It Starts with Us: Including Refugees in Rural Schools and Communities

  • Alice M. Wille University of Northern Colorado
  • Miranda K. Maher University of Northern Colorado
  • Sibyl R. Cornell University of Northern Colorado
  • Angelica Coumanova Kim University of Northern Colorado
  • Brad Reimers Poudre School District
  • Robyn S. Hess University of Northern Colorado
Keywords: rural, rural education, refugees, school personnel, English language learners, inclusive communities, family-school relationships

Abstract

Rural school personnel across three districts and states were interviewed to learn their experiences working with refugee youth and their families. These eleven individuals held different roles including administrators, special service providers, and teachers of English language learners (ELL). Through qualitative analysis, the broad themes of communication, differences, resources, curriculum, collaboration, and family-school relationships were identified. Data were used to develop recommendations for promoting the inclusion of newcomer youth in rural schools.

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Author Biographies

Alice M. Wille, University of Northern Colorado

Alice M. Wille is a graduate student in the Department of School Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado.

Miranda K. Maher, University of Northern Colorado

Miranda K. Maher is a graduate student in the Department of School Psychology at the University of Northern Colarado.

Sibyl R. Cornell, University of Northern Colorado

Sibyl R. Cornell is a graduate student in the Department of School Psychology at the University of Northern Colarado.

Angelica Coumanova Kim, University of Northern Colorado

Angelica Coumanova Kim is a graduate student in the Department of School Psychology at the University of Northern Colarado

Brad Reimers, Poudre School District

Brad Reimers works in the Poudre School District in Colorado.

Robyn S. Hess, University of Northern Colorado

Robyn S. Hess is a professor in the Department of School Pychology at the University of Northern Colorado.

Published
2019-07-24
How to Cite
Wille, A. M., Maher, M. K., Cornell, S. R., Kim, A. C., Reimers, B., & Hess, R. S. (2019). It Starts with Us: Including Refugees in Rural Schools and Communities. The Rural Educator, 40(2), 33-42. https://doi.org/10.35608/ruraled.v40i2.850
Section
Research Articles