland, CA
PROVIDENCE, RI—Immigration issues continue to fire up debate across America, including how to streamline a heavily bureaucratic visa application process and address the millions of undocumented immigrants already in the United States—particularly young people brought here by their parents. The debate plays out locally as much as nationally (fiercely in border states like Arizona). Almost every community in the nation has become a home to new immigrants, with the promise and challenges they bring.
One of the best ways to engage students in this critical debate, we believe, is to have them gather the stories (and images) of immigrants near at hand. Your students can bring back powerful interviews if they venture into their communities to talk to immigrants they meet or know about their experiences.
WKCD learned this, when we coached and then published such work by New York City students in our photo essay book Forty-Cent Tip: Stories of New York City Immigrant Workers.
Here we are offer you a look at our coaching guidelines—and a chance to be published—in the hope that you will try the project, too!
Work like this sparks students’ learning in many ways:
WKCD offers the following resources to help with your project:
Download our manual for teachers and students.
Read a review of Forty-Cent Tip in News Photographer, the magazine of the National Press Photographers Association.
Contact us if you have additional questions about how to make this project happen in your school or community.
We look forward to hearing from you, and to publishing the inspiring work produced by your students, wherever you may be. If you already have immigrant stories collected by your students that you’d like us to see and perhaps publish online, please send them to email@example.com.
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“There’s a radical—and wonderful—new idea here… that all children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on the world.”
– Deborah Meier, educator