Be the Change with Jessica Lander and Rose Francois

Join Porter Square Books on Sunday, January 29 from 3-5PM for our January Be the Change event with Jessica Lander, author of Making Americans: Stories of Historic Struggles, New Ideas, and Inspiration in Immigrant Education! Rose Francois, executive director of Enroot, will join her in conversation.

A landmark work that weaves captivating stories about the past, present, and personal into an inspiring vision for how America can educate immigrant students 
Setting out from her classroom, Jessica Lander takes the reader on a powerful and urgent journey to understand what it takes for immigrant students to become Americans. A compelling read for everyone who cares about America’s future, Making Americans brims with innovative ideas for educators and policy makers across the country. 
Lander brings to life the history of America’s efforts to educate immigrants through rich stories, including these: 
-The Nebraska teacher arrested for teaching an eleven-year-old boy in German who took his case to the Supreme Court 
-The California families who overturned school segregation for Mexican American children 
-The Texas families who risked deportation to establish the right for undocumented children to attend public schools 

Making Americans is an exploration of immigrant education across the country told through key historical moments, current experiments to improve immigrant education, and profiles of immigrant students. Making Americans is a remarkable book that will reshape how we all think about nurturing one of America’s greatest assets: the newcomers who enrich this country with their energy, talents, and drive. 

20% of sales from 3-5PM will be donated to Enroot ( 

About the Author

Jessica Lander is an award-winning teacher, writer and author. She teaches history and civics to recent immigrant students in a Massachusetts public high school and has won numerous awards for her teaching, including being named a Top 50 Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, presented by the Varkey Foundation. Jessica writes frequently about education policy and teaching. She is a coauthor of Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success and author of Driving Backwards. 

About the Organization

Enroot empowers English Language Learners to achieve academic, career, and personal success through a comprehensive wrap-around after school program. Supporting recently arrived immigrant youth during their high school and college years as they learn a new language, adapt to a new culture, and set new roots is at the core of Enroot's work. Students are matched one-on-one with a volunteer mentor, participate in professional internships, attend weekly workshops focused on community engagement, leadership development, college access, and workforce readiness. Enroot serves approximately 200 students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Somerville High School and over 20 local colleges.


Event date: 

Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 3:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Making Americans: Stories of Historic Struggles, New Ideas, and Inspiration in Immigrant Education By Jessica Lander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807006658
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Beacon Press - October 4th, 2022


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