The educational outreach goals are to do the following:
- Improve student and faculty cultural sensitivity on immigrant issues
- Encourage professional development and sensitivity training for service providers and business leaders who work with immigrants
- Recognize and cultivate leaders in immigrant communities
- Develop and strengthen coalitions, resources, and activities
- Convene public forums and preview screenings on related issues
- Build awareness of the series using electronic networks, newsletters, and Web sites
The target audience is service providers, youth leaders, faith-based and immigrant organizations, community colleges and other postsecondary educational institutions, vocational education and adult basic education organizations, English-as-an-additional-language programs, in-service educators, outreach staff and Ready To Learn coordinators at public television stations, and civic and educational organizations.
The teaching materials for The New Americans address U.S. History, Mathematics, World History, Social Studies, Language Arts, Behavioral Studies, Civics, Global Connections, and Humanities national content standards established at www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarks/.
The New Americans Series Guide and Activity Book at www.itvs.org/outreach/newamericans/guide/ builds on adult learning theory by focusing on issues that are relevant to the lives of adult immigrants and refugees. It builds on the readers' prior ability to understand the language and content of the film and engages them in figuring out the meaning (or many possible meanings) of spoken and written English, as well as U.S. cultures. The guide addresses English learning as an integrated process involving various communication skills and the ability to analyze and interpret cultural information. The guide may be used to accompany the series as an educational tool for the classroom (including ESOL) and professional development settings for educators and health and mental health care providers.