District staff trained in how to support SAISD’s DREAMers

School counselors, parent and family liaisons and social workers recently received training on how to support undocumented students so that families understand children’s rights to a K-12 education.

The sessions followed a Sept. 7 statement from Superintendent Pedro Martinez urging Congress to protect students who are children of immigrants by continuing DACA - the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Trustees also approved a resolution at the Sept. 11 School Board meeting.

“Undocumented students represent one of the most vulnerable groups served by schools in the United States today,” Martinez said in his statement.

The training was led by Viridiana Carizales, Teach For America’s DACA corps member public partnerships team support managing director.

Participants received information including the educational rights of DREAMers (from the acronym for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) and how to support them.

A future SAISD training will provide high school staff members with resources to help parents and students learn how to apply for college and financial aid.

Also available soon at campuses will be additional information in English and Spanish for students, parents and families regarding rights of immigrants and DACA individuals.