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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A Culture of Care and Compassion for Refugee Students

Recognizing the challenges that many refugees have incurred and the difficulties associated with forced resettlement, this article focuses on what Canadian schools and educators can do to support the needs of refugee students. Emerging from the findings of a three-year research program looking at best practices for supporting refugee students, was one inner-city school principal and his staff, who strive to create a safe environment that fosters intercultural connections, belonging, and a commitment to care and compassion.

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