Welcoming our newest Americans: newcomer centers





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My research and subsequent capstone was based on my desire to uncover how educators create an environment to help newcomers succeed academically and socially in school. The rationale behind my paper stems from the difficulties my mother encountered coming to the United States from Thailand and my struggles teaching recently arrived and preliterate English language learners. For my study, I devised newcomer program criteria drawn from the literature. I spoke with educators (an administrator, an ESL teacher and a content-area teacher) from three newcomer programs in the Twin Cities. Administrators were asked questions about the structure and implementation of their programs. ESL and content teachers were asked a different set of questions regarding their training for working with newcomers and their experiences in the classroom. I then used the responses from the participants to make recommendations that I felt would improve newcomer education in those programs.

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