This session is intended to empower attendees to support refugee students and their families as they navigate the challenges of adjusting to life in receiving countries following the stressful and potentially traumatic experience of emigrating from home countries. The session will consist of a panel presentation and facilitated discussion among panelists and attendees. This session is sponsored by the Convention Committee.
This session will help participants
1. gain an understanding of what the word refugee means, and the unique experiences of refugee students and their families;
2. understand how the unique experiences of refugee students bring diverse strengths to schools, and how those experiences can contribute to adjustment challenges; and
3.expand their repertoire of tools for working with diverse students who are refugees in the school setting, and their families, including examples of faculty training programs and multitiered supports.