You Are Welcome Here: Support for Immigrant Students in Dearborn, Michigan
Nearly half of the students in Michigan's Dearborn Public School District are English language learners, many of whom have come from war-torn countries such as Syria and Yemen.
Our 20-minute film, You Are Welcome Here (also available with Arabic subtitles below), showcases the ways in which the district is helping its immigrant students succeed, featuring Salina Elementary School and Salina Intermediate School in the South End of Dearborn. Extended interviews are available along with recommended resources below.
Viewer note: The film includes references to traumatic topics such as violence and family separation.
This film was produced with the generous support of our founding partner, the American Federation of Teachers.
A warm welcome for immigrant families in the front office
Norieah Ahmed, the Child Accounting Secretary at Salina Elementary School in Dearborn, MI, talks about her role in welcoming newcomer immigrant families to the school from the moment they walk in the door.
Interviews with Featured Educators
Susan Stanley is the principal of Salina Elementary School in Dearborn, Michigan. In this interview, she discusses the ways her school is helping to address student trauma and creating a welcoming environment for all families.
Diana Alqadhi, Enlgish Language Development Specialist, Salina Intermediate School
Diana Alqadhi is an English Language Development Specialist at Salina Intermediate School in Dearborn, MI. As part of her work, she teachers newcomer immigrants. In this interview, she talks about the importance of building relationships with students and identifying their strengths.
Nadra Shami currently serves as a Language and Literacy SIOP Trainer in Dearborn, MI. The daughter of immigrants, Nadra grew up in Dearborn and her first job was at the school she attended as a child. In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Nadra explains how Dearborn is supporting its English language learners and immigrant students by developing staff capacity to serve a diverse student population.