Students who are learning English are more than just language learners – they are often members of immigrant families who are navigating the complexities of acculturation, trauma, resettlement, and/or isolation, while also building on their strengths and developing resiliency. In this session, we will examine our students’ and families’ strengths and needs with a holistic, social-emotional lens. In addition we will consider the importance of building the capacity of ALL staff to support and instruct immigrant and MLL/ELL students so they are supported by a whole team.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the backgrounds of asylum-seeker students and families arriving in NYC
- Gain awareness of the strengths and challenges asylum-seeker students and families face as they interact and engage with their school and community
- Explain 4 core stressors of immigrant (and asylum-seeker) children and families and describe at least one strategy for how educators can support those experiencing these mental health stressors
Presenter: Laura Gardner