Participants will learn the history/situation of students from refugee and trauma backgrounds and gain practical tools for supporting them and helping them in the classroom, whether in a designated ELL classroom or integrated into the mainstream classes. From behaviour challenges, to cultural differences to learning challenges resulting from gaps in formal schooling, insights and learning from the past 14 years will be shared with guests. Our classroom has had students from a wide variety of cultures and refugee backgrounds and we've learned some things along the way to pass on to teachers, who are wondering the best way to support the student from trauma and/or refugee background, in their classroom. Participants will also leave with a list of resources, tools, teaching ideas and websites that they can use in the classroom tomorrow.
Kris Hull has been teaching the ELL Bridge Program in the Surrey School District since 2006. The program currently runs out of Surrey’s ELL Welcome Centre. The program is designed to support students with minimal English ability, 13-19 years old, and mostly from refugee and trauma backgrounds. The program is comprised of a teacher and settlement workers from a wide variety of cultures and languages. The program has worked with students from a wide variety of cultures and nationalities. Kris has his Masters of Education from SFU, specializing in Diverse Learners, specifically focusing on how to better serve students from trauma and refugee backgrounds. He is a presenter with a passion to better equip teachers and educators to serve our refugee and trauma affected students.