Webinar Series: Creating Welcoming Learning Communities
Education professors at the University of Alberta have developed a series of video webinars as resource for educators or administrators in schools that welcome newly arrived migrant pupils. These webinars are freely available online – see the message below:
“Are you an educator or administrator welcoming refugee students to your school?
Do you need professional development resources about the best way to assess, engage and integrate these learners and their families into an unfamiliar learning environment, community and culture?
University of Alberta education professors Anna Kirova (Elementary Education) and Sophie Yohani (Educational Psychology) have created a series of video webinars called Creating Welcoming Learning Communities, a resource for understanding and addressing the complex needs of refugee students.
These 45-minute webinars combine presentations with panel discussions and draw on expertise from U of A researchers, educators, representatives from refugee-serving community organizations and people with first-hand experience as refugees.
Webinar topics include:
- Creating welcoming learning spaces: what schools can do to accommodate refugee learners in their first weeks and months.
- Understanding refugee experiences: critical context for planning to facilitate refugee learners’ transition to new school and community culture.
- Supporting English and first language development: supporting students in developing English fluency while building on their native language.
- Communication about school culture: navigating cultural differences and creating learning spaces based on mutual respect and trust.
- Strategies for engaging refugee children in learning: best practices for engaging refugee learners with learning and school activities.
- Assessing refugee children’s learning: best practices for refugee student assessment.
- Building partnership with families and communities: fostering relationships between communities and schools.
- Facilitating a sense of belonging: developing and supporting belonging for refugee students in classrooms
- Trauma and adaptation in children and adolescents: how teachers and staff can support refugee students in the aftermath of war and displacement
- Social determinants of health/healthy living: bringing attention on health, active living, food and culture of families while understanding their sociocultural realities.
- Addressing Islamophobia and preventing radicalization: helping teachers understand the role they play in combating Islamophobia and racism
- Youth transitions to work and post-secondary: understanding experiences of migrant youth in pursuing higher education and employment.
- Indigenous and immigrant student relations: supporting inter-cultural relationships among Indigenous peoples and newcomers.
- Confronting racism: how schools can help ensure newcomers are welcomed and supported during resettlement.
- Hope and resilience: promoting hope and resilience among refugee learners.
- Peace education/education for peace: understanding educational approaches to instill a culture of peace within the classroom.
All 16 webinars are available online for free right now to watch at your convenience at www.welcominglearning.ualberta.ca.”