Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies

Learn effective strategies and activities to increase your newcomer students’ inclusion and learning in the classroom.

It is critical to address the unique cultural, social, and academic needs of newcomer youth entering U.S. schools to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond. Building on CAL’s decades of experience working with newcomers in educational and community settings, this institute focuses on three key components for optimizing success for newcomer students in the classroom:

  • Cultural Perspectives, Influences, and Key Resources
  • Adapting Content Instruction for Newcomer Students
  • Adapting Content Instruction for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)

Participants will receive proven strategies and practical resources they can use right away to create a welcoming environment for newcomer students and facilitate their learning.

This workshop is designed for:

  • PreK-12 teachers, administrators, and other practitioners who work in educational settings with newcomer students and their families
  • School social workers, counselors, and after-school specialists who work in educational settings with newcomer students and their families

We encourage teams of educators and practitioners to attend.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize the diversity of newcomers in the schools, including special populations such as unaccompanied youth, students with limited and interrupted formal education, and students who have experienced displacement and migration
  • Identify their own cultural perspectives, assumptions, and biases, and how these interact with others’
  • Interact with immigrant and non-immigrant educators, students, and families
  • Use effective approaches and instructional strategies with newcomers in the content classroom
  • Access and create ready-to-use resources for classroom instruction

Presenters include CAL experts in immigrant and refugee integration and PreK-12 EL education, building on CAL’s decades of experience in working with language learners, immigrants, and refugees.

Each attendee will receive a workshop packet with materials that explicitly address how to promote welcome for newcomers within educational settings.

Questions? Email CAL with any questions you may have about our offerings.

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