Webinar: In the Classroom and Beyond: Supporting Refugee Students

May 31, 2018


Picture: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

Education has the potential to be a healing and empowering process for refugee students. The child-centred spaces of school and classroom are ideally suited to support integration into a new community and help normalize experiences of displacement. Yet educational systems are often ill-equipped to facilitate the transition of students arriving with complex experiences of uprootedness, war, violence, and trauma. So, what strategies and pedagogies can teachers use to ease the transition for refugee students in their schools? How can educational policies guide and support teachers working with refugee students as they navigate education, resettlement, and well-being?

New research in Canada has found significant gaps in research, policy, and teacher preparation when it comes to supporting K-12 refugee students in Canadian classrooms.  One way to address those gaps is to explore the methods and experiences of educators working with refugee children outside Canada. Can the national and transnational exchange of educational policy and practice provide solutions and new approaches to support refugee learners and educators in a ‘globalized’ classroom?

Join Dr. Snežana Ratkovic, Brock University (Canada) in conversation with Dr Stavroula Kaldi, University of Thessaly (Greece), to discuss the experiences of refugee students in the classroom and beyond, current educational policy gaps when it comes to supporting refugee students, and successful strategies that teachers, resettlement officers, and school administrators can use to ease the transition for refugee students in schools.

This webinar is produced in partnership with Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network.

Webinar Video

Webinar Resources

  • Webinar Slides: In the Classroom and Beyond: Supporting Refugee Students (June 12, 2018)
  • Full ReportSupporting Refugee Students in Canada: Building on What We Have Learned in the
    Past 20 Years (Snežana Ratkovic, Brock University, Dragana Kovacevic, Sheridan College, Courtney A. Brewer, Western University, Claire Ellis, ESPMI Network, Neelofar Ahmed, Brock University, Janelle Baptiste-Brady, University of Toronto)
  • Policy Brief: Supporting Refugee Students in Canada (Snežana Ratkovic, Brock University, Dragana Kovacevic, Sheridan College, Courtney A. Brewer, Western University, Claire Ellis, ESPMI Network, Neelofar Ahmed, Brock University, Janelle Baptiste-Brady, University of Toronto)
  • What Works Monograph: Supporting Refugee Students in Canada
  • Presentation: Refugee Education in Greece (Stavroula Kaldi, University of Thessaly)
  • More resources and videos available on Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network

Speakers

Snežana Ratkovic, Research Officer and Instructor, Faculty of Education, Brock University, Canada

Dr. Snežana Ratkovi? is a research officer and an instructor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University, Ontario, Canada.  She arrived in Canada in 1998 as a refugee woman teacher from the former Yugoslavia. Dr. Ratkovi? is an award winning scholar and a recipient of the Brock University Faculty of Graduate Studies 2018 Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award for contributing vision and leadership to the Graduate Studies community. Her research interest lies in migration and indigeneity, transnational and transdisciplinary teacher education, decolonizing methodologies, and knowledge mobilization.

Stavroula Kaldi, Professor, Department of Primary Education, University of Thessaly, Greece

Dr Stavroula Kaldi is a Professor in Pedagogy and Instruction in the Department of Primary Education at the University of Thessaly, Greece. She carried out undergraduate studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (BA) and postgraduate studies at Sussex University, UK (MA & PhD). She has worked as a teacher in English primary schools whereas she has extensive experience in teaching and research in higher education in Greece. Her research interests include project-based learning, co-operative learning, intercultural education, teacher education and teacher professional development. Her research is published in various referred international journals, conferences and edited volumes.

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