AskNCELA is back with more responses to FAQs from OELA’s January webinar Education and Afghan Newcomers: Keeping the Promise, hosted in partnership with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Office for Civil Rights:
1. What are best practices around trauma-informed learning?
One of the resources from the U.S. Department of Education is The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, which is funded by the Office of Safe and Supportive Schools. The Center provides information and technical assistance to states, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities for improving school climate and conditions for learning. When equipped with the right resources and support, educators and educational stakeholders can collaborate to create and sustain safe, engaging, and healthy school environments that support student academic success. The Center’s website includes information about training and technical assistance, products and tools, as well as latest research findings.
You may also find the page on Cultural and Linguistic Competence helpful as you work to support Afghan newcomers.
2. To what extent does immigration status affect Afghans’ access to Federal Aid and other scholarships to attend higher education?
Students who are not U.S. citizens but have permanent resident status may qualify for financial aid. More information and frequently asked questions about federal student aid and non-U.S. citizens can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.