According to the US Department of Education (2016) “newcomers refer to any foreign-born students and their families who have recently arrived in the United States”.  Programming and Instruction must be designed to specifically  meet students’ English language development and grade-level content needs while also addressing the student’s social and emotional needs.

      U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition. (2016). Newcomer Tool Kit. Washington, DC: Author.



For more information see the following resources:

US Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit

Colorin Colorado article about Helping ELL Newcomers: Things Your Students Need to Know by Barbara Law & Mary Eckes

Colorin Colorado Tips for welcoming Newcomers

Colorin Colorado: How to Provide Social-Emotional Support for Immigrant Students

Informal Native Language Literacy Assessment

Colorin Colorado resource- Classroom Connections: Immigration in the Curriculum