Safe Havens Toolkit
Topnotch resources for educators and families
Many school and college districts have passed resolutions asserting their right to keep public education safe for all students. You will find a resolution protecting public schools, model language for declaring a college a safe zone, and a sample letter for higher education campuses.
Protecting Our Students is AFT’s helpful online resource where you can find the following materials.
- Immigrant and Refugee Children, A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff: This excellent booklet includes an educator’s FAQ about immigration raids, what do if ICE comes to your door, and things educators can do to protect undocumented children and their families. Also available in Spanish.
- Know Your Rights: A single-page factsheet on the rights of immigrants, also in Spanish.
- Defense to Deportation A helpful series of factsheets, also in Spanish.
- DREAMers Welcome Poster: Download colorful poster or order more from the AFT.
- AFTAllIn: AFT micro-site with AFT positions on executive orders and member resources
- Share My Lesson website offers dozens of lesson plans for all grade levels on dozens of immigration-related topics as well as resources from AFT, the ACLU, and the Anti-Defamation League.
Colorín Colorado! highlights important resources for schools serving immigrant students including the two listed below:
- Stress Related to Immigration Status in Students: A Brief Guide for Schools from Marquette University
- Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff from Teaching Tolerance.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has a complete toolkit for students and educators who may be impacted by the Trump administration’s executive orders on immigration. Find out who these orders directly affect and what action to take as a result.
United Autoworkers, Local 2865, has compiled a list of resources specifically for UC students.
United We Dream has created Deportation Defense Cards in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and English that can be downloaded to your phone. You can also download hotline numbers to report ICE activity in your city.
American Civil Liberties Union offers a comprehensive and easy-to-use question-and-answer section on numerous topics such as from ICE raids, demonstrations and protests, and anti-Muslim discrimination. Some videos in Spanish.
Report hate crimes. The Southern Poverty Law Center is also tracking hate crimes because it’s important to know what’s happening and where in order to craft policies and responses to defend and defuse.
Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC). Here is a site that explains the use of ITIN’s (Individual Tax ID numbers) and how to continue employing individuals who do not have DACA.
California state legislation and leader reaction
: Senate Bill 54, sponsored by Senate Pro Tem Kevin De León will provide essential safeguards to ensure that police, schools, hospitals and courts remain accessible to Californians from all walks of life and that California’s limited resources are directed to matters of greatest concern to state and local governments.
California Religious Freedom Act: Senate Bill 31, authored by Ricardo Lara, would prevent local and state government agencies from collecting data, sharing data, or using resources to participate in any program that would create a list or registry of people based on their religion, ethnicity, or national origin — a direct response to President Trump’s call for a Muslim registry.
: “Our schools are not and will not become an arm of the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement. Instead, they will remain safe places for learning and teaching for all students, regardless of immigration status.”
Joint statement from California legislative leaders Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount): “California is — and must always be — a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations — regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love… California will defend its people and our progress.”
Gov. Jerry Brown, in his State of the State speech on January 24, vowed to do everything in his power to protect all Californians, as reported in this Politico article.
Classroom lesson plans
“Teaching After the Election of Trump” from The Zinn Education Project offers ways to show students, for example, how social movements have made strides during dark times, and highlights examples of “divide and conquer” politics.
“Voting and Elections: Resources for a Civil Classroom” from Teaching Tolerance and the Southern Poverty Law Center gives lots of ideas for lessons on subjects including responding to bias, participating in civic life, and an educator’s guide to religious diversity and the immigration debate.
Boston University: Returning to the Classroom After the Election
This collection of resources, aimed at higher education, includes topics like facilitating difficult discussions and helping students in distress.
Edutopia has comprehensive lesson plans mostly created before the election, but with video links and lessons on topics such as the Electoral College.
The New York Times Learning Network offers lesson plans on current events, social studies, and other subjects.