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ERIC Number: EJ1134418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Giving Refugee Students a Strong Head Start: The LEAD Program
Miles, Joan; Bailey-McKenna, Mary-Catherine
TESL Canada Journal, v33 spec iss 10 p109-128 2016
As the complexity and cultural diversity in contemporary Canadian schools increases, educators are challenged to respond to the unique cultural, socioemotional, and learning needs of students whose families are fleeing hardship, global conflict, or persecution to seek safe haven in Canada. Like those in most major urban centres in Canada, schools in Calgary have received many newcomer students as families settle into their new lives. Teachers are tasked with providing high-quality education to learners from multiple language bases with limited formal education, little or no English, and histories of loss, grief, and/or trauma. The complexity of this task often requires a multidisciplinary team approach to support the teacher and address unique student needs. This article, written by an ESL teacher and a psychologist, provides an overview of one program that helps set the stage for success in Canadian classrooms. The LEAD program uses a three-pronged approach to foster successful inclusion, an approach comprising English language development, trauma-informed practice, and cultural responsiveness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Calgary)
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