The administration is juggling a huge number of education initiatives at the moment. Yesterday, when no one was looking, first lady Michelle Obama kicked off the #BetterMakeRoom initiative, “to celebrate education and give students a creative space while navigating the college-going process.”

The Department of Education’s John King had his own announcement to make today, which he delivered to students at San Francisco State University. That important announcement was the publication of a new, 63-page document to support all students, no matter where they’re born.

No matter where they’re born? Does that mean what we think it does? Of course.

Look at those poor kids, hiding in the shadows. Maybe this new guide can help lead them out.


Teachers and counselors will especially appreciate specific tips just for them. Some examples are:

  • Engage in self-reflection to address personal biases and increase multicultural competence.
  • Incorporate discussions around diversity and immigration into instruction.
  • Understand the stress and other feelings undocumented youth and their families may experience.
  • Develop and host multicultural trainings and workshops that educate and equip school staff to support undocumented students and their families.

Most important, know the law, and out of respect for undocumented students from Mexico, ban American flag T-shirts during your school’s Cinco de Mayo celebration; a court has ruled that it’s legal to curb certain civil rights to ensure campus safety.