Attention: State and District Leaders, School Administrators, Educators, Student Support Personnel, Family & Community Engagement Specialists, Parents, and Education Stakeholders
The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to address hot topics that are on the top of educators’ minds. After sharing federal updates, the series features lessons learned and best practices from faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, and other places of educational instruction. It also shares a variety of useful resources.
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools and the Office of English Language Acquisition, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join the next Lessons from the Field webinar, Supporting the Social and Emotional Learning Needs of Afghan and Other Newcomer Students.
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 pm ET
Please join us for valuable information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Education on strategies to assist Afghan and other newcomer students to American schools. As part of the Operation Allies Welcome, these federal agencies recognize the immediate and urgent need to provide high-quality, culturally responsive approaches to support the social and emotional needs of Afghan students into their new learning environments. The information presented will also be relevant to other newcomer student populations. A panel discussion with practitioners from the field directly engaged with supporting newcomers followed.
- Jessica Swan, Ph.D.: Education Program Specialist, Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education
- Ruth Ryder: Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
- Kabrillen Jones: Chief of Staff, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
- Jorge Verlenden, Ph.D.: Behavioral Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Shereen Naser, Ph.D.: Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University
- Lysette Lemay and Lisa Levasseur: Elk Grove Unified School District, Elk Grove, CA
- Molly Hegwood and Alexandra Castillo: Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, TN
- Nate Dunstan: Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA
U.S. Department of Education Resources
- K-12 Resources for Afghan Evacuees—Chief State School Officer Letter, January 14, 2022
- U.S. Department of Education Keeping the Promise Website
- U.S. Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit
- National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
- Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Health Resources
- CDC Health Resources for Schools, Youth, and Parents
Please contact NCSSLE if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing this information with you and hearing from you about the important work you are doing in your schools, communities, and states to meet the needs of your students and staff as they return to in-person learning.
More on the Lessons from the Field Webinar Series
To access archived materials from previous webinars and to find out what is coming next, go here.