Refugee children are a specific group of immigrant children, many of whom have experienced some kind of trauma. Since 2005, three quarters of a million refugees have entered the United States. They make up an increasingly more diverse population in terms of their countries of origin and primary languages. And they face a number of school policies and practices that hinder their access to education. David Hinojosa, J.D., director of the IDRA EAC-South, and Dr. Hannah Sung, associate director of research and continuous improvement at the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium Inc., discuss those barriers. And they outline ways schools can pro-actively create a welcoming and positive learning environment for refugee students. The IDRA EAC-South supports districts across an 11-state region of the southeastern United States to put systems into place and prepare teachers to welcome all students, including refugee students, into their classrooms.
Podcast and excerpt appear HERE at idra.org.