Bridging Two Worlds: Supporting Newcomer and Refugee Youth
|Author(s)||Dr Jan Stewart and Dr Lorna Martin|
Bridging Two Worlds provides teachers, school administrators and counsellors with the knowledge and practical resources to deliver more informed and culturally responsive career development and guidance to newcomer and refugee youth from Kindergarten to Grade 12. This book and the study upon which it is based grew out of the Canadian spirit of cultural diversity and inclusivity. Bridging Two Worlds offers data-informed curriculum development and instructional ideas that recognize and address educational gaps as well as cultural or experiential differences that impede progress.
In the first section, the book considers issues that relate to school-based learning and teaching. While not all newcomers to Canada face the cumulative effects of trauma, interrupted learning and new-language acquisition, all educators should be aware of how these affect human development and learning. The second section focuses on educator competency – preparing and training teachers and counsellors to work with newcomer and refugee children and youth. It includes relevant core competencies from the Career Development Guidelines and Standards of Practice and 30 sample lessons for educators. The book concludes with a section devoted to student learning outcomes for life/work development. Learning outcomes from the Blueprint for Life/Work Designs are provided with accompanying suggestions for instruction across all elementary and secondary grade levels.
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About the Authors
Dr Jan Stewart is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Winnipeg. With over 30 years of teaching, research and field experience, Dr Stewart has achieved expertise working with children and youth who have been affected by conflict, trauma, violence, abuse, mental health issues, neglect and human rights violations. She has led international research and teacher development programs in Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Uganda, and she has conducted national and international seminars and conferences around the world. She is the author of The Anger Workout Book for Teens, The Tough Stuff Series, The STARS Program and Supporting Refugee Children: Strategies for Educators.
Dr Lorna Martin is a President Emerita of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and has held positions in the Faculty of Education at both the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. She has supported counselling and psychotherapy initiatives for more than 25 years, consulting with health, justice and family services representatives. She is an author and editor of multiple books and resources focusing on counselling and psychotherapy, supervision, ethics, standards of practice, suicide prevention and postvention, and education.
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In the News!
- Profs publish research on refugee education: Support critical for newcomers, research shows featured on CANSTAR Community News (January 29, 2018)
- Interview with Jan Stewart featured on CTV News Winnipeg (January 26, 2018)
- ‘They want more for their life:’ Winnipeg professor develops guide to support refugee students featured on CBC News Manitoba (January 22, 2018)
- Experts find language the biggest obstacle for refugee students featured on Winnipeg Free Press (January 22, 2018)
- Helping Canadian educators meet the needs of refugee students featured on University of Winnipeg News (January 22, 2018)
- Interview with Dania El Chaar Le Telejournal Manitoba at 9:00 featured on CBC radio (January 22, 2018 )