Well-trained educators are a BENEFIT for improving refugee students’ academic performance

Educators serve an important role in shaping the educational achievement of students from different backgrounds, especially refugee and immigrant children whose primary language is not English. It is important that educators continue to seek professional development opportunities that will enable them to work with these vibrant English Language Learners (ELL). In addition, it is also important that educators are continually seeking information and resources on how to develop innovative and culturally sensitive teaching strategies that will enhance their existing practices.

REISC, in collaboration with local schools, higher education, local and state agencies, provides professional development opportunities for educators that allow them to develop and enhance their current teaching practices in order to better work with ELLs. A listing of professional development classes and sessions are found in the listing below.

Brumese Project #1 006

Professional Development for Educators:

MAGIC (Measureable Academic Gains through Integrated Curriculum) Project for ELLs 
MAGIC is a professional development program designed to weave together educators, schools, communities and families to improve the learning outcomes of English Language Learners (ELLs).  MAGIC integrates classroom instruction and family engagement with an emphasis on learning language, content and culture through World Class Instruction Design Assessment (WIDA) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and Participatory Action Research courses.  This project was developed in response to request from educators to further efforts to close the language and academic achievement gaps between ELLs and their peers.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Kalyani Rai            Pa Vang
414-227-3271             414-227-3277
kalyanir@uwm.edu     pa@uwm.edu