AOE supports summer programs, mentoring for Afghan students

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Education has committed $200,000 to support two national refugee nonprofit organizations operating in Vermont to ensure refugee students and their families have access to summer programs and community mentoring. AOE will also leverage an existing partnership with the WIDA Consortium to provide targeted professional learning opportunities for teachers serving Afghan students and other multilingual newcomers.

“This grant and teacher training addresses the immediate need to welcome Afghan newcomers to Vermont with high-quality, culturally appropriate educational services,” said Secretary of Education Dan French. “We’re leveraging the warm welcome offered by local schools to engage these students and their families in the education system and demonstrate all that their new Vermont communities have to offer.

In late 2021, Vermont welcomed its first Afghan families as part of Operation Allies Welcome, the federal government’s effort to support vulnerable Afghans as they resettle safely in the United States. As of spring 2022, Vermont is now home to over 100 school-aged Afghan children with more families expected to arrive in summer 2022.

OCWA will use $200,000 in federal Elementary-Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to create the Afghan Refugee Partnership Grant, which aims to overcome the unique barriers faced by these students and their families and enable them to engage more effectively in their new schools. and communities. The Ethiopian Community Development Council and the US Committees for Refugees and Immigrants are the grant recipients, each receiving $100,000 (see: Afghan Refugee Partnership Grant Activities).

OCWA is also working closely with the Social Services Agency, State Office for Refugees to align efforts and target an additional $200,000 received through the federal initiative Afghan Refugee School Impact: Support to Schools to school districts and/or community partners.

In the summer of 2022, AOE will offer two training opportunities for Vermont teachers serving Afghan students and other newcomers through the WIDA Consortium. An online workshop on engaging multilingual newcomers will be offered to classroom teachers, with a more in-depth version to follow for language specialists.

23.06.2022. MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont Education Agency website

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