Next100 policy entrepreneur Alejandra Vázquez Baur co-authored a case study with Conor Williams and Jonathan Zabala—colleagues from The Century Foundation—about Oakland International High School’s (OIHS) unique support for newcomer students before and throughout the pandemic. The commentary, titled “Oakland International High School: Lessons for Engaging and Supporting Newcomer Students,” highlights how robust wraparound community school supports and engaging extracurricular activities are integral to the success of OIHS’s newcomer model.
“In the wake of the pandemic, almost all students are searching for a sense of belonging in school, whether they were born in the United States or not. Fortunately, strategies like those followed at OIHS are best practices for everyone. Schools can work flexibly to prioritize the full range of obstacles that students currently face, from academic challenges to social, emotional, and health difficulties.”
Read the full case study here.