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An unlikely destination: Meeting the educational needs of immigrant, migrant and refugee children in the suburbs of Chicago, IL

Marla Israel (Division of Student Learning Programs, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois, USA)
Nancy Goldberger (Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Elizabeth Vera (Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Amy Heineke (Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe a university-multi-school district partnership that positively affected the lives of P-12 immigrant, migrant and refugee students and their parents through an iterative collaboration of talent and resources among institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a case study describing a university-school partnership grant-funded program detailing the processes, products, and implications for policy and practice.

Findings

University faculty and public school educators must work through intentional, contextually informed partnerships. It is through these partnerships that scarce resources of time, talent, and funds can be used wisely to build sustainable systems to educate students in K-12 schools and prepare future leaders for this work.

Research limitations/implications

This is a case study limited to the suburban Chicagoland area. Generalities to other communities cannot be directly made.

Originality/value

This study builds on the extant literature of university-school district partnerships and sustainable leadership theory by exploring the processes for creating iterative and individualized structures that benefit both university and public school districts. This study implores universities to re-examine priorities and purpose, especially within schools and colleges of education, in order to remain viable, relevant institutions for positive school improvement.

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Citation

Israel, M., Goldberger, N., Vera, E. and Heineke, A. (2017), "An unlikely destination: Meeting the educational needs of immigrant, migrant and refugee children in the suburbs of Chicago, IL", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 31 No. 5, pp. 580-597. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-09-2016-0190

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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