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Just Arrived: High School – How to Support High-School Aged Students Who are New to the Country


Janna Florio

Online Course – 3 credits / 45 hours – In-Service Credit Only

Applicable to High School Teachers & Department Coordinators/Chairs


Being a student in high school is tough; being a teacher of high school students is tough; however, surviving high school as a newcomer to the country could feel almost impossible. Combined with the harrowing experiences they suffer during their immigration journeys, adolescent ELLs are also faced with the stresses that plague the majority of all other high-schoolers. From high-stakes testing to mental health concerns, students within this age bracket hold a lot of weight on their shoulders. Past trauma, feelings of isolation, displacement from family, and the challenges of learning a new culture and language only exacerbate these issues for immigrant and migrant students. In this course, you will learn about the struggles these students face, the challenges they must overcome, and what schools might be able to do to support them.


(3 credits/45 hours) In-serivce credits only


Janna Florio