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How Can School Psychologists Better Help ENL & Refugee Populations?: A Cult...

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Melissa Hooper of the University at Buffalo Language Institute and Kelly Cooper of Buffalo Public Schools present How Can School Psychologists Better Help ENL & Refugee Populations?: A Cultural Series Workshop.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the cultures of the refugees and immigrants in schools in and around Buffalo/ Western NY. The workshop focuses on celebrating diversity in the classroom and the importance of making connections to the backgrounds of students. The workshop will go into why and how refugees and immigrants come to Buffalo, the history of conflicts in the students' home countries, conditions in areas where students may have grown up, examples of prior education, and special considerations for school psychologists. There will be a focus on students from Asia particularly refugees from Burma, Nepal, and also on students from Africa and the Middle East especially students from Somalia, Congo, Iraq, Yemen, and Syria. Finally, there will be a discussion around ELL identification and placement procedures.

Melissa Hooper holds a New York State Teaching Certification and a Master’s Degree in TESOL. She spent the beginning of her professional career abroad teaching English as a Second Language in Japan, Malaysia and Chile. Upon returning to the United States, she spent three years teaching English as a Second Language/English Language Arts in an international high school in the Bronx, NY. For the past five years, while living in her hometown of Buffalo, she worked as an instructor in the Intensive English Program at the English Language Institute at UB and as an ESL mentor-teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools.

Kelly Cooper began her professional career working at Journey's End Refugee Services as both a Refugee School Impact Grant Coordinator and as a case manager. She earned her Master's Degree in TESOL at the University at Buffalo and has been teaching ENL at Lafayette High School and the Newcomer Academy for 5 years. She has received extensive training from CUNY specializing in the Bridges Program for students identified as SIFE (Students with Interrupted Formal Education) . She volunteers with pregnant refugee women through the Priscilla Project and the Buffalo News named her a "Friend of Burma" in 2016 with their "From Buffalo to Burma" series. She has been presenting her Culture Series through Niagara University for two years.

We will be offering 2.5 official NASP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits!

Following this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify reasons refugees come to Buffalo

  2. Describe the process by which ELL students are identified and placed in classrooms.

  3. Identity at least two considerations school psychologists


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