Registering and Enrolling Refugee and Immigrant Students in Secondary Schools

Event Type
Start Date
08/12/2022 - 2:00 PM EDT
End Date
08/12/2022 - 3:30 PM EDT

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), in collaboration with Education Northwest, hosted a webinar where panelists discussed best practices and resources for facilitating refugee and immigrant students’ transition into U.S. schools, including scheduling considerations, academic evaluations, and options for registering newcomer students who arrive without academic credentials or who do not meet state academic requirements. The panelists also discussed models of academic background review and assessment that can be used during newcomer immigrant registration and enrollment to set students on a success trajectory and pathway to graduation. This important conversation featured Manuel Vazquez Cano and Jason Greenberg Motamedi, Ph.D. of Education Northwest.

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Registering and Enrolling Refugee and Immigrant Students in Secondary Schools














Webinar Agenda

  • 05:00 – Background Data and Policy – Supreet Anand
  • 11:55 – Best Practices for Refugee and Immigrant Student Registration and Enrollment – Jason Greenberg Motamedi 
  • 25:26 – Woodburn School District Supports for Newcomers Transitioning to U.S. Schools – Chrissy Chapman
  • 33:30 – Louisville, KY Resettlement Agency Services to Help Register Newcomers in Schools – Layne Sanders
  • 40:50 – Approaches to Intaking Prior Academic Experience – Manuel Vazquez Cano
  • 56:08 – Highline Public School District Approaches to Awarding Credit for Prior Schooling Experiences – Bernard Koontz
  • 1:02:41 – Louisville, KY Resettlement Agency Supports with Documentation for School Registration – Adrienne Eisenmenger
  • 1:10:44 – Oregon Department of Education Equitable Approaches to Registering Newcomers – Mary Martinez-Wenzl
  • 1:17:02 – Q & A
  • 1:26:24 – Resources, Certificate of Completion

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