Summer 2018


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Laura Halldin, Melissa Erickson

Content Expert

Stephany Jallo


Teachers need to be able to teach all their students, including students who have been in refugee situations and have experienced trauma due to fleeing their home countries.There are many people leaving their home countries for a variety of reasons and many are experiencing gaps in their literacy i.e., SLIFE students. In order to address the question How can I inform educators about best practices for teaching former refugee English Language Learners? research was done and four professional development sessions were made to inform educators on best practices for students who have been in refugee situations. To teach these students we need to better understand their background. We must also have effective strategies that are tried and true, such as guided language acquisition development (GLAD), collaborative strategic reading, culturally relevant teaching, and family involvement. The best way I have found to share this understanding with other educators is through four professional development sessions that use a variety of adult learning strategies.

Project Type

Professional Development


ESL/ ELLs, Staff Development, Teachers/ Teaching, SLIFE/SIFE

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