Conversations with Tim: Creating a sense of belonging for immigrant and refugee students

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, WIDA Director of Professional Diep Nguyen shares strategies and resources for welcoming and preparing our immigrant and refugee students to learn all year long.

This month I asked Dr. Diep Nguyen, WIDA director of professional learning, to write about serving multilingual learners in these uncertain times. Here is her timely message for you:

Schools are opening for the new academic year – some virtually, some for in-person learning and others in a hybrid model. During this extraordinary pandemic year, immigrant and refugee families face exponential challenges that affect their wellbeing, and school openings offer unique challenges for these students and parents.

Do you know where your students are and how they are doing? These two questions are in the forefront of the minds of many of my friends who teach multilingual learners across the nation. As we prepare our classrooms to welcome students, we worry about reconnecting with those we know from last year and finding, identifying and welcoming new students who might need language assistance in the coming school year.

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