The Immigrant (Dis)advantage

The integration of immigrant students within the education system is essential for their future academic success and economic prosperity. While PISA tracking reveals that immigrant students typically underachieve relative to their non-migrant counterparts, this disadvantage is less pronounced in Canada than in European jurisdictions. Yet significant disparity continues to exist in some provinces and in some subject areas. Ultimately, it is up to provincial governments to study and reduce these achievement gaps.

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Strands of Support

The Surrey (B.C.) School District English Language Learner Welcome Centre offers programs to support parents’ and students’ initial settlement into their new community. One of these programs, the Bridge Program for newcomer refugee students, is featured in this article. Described as a “soft landing into Canada,” the Bridge classroom offers a predictable, safe, comfortable, low-pressure environment where students who have experienced gaps in learning due to war, displacement or other factors can begin their adjustment into Canada.

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Raising Their Voices

Some students are well able to make themselves heard. The recent large-scale student protests in Quebec may be the most obvious Canadian example, but there are student activists across the country working to mobilize their fellow students and change the status quo, whether the cause is a greater role in school governance, student well-being, or social justice. In this article, journalism student Madeleine Villa introduces three high-school students who have made an impact on their school, region, or province.

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