Why is the Refugee Educator Academy critical?
With more than 103 million forcibly displaced people in the world*, educators must be better prepared to provide quality holistic learning experiences for every learner within increasingly diverse settings. Alongside a shortage of teachers and the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to schools and formal learning programs, refugee, displaced, and other historically and systemically marginalized communities find access to quality education limited. We must do better.
The Refugee Educator Academy offers quality holistic learning resources for professional development that inspire educators to approach teaching and learning differently. We create learning communities that are sustainable, thriving, inclusive, and equitable, modeling practices for schools, community programs, and institutions that improve experiences and outcomes for learners. Sustained professional learning opportunities are essential to build the dynamic, informed, skilled teacher workforce required to meet current teaching and learning demands within challenging and complex education ecosystems. Co-creating professional development resources and opportunities tailored to the needs of educators teaching in refugee displacement, crisis, migration, and resettlement contexts is the core purpose of the Refugee Educator Academy.
*Per the latest UNHCR Refugee Statistics total
How can I participate in the Refugee Educator Academy as an educator?
There are several ways educators can participate in the Refugee Educator Academy, from joining communities of practice formed through QHL projects to completing shorter, self-paced courses. Educators can also join projects as co-creators of resources and toolkits, as participants in pilot tests of courses and assessment tools, as presenters in workshops and webinars, and as volunteers supporting colleagues globally and/or on specific REA projects. As an educator, you have the opportunity to learn and to lead within the REA.
To get involved, contact Julie Kasper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there ways for educational institutions, INGOs, and other organizations to partner and/or contract services with the Refugee Educator Academy?
The Center for Professional Learning collaborates with partners on instructional design, pilot programs, and other work to benefit educators in refugee displacement, crisis, migration, and resettlement contexts.
Contact Julie Kasper at email@example.com to discuss your ideas.
How can I support the Refugee Educator Academy?
The vitally important work of the Refugee Educator Academy is made possible through generous support from individuals, institutions, and corporate sponsors. To support the Refugee Educator Academy at the Center for Professional Learning, please visit our Donations page.