Refugee Educator Academy 2021 Webinar Series

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Join us in these Childhood Education Webinars to connect with refugee educators and researchers around the world to deepen your understanding of refugee education in displacement, migration, & resettlement contexts. These Childhood Education Webinars will feature Researcher & Practitioner Perspectives on the Promise & Possibilities of Refugee Education


Childhood Education Webinars for Refugee Educators on the Promise and Possibilities of Refugee Education

Social studies education, belonging, & membership for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Saturday, March 27, 2021

11 AM EDT / 3 PM UTC

Presenter: Vidur Chopra

Vidur is a postdoctoral researcher in education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. His research focuses on issues of education, civic participation, membership and forced migration in countries of first asylum.

In this webinar, Vidur will speak about the issue of recognition and belonging for refugee children in curriculum and pedagogy.

Opportunities & challenges of re/qualification of internationally trained refugee teachers

Saturday, April 17, 2021

11 AM EDT / 3 PM UTC

Presenters: Michelle Proyer & colleagues

Michelle is an assistant professor (Inclusive Education) at the Center for Teacher Education and the Department of Education, University of Vienna. Holding a PhD in Education Studies, her research focuses on dimensions of diversity. She coordinates the certificate course ‘Basics in education studies for internationally trained refugee teachers’.

This webinar will introduce the idea of re/qualification of internationally trained refugee teachers in Austria and other parts of Europe.

An international high school diploma for refugees

Saturday, May 8, 2021

11 AM EDT / 3 PM UTC

Presenter: Muhamad Dale

Muhamad is a Program Assistant and Facilitator at Amala Education. He started facilitating Amala classes in 2019 and now facilitating the Amala high school diploma classes.

In this webinar, Muhamad will speak about the Amala high school diploma classes, launched in Amman, Jordan in June 2020, which are high school diploma courses especially designed for refugees.

Agency and identity development of Syrian refugee students in Turkey

Saturday, June 5, 2021

11 AM EDT / 3 PM UTC

Presenter: Özlem Erden

Özlem is an adjunct lecturer at Middle East Technical University. Her scholarship examines the schooling experiences of refugee children. Her research interests are refugee and immigrant education, inquiry methodologies and sexuality.

This webinar will focus on how refugee children develop their agency and identity in school settings by meaning-making teachers’ refugee education discourses.

The power within: Tapping into the refugee community support networks

Saturday, July 10, 2021

11 AM EDT / 3 PM UTC

Presenter: Henri Nzeyimana

Henri is a child protection and youth development specialist and an educator with 12 years’ international experience focusing on marginalized, war-affected, displaced and refugee children.

In this webinar, Henri will speak about the positive contributions that refugee support networks bring to the education and integration of refugee students and families in Tucson, Arizona.

Centering desire in refugee education research

Saturday, August 14, 2021

11 AM EDT / 3 PM UTC

Presenters: Araz Khajarian & Lisa Unangst

Araz’s research interests include academic research in Syrian universities, refugees and higher education, the epistemology of quality in higher education and accreditation processes.

Lisa is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent. Her research interests include higher education access and experience among displaced learners, as well as comparative constructions of “diversity.”

In this webinar, Araz and Lisa will share their research around refugee education through the lens of hope and desire.

Fostering belonging in the school community

Saturday, September 11, 2021

11 AM EDT / 3 PM UTC

Presenter: Eileen Mullen

Eileen Mullen is currently a School Counselor at the elementary level (K-6) in WA State, US. She is dedicated to creating safe, respectful, welcoming spaces for refugee and immigrant students.

In this webinar, Eileen will lead a conversation around intentional practices for creating school climates that help students thrive.

Fit-for-purpose after school programs

Saturday, October 9, 2021

11 AM EDT / 3 PM UTC

Presenter: Honore Ebengo

Honore lives in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. His native country is the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the Founder of AIHD2 based in Kakuma Refugee camp. He has worked Refugee Consortium of Kenya, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and more.

In this webinar, Honore will share the stories of the African Initiative for Human Development (AIHD2), a grassroots organization created & led by refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp.

Dreaming the impossible to make it possible: The first makerspace in Kakuma

Saturday, November 6, 2021

11 AM EDT / 3 PM UTC

Presenters: Ilene Winokur & Matabishi Narukako John

Ilene has lived in Kuwait since 1984 and is a professional development specialist supporting teachers globally including refugee teachers. Mata is a refugee in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya and is the Founder & CEO of Kakuma Vocational Center.

In this webinar, Ilene and Mata will interview Matabishi Titho John, founder of Kakuma Vocational Center (KVC) and a KVC student about giving youth in Kakuma and Kalobeyei camps the opportunity to learn soft skills like design thinking, planning, and creativity.

There is no child who can’t learn, only obstacles we put in their way

Saturday, December 4, 2021

11 AM EST / 4 PM UTC

Presenter: Anita Koyier-Mwamba

Anita holds a BA in International Relations and a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University. Anita has a deep passion for human rights and recognizes education as the biggest issue of our time.

Consequently, in her work both in and out of Seattle Public Schools, she centers people living in the margins.

In this webinar, Anita will share perspectives on refugee youth through eyes of love that provide hope and potential for self-actualization.