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Pre-K through 12th grade schools within the United States have become much more diverse in recent years. Schools are now commonly not only diverse because of diverse students born in the United States, but also have many immigrant students. A growing number of these immigrant students are resettled children who have refugee status. In schools, these recent immigrants are called newcomers. This book is a culmination of research and anecdotal experiences regarding the refugee issue as it pertains to these students in American schools and schools elsewhere in the world. Scholars, policy makers, educators, those who work in the refugee field, artists, musicians, and others have come together to provide this resource of fifteen chapters that address three areas regarding the refugee student. This information is designed to help educators and volunteers who work with newcomer students and includes a) what it means to be a refugee, b) how the newcomer student may be affected by trauma, and c) best practices for the classroom. Additionally, fifteen spotlight sections highlight valuable resources, ideas, or organizations that may assist schools and educators who work with newcomer students. This book goes alongside a documentary film called Refuge in the Heartland, which the editor co-directed and is available on YouTube, and was produced by the Kansas State University College of Education. The authors and contributors of this book have direct experience in working with refugees, newcomer students, traumatized individuals, or in teacher preparation programs. The work of former students of 40 universities is represented in this text, as well as many other non-profit organizations. The artwork was done by students at Valley Center Middle School in Valley Center, Kansas and by their teacher, Marie Taylor, a graduate of the KSU College of Education Art Education Program. This book is dedicated to the children who leave a refugee camp halfway across the world on a hot summer day dressed in shorts, a T-shirt, and flip flips, and whose airplane lands on a ten-degree day in a snowy, cold place that is unlike anything they have ever experienced.



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Authors and Contributors to Journey to Refuge:

Pat Rubio Beltran, Lighthouse Relief
Joel Bergner, Artolution
Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthBorderless Higher Education for Refugees
Diana Delbecchi, St. Norbert College, National University of Ireland
Rusty Earl, Kansas State University
Max Frieder, Artolution
Paola Gomez, Muse Arts, Toronto, Canada
Dr. Socorro Herrera, CIMA Kansas State University
Shabina Kavimandan, CIMA, Kansas State University
HaEun Kim, York University, Borderless Higher Education for Refugees
Mary Hammel, Digital Editor, Kansas State University
Trina Harlow, Kansas State University
Melissa Holmes, CIMA, Kansas State University
Dr. Judy Hughey, Kansas State University
Dr. Sally Adnams Jones, Victoria, British Columbia
Holly Kincaid, Skyline Middle School, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Dean Debbie Mercer, Kansas State University
Jessica Mow, Curtis Middle School, Wichita, Kansas
Joshua Orawo, UNHCR, Senior Protection Assistant, Sub Office- Kakuma Refugee Camp
Nicole Palasz, Institute of World Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Andrea Davis Pinkney, Internationally Acclaimed Best-Selling and Award-Winning Author
Johanna Reynolds, York University, Muse Arts
Hawa Sabriye, York University, Borderless Higher Education for Refugees
Leah Spelman, Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, Berkeley, California
Dr. Be Stoney, Kansas State University
Marie Taylor, Valley Center Middle School, Valley Center, Kansas
Alex Wakim, musicia
Dr. Lily Yeh, Barefoot Artists, Global Genius
Dr. Susan Yelich Biniecki, Kansas State University
Dr. Jeff Zacharakis, Kansas State University

•Note: Other organizations and publications have been featured in Journey to Refuge. This list represents those that contributed chapters, spotlight sections, or made other contributions.


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Education, Newcomer, Refugee, Resettled, Asylum, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, UNHCR, Refugee Camp, Trauma, Brain, Art, English as Second Language (ESOL), Methods, Strategies, Pedagogy, Therapy, Globalization, Social and Emotional Learning, Teacher Preparation


Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching | Art Education | Art Practice | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Child Psychology | Education | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Educational Sociology | Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration | Elementary Education | Elementary Education and Teaching | Family, Life Course, and Society | First and Second Language Acquisition | Higher Education and Teaching | Human Factors Psychology | Inequality and Stratification | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Migration Studies | Other Arts and Humanities | Other International and Area Studies | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Other Teacher Education and Professional Development | Place and Environment | Pre-Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten Teacher Education | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy | Secondary Education | Secondary Education and Teaching | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Sociology | Trauma

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Journey to Refuge: Understanding Refugees, Exploring Trauma, and Best Practices for Newcomers and Schools