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In Federal Fiscal Year 2019, nearly 70,000 unaccompanied immigrant children crossed the Southern border and were in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement – a record number. What brings these youth to the U.S., what happens when they get here, and how do they end up in our classrooms? What type of education, if any, do they receive while in ORR custody and how can we support these students when they enroll in our schools? This 5 hour training will address all of these questions and more!

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Teachers will learn strategies and powerful ways to support students

To best support our students social, emotional and academic needs, we must

first understand their stories

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During this 5 hour training with Laura you will:

describe who unaccompanied immigrant youth are, including basic demographic characteristics and their reasons for coming to the U.S.;

examine the Flores agreement and the role of Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the lives of unaccompanied immigrant youth;

analyze what happens to children between the border and your classroom, including what is involved in locating a sponsor;

explore the social-emotional, educational, and legal experiences of these youth as they reunify with family members, enroll in and adjust to school, and await their immigration hearings; and

develop strategies for supporting unaccompanied immigrant students in your classroom and school.

You have access to the 5 hour training for the entire school year


"I loved learning from you. You have a very warm and grounding presentation style. Though you are an expert at what you're talking about, you share what you know with humility."

Introducing Laura Gardner

Laura has nearly 20 years of experience working in education, refugee resettlement, and social work. While in education, she worked as a district level manager for immigrant family and community engagement as well as a school social worker. Laura also worked for Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) managing their national technical assistance initiative to federal Refugee School Impact Grantees.

Laura has facilitated professional development on building the capacity of teachers and school systems to engage immigrant families in their children’s education, language access, cultural competency, equity, unaccompanied immigrant children, immigrant family reunification, and refugee resettlement. Laura holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

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