Full title: Back to School: Classroom best practices when supporting the learning needs and language acquisition of survivors of war and torture.
Presenters: David Burt, LINC 3-4 Teacher, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT), and Mbalu Lumor, Senior Manager, Programs and Newcomer Services, CCVT.
August 30, 2022
September is a time of new beginnings in the academic year as students across all education levels start or return to school. Teachers and instructors will open classroom doors to welcome an increased number of newcomers. This is due to the steady flow of refugees fleeing armed conflict and more arrivals because of pandemic restrictions being eased. Trauma from the migration journey can surface in the classroom for both newcomer adult learners and children. Teachers may feel they lack the wherewithal to appropriately respond to trauma and psychological distress in pupils.
From supporting student and educator mental health to adapting teaching practices to navigate the ever-changing needs of communities affected by the pandemic, educators must learn new skills to take care of themselves and ensure student success in a post-coronavirus world. How do you create a trauma-informed classroom? how do you use trauma- informed pedagogy if you are a LINC instructor or a elementary or high school educator or support staff?
Join this webinar to:
- Enhance your knowledge on best practices for supporting survivors who experienced trauma due to war, torture, crimes against humanity
- Learn the do’s and don’ts when working with survivors
- Hear tips on Language Instructors commitment to Truth and Reconciliation when working with Newcomers
- Learn about self-care for teachers
- Share and network with peers
About the presenters
David Burt has been teaching English both in Canada and internationally for over 30 years. He has spent the last 20years working with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) teaching LINC 3-4.
Mbalu Lumor is the Senior Manager, Programs and Newcomer services and has been working with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) for many years. Mbalu is passionate about Social Justice, Public Education and Human Rights. She has extensive experience working with diverse groups, providing trauma related counseling, program design, management, evaluation and group facilitation. Mbalu is the lead person in public education and has participated locally, nationally and international forums and conferences.