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ERIC Number: EJ1074917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1553-541X
Meeting the Needs of Refugee and Immigrant Students and Families in a Culturally Responsive Way
Tran, Dahvy; Hodgson, Barbara Roberts
Voices in Urban Education, n41 p7-15 2015
Through family engagement and expanded learning time, a partnership between the public school district and a community organization in Lowell, Massachusetts, serves the social and academic needs of refugee youth and other English learners and their families. The success of the partnership's Celebration of Learning--the culminating event at the Gateway Summer Enrichment Academy, a four-week program of the Lowell (Massachusetts) Public School District--underscored the success of the district-community partnership, which facilitated serving the diverse needs of these students and their families beyond the summer academy itself. In addition to the academic and social support provided to students over the summer, teachers made a concerted effort to reach out to parents to build trusting relationships and provide logistical help and training. Teachers were able to continue their work with these families during the school year by developing an after-school program for refugee students. This article describes how the district-community partnership built trusting relationships in order to help refugee and other English learners' families navigate life in America, and encourages other districts and schools to learn from the success of the program.
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI, 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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