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How Can They Learn if They Are Afraid? Supporting Learning for Immigrant/Refugee Secondary Students

One of the many challenges in today's classroom is creating a welcoming and supportive environment for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Many of these students have struggles that can affect their learning, whether its English language acquisition, fear of deportation or discrimination, and so on. So how can one teacher make a difference? Read on for some excellent resources to prepare you to welcome immigrant and refugee students to your classroom.
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How Can They Learn if They Are Afraid? Supporting Learning for Immigrant/Refugee Secondary Students
  • ptotoday.com

    Connect With Immigrant Parents

    7 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    If you fear your attempts at connecting with your immigrant students' parents will get lost in translation, this case study demonstrates how one school's PTA successfully bridged the gap.
  • gse.harvard.edu

    The Education of Immigrant Children

    7 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    "Even though one out of every four children in the United States is an immigrant or the U.S.-born child of immigrants, many schools are ill-equipped to meet their needs." English language acquisition, "cultural straddling," and discrimination are all struggles faces by these children. This article explains the sort of "cultural competency" that teachers in today's educational environment need to develop in order to face the challenges ahead.
  • behavioradvisor.com


    7 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    This post details 10 ways that you can help recent immigrant students to succeed in your classroom. Each tip is bolstered with a research-based explanation of its validity, as well as practical advice for putting it into practice.
  • learnnc.org

    Climbing the school ladder: A challenging task for immigrant Latino students

    6 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    Diversity among the Latin American immigrant population means that there are a number of factors influencing school achievement for immigrant children, including economic struggles, instability, culture shock, language gap, etc. Getting to know a child's story can help teachers develop an individual plan for such students. This article provides helpful information to teachers trying to get their bearing on issues relevant to their immigrant students.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    A large part of making immigrant and refugee students feel comfortable may be teaching tolerance within your classroom. This critical thinking reading and language arts lesson addresses a number of stereotypes about immigration, getting a respectful conversation started among students themselves.
  • colorincolorado.org

    How to Support Refugee Students in the ELL Classroom

    9 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    This well-known bilingual website (Colorin colorado!) focuses on the needs of English language learners. This article details the challenges faced by refugees, from mental health issues to lack of documentation, and suggests steps you can take to ease their fears and make your students feel more at home.
  • edutopia.org

    Welcoming Immigrant Students Into the Classroom

    5 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    With roughly 1.7 million undocumented students under age 30, and a spike in unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States, there's no point in continuing to argue that the situation is not ideal for education. Instead, teachers need realistic tools and strategies for coping with the influx of immigrant students right now. Here are some do's and don'ts for building relationships and welcoming these children into your classroom.
  • theatlantic.com

    Undocumented Students Are Assets in American Classrooms

    7 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    "U.S. citizens who wish that undocumented students would disappear from public schools fail to recognize how much they have to offer in America's education system." This well-researched article provides a fresh take on the issue of undocumented students, asserting that a change in attitudes toward these students is important to understanding their value in our classrooms.