Webinar: Opening Doors: Innovative Strategies for Immigrant Student Success

June 22, 2011

Cities of Migration hosted a webinar to learn about winning educational strategies and practical lessons for immigrant student success. Learn how educators in Malmo and Frankfurt are testing new ideas in and outside the classroom and unlocking opportunity for academic achievement.

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Featured Good Ideas:

  • In Malmö, municipal authorities have customized a national education strategy for city classrooms that meets local needs by investing in teachers to deliver academic success. Nominated for the 2008 Carl Berlesmann Prize for Integration in Education.Watch the Video Presentation.
  • In Frankfurt, the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft has developed a scholarship program for immigrant children and their families. The Diesterweg-Scholarship aims for academic success in the classroom while building bridges to full participation in German life for all members of the family.Watch the Video Presentation.


Anna-Karin Hedenskog
Principal, Mother Tongue Education Department, City of Malmö

Since 1992, Anna-Karin Hedenskog has been the Principal of Mother Tongue Education department in the City of Malmö. The department is responsible for providing educational support in native languages for immigrant students enrolled in compulsory primary and secondary schools, as well pre-schools. Anna-Karin Hedenskog has been teaching Swedish as a second language and tutoring teachers in bilingual classes for the past 30 years. She graduated with a teacher’s degree at the University of Lund, Sweden, 1971.

Dr. Roland Kaehlbrandt
Chairman, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main

He studied at Cologne and Paris University. He holds a degree in Romance and German studies and Ethnology as well as a doctorate title in Linguistic studies. He worked as a lecturer for German language and literature at the Sorbonne and headed the “German Foundation Heinrich Heine” in Paris. For 6 years, he was the spokesman of Public Relations for the “Bertelsmann Foundation” in Gütersloh, Germany. From 1999 until 2006, he was managing director of the “Hertie-Foundation” in Frankfurt. He developed several projects with the focus on Integration of Migrants and Education for Democracy and started a nationwide Youth Debating Competition. Since August 1st, 2006, he has been a member of the managing board of the “Foundation Polytechnische Gesellschaft” and responsible for topics, projects and communication. Since December 1st, 2008, he was the chairman of the “Foundation Polytechnische Gesellschaft”. Dr. Roland Kaehlbrandt is a member of the board of directors of the “National Council of German Foundations” (BVDSt) and heads the “Initiative of Foundations in Frankfurt.”

Gisela von Auer
Project Manager, Diesterweg-Stipendium

Since 2008 she has been delegated by the Ministry of Education of the Federal State of Hesse to the foundation “Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft” to be project manager for the “Diesterweg Scholarship for children and their parents.” She studied in Frankfurt to become elementary school teacher with the specialist disciplines: German language and teaching methodology of Math and Physics. She was teaching in Frankfurt from 1975 until 2008 at the Hellerhof-School, an elementary school with a share of almost 90% of migrants in a socially deprived quarter of Frankfurt. As part of her school activities, she was engaged in various committees focusing on children’s promotion of language skills (particularly with regard to German as a Second Language), New Media in school, work with parents and school development in the district.


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