Language Education Policy Studies
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MEMES How to Participate (for Educators of Refugee and other Displaced Students)- 3 

How to Participate:

Teachers--subject and language-- and other educators, support staff, administrators, and policymakers may participate online in three ways:


1. A confidential survey about your experiences, which will give us topics for #2 (whenever you're free!)

2. An online forum and discussion group on where we discuss the topics at hand, anytime you're available 24/7; and finally

3. Attend some of our weekly live online video meetings on Zoom to discuss these issues and listen to guest speakers. The Zoom address will be posted in Piazza or sent by email.

You may use a computer, laptop, mobile phone or other device. More information how to access the study sites:

#1. A confidential Survey that may take from 15-30 minutes in the form of vignettes or narrative stories, beginning April 8, 2018.


#2. Please send your email to get an invitation and participate in the Piazza discussion board here Piazza offers options for participating as yourself, or with a pseudonym or by anonymous posting. The postings will be asynchronous, and you may spend from five minutes to an hour or more reading and responding to posts.


#3. The location for the Zoom video conferencing will be announced on the Piazza Discussion Board. In these live video meetings, you are not obliged to turn on your webcam and you may also create an account with a pseudonym. The meetings will be for one hour.

We will use critical cases and topics gathered from the survey to open discussions on the discussion board and schedule speakers and guests for the weekly video meetings. We will also confidentially send you a report of the results of the questionnaire if you give us your email.


The goal of this study is to offer supportive environments for dialogue, build resources, and find solutions. In the project we may hear about critical incidents and lived experiences of K–12 teachers vis-à-vis displaced and refugee students and what strategies they developed to be helpful in such contexts. We welcome elementary, middle and high school teachers or other support staff, administrators, and policymakers.


Please email Dr. Kristine Harrison with questions at


Last updated 4-6-18

Please watch the video in youtube, or here
where it says

So You Think You Can Stay is a parody of the worldwide well known TV show So You Think You Can Dance. The Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) wanted to raise awareness about asylum seekers that are often rejected for the same reasons as shown in the campaign. The contestants in the campaign are fictitious people, but their stories are based on real asylum cases taken on by NOAS.
“We want to show the stories of some of those who fled to Norway in our talent show. We will present people like Amir, who based on our experience, should be granted residence permit in Norway, but nevertheless has had his asylum application refused,” says Mari Seilskjær, advisor in NOAS.


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This information was originally published on the website of the International Network for Language Education Policy Studies ( as

Harrison, K.M. (2018). Educator Survey Space Information 2018 Refugee & Displaced. Definitions. In F. V. Tochon (Ed.), Language Education Policy Studies (online). Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin—Madison. Retrieved from: