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A New Webinar Series Engages Experts to Explore Best Practices for Supporting Newcomer Students

Newcomers are a distinct student group characterized by their recent arrival to schools in the United States. This group can include refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, and migratory students. There is no shared definition of what a newcomer student is, which is just one of the challenges that school systems face in meeting their unique needs. Beyond definition and data uncertainty, the field does not always get the chance to hear from those who are doing the work to help newcomers thrive. This is why we are so proud to take part in launching the California Newcomer Education & Wellbeing Webinar series. 

Join expert practitioners and researchers for rich conversations and knowledge sharing on emerging best practices and resources for supporting newcomer education. The webinars are a project of the California Newcomer Education and Wellbeing Program, an ongoing initiative administered by the the California Department of Social Services in collaboration with the California Department of Education. Californians Together is engaged in webinar planning and technical assistance. Can’t make one of these sessions? Worry not–each webinar will be recorded and hosted on the California Newcomer Network website.

On this Zoom registration page, please fill out your basic contact information and check the boxes for each webinar you would like to register for. Invitations will be sent out on a weekly basis.

View the schedule below and explore these links to learn more about our expert panelists and the important work they are doing to meet the health, wellbeing, and academic needs of newcomer students.  Presentations will be facilitated by Californians Together Director of Newcomer Policy and Practice Sam Finn

Instructional Paradigms & Strategies for Newcomers

November 2nd, 2023, 3:30-4:30 PST

Newcomer pedagogy experts share their approaches to creating a responsive classroom environment, supporting the earliest stages of literacy and oracy, and leveraging technology to enable student language access.

Community Collaboration & Social Services for Newcomers

December 7th, 2023, 3:30-4:30 PST

Social sector leaders share strategies for districts to collaborate with community-based organizations to support newcomer students. 

Newcomer Organizations Leading the Way

January 11th, 2024, 3:30-4:30 PST

Leaders from two newcomer education nonprofits share and discuss their models for creating schools where newcomers students can thrive. 

Writing & Research on Newcomer Education

March 7th, 2024, 3:30-4:30 PST

Leading researchers discuss recent work exploring the school climate that newcomers experience, best practices in newcomer education, and the history of newcomer education in the United States.

Past Webinars

Watch video: Resources & Lessons for Districts Serving Newcomers

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