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MEMES Anecdotes to create resources for Educators of Refugee and other Displaced Students-4

We want educators and others involved in school experiences of these students to share life and classroom stories, anecdotes, make new memes. In the discussion board and weekly sessions, we will listen to and discuss critical incidents, real life stories of teachers and families, and anecdotes that illustrate either problems or solutions. Resources will be created to address the issues.


The pages to the right are being built as a permanent resource for teachers and educators. The discussion board and weekly meetings may become a regular resource to teachers and will promote fairness, better solutions, social justice and change. The project may contribute to building a policy like Wisconsin's Act 31 that requires the teaching of history and culture of the First Nations of Wisconsin (U.S.A.), with resources, and teacher training program.


Some of the critical topics may include:


• Positive perceptions of refugee and migrant children and populations
• Negative or stereotypic beliefs and attitudes toward displaced students (Islamophobia, racism)
• Teacher strategies to better accommodate these children
• Policies and programs to transition, welcome students and train teachers and support staff. What policies or programs would be ideal in your experience?
• Defining diversity in displacement: Does curriculum reflect student diversity and history, and identity?
• Identities mapping onto displaced students from the perspective of the curriculum, school, and other students and solutions to this problem
• The need to create culturally relevant classrooms? How can we accomplish this? (ie policy changes, teacher preparation, curriculum revision)
• Positive events organized by schools or teachers and school staff that help build a bridge with displaced, refugee and migrant children and populations
• Critical incidents related to displaced students that you have seen or been part of in an educational setting, such as bullying by students or others, mental health or trauma issues, racism


Read more about the Definitions and Rationale here.


please email Dr. Kristine Harrison with questions at kmharrison@wisc.edu


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This information was originally published on the website of the International Network for Language Education Policy Studies (http://www.languageeducationpolicy.org) as

Harrison, K.M. (2018). Survey Project Info: Making Empathetic Multilingual Environments in Schools: Memes to Support Refugees and Displaced Students. In F. V. Tochon (Ed.), Language Education Policy Studies (online). Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin—Madison. Retrieved from: http://www.languageeducationpolicy.org (access date).