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Creating Positive Outcomes for Immigrant and Refugee Learners

Thursday, February 17, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Creating Positive Outcomes for Immigrant and Refugee Learners

Presented by Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year; Sarahí Monterrey, English Learner Teacher, School District of Waukesha (WI); and Medha Tare, Ph.D., Director of Research, Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise
Moderated by Barbara A. Pape, Senior Director, Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise

Sponsored by Digital Promise

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How can we best address the unique needs of, create high expectations for, and support our immigrant and refugee learners to meet their potential in and out of school? Two of the authors of the forthcoming book, Creating a Sense of Belonging for Immigrant and Refugee Students, will discuss the current status of immigrant and refugee students and their families in the U.S. and what strategies they are using in the classroom today to create a sense of belonging needed to open the doors for learning to take place.

Immigrant and refugee students and their families are a significant part of our society. According to the authors: 1) nearly one-fifth of the world’s migrants live in the United States; 2) more than 40 million people living in the U.S. were not born here; 3) roughly one in ten of our students nationwide are English Learners; 4) of the nearly 1.5 million young people facing housing instability, 16 percent are English Learners.

In this edWebinar, we:

  • Provide a broad understanding of the immigrant and refugee school population in the United States
  • Connect the research to the practice of ensuring that immigrant and refugee children and young adults are provided with a learning environment that addresses their unique needs
  • Share specific tips on how to establish a sense of belonging in the classroom that embraces immigrant and refugee students and their families in order to allow each learner to meet their potential
  • Underscore strengths as well as the challenges these learners and their families face as they navigate a new country

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and English learner specialists.


Mandy ManningAbout the Presenters

Mandy Manning recently transitioned from a 21-year career as a classroom teacher, to advocating for educators, public schools, and students as the digital content specialist for the Washington Education Association. Previously, Mandy was the first teacher for newly arrived refugee and immigrant students at Ferris High School in the Newcomer Center in Spokane, WA. She serves as Vice President on the Spectrum Center Board, serving the LGBTQ+ community in Spokane, WA. Mandy is the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. She is co-author of Creating a Sense of Belonging for Immigrant and Refugee Students.


Sarahí Monterrey

As a child immigrant from El Salvador, Sarahí Monterrey recognizes the pivotal role teachers play in students’ lives. Sarahí’s approach to teaching embodies a genuine belief that every student has the ability to learn and grow, and every educator has an obligation to tear down barriers that stand in students’ ways. Sarahí has been teaching in the School District of Waukesha for the past 14 years of her 19-year teaching career. She is currently an English learner teacher at Waukesha South High School. Sarahí was named Wisconsin’s 2018-2019 High School Teacher of the Year. She was selected as Wisconsin’s 2019 State Teacher of the Year representative to the National Teacher of the Year program and is the first Latina in the state of Wisconsin to have this honor.


Medha TareMedha Tare, Ph.D. is the director of research for the Learner Variability Project at the education nonprofit, Digital Promise. She leads the synthesis of research on the factors that affect children and adults’ learning (content, cognition, social emotional, and background) to inform an open-source web app, the Learner Variability Navigator. This work bridges the gap between the scientific literature and educators who are working to support students with different strengths and challenges. Medha earned her doctoral degree in developmental psychology at the University of Michigan and has published in journals such as Language Learning and Technology, Journal of Cognition and Development, and Science Education. She is also currently a Learning Science Exchange Fellow through New America.


Barbara A. PapeAbout the Moderator

Barbara A. Pape is the senior director for the Learner Variability Project at Digital Promise. She has 20 years’ experience in strategic communications, writing, and policy analysis, primarily in education. Previously, she served as the executive producer of the award-winning Teaching & Learning conference, sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, where she developed content and oversaw outreach and communications. As a writer, she has written for numerous publications, including Harvard University, the National Education Goals Panel (U.S. Department of Education), and Parents magazine. Barbara also served as editor and publisher of the first electronically delivered education newsletter, the Daily Report Card. She served on the Advisory Board of the Kennedy Center’s Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education Committee, serves as a judge for the Milken-Penn Graduate School of Education Business Plan competition, and is on the Boards at the Education Writers Association and Potentia. She earned an Ed.M. at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and launched her career as a middle school language arts teacher.


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Thursday, February 17, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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