first they flee

While refugees are typically a small percentage of English Learners in the U.S., those that we do have often have complex backgrounds and needs. Do you have students from Congo, Bhutan/Nepal, Burma, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, or other war-torn countries? If so, this training is for you! Even if your students arrived a few years ago, this course provides valuable information on how you can continue to support your refugee students and families as they integrate and adjust to the U.S. overall, and specifically with education.

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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:

discuss the U.S. Refugee Program as well as the Refugee School Impact Program;

examine best practices and strategies for refugee family and community engagement, addressing social-emotional concerns, and supporting refugee students in school; and

identify the primary refugee populations being resettled by the U.S. government as well as sociocultural and educational characteristics of each.

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

"I highly recommend Laura as a trainer and resource for those who would like to learn more about developing partnerships with immigrant and refugee families. She is extremely well-versed and passionate about this topic and we all walked away with ideas for how to strengthen practices within our organizations."

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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Immigrant Family and Community Engagement in Schools

The online course, Immigrant Family and Community Engagement in Schools teaches you about family engagement as a strategy to support student achievement and to close opportunity gaps.

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