Colorin Colorado: Helping children read... and succeed!

Teachers who work with English as a Second Language learners will find ESL/ESOL/ELL/EFL reading/writing skill-building children's books, stories, activities, ideas, strategies to help PreK-3, 4-8, and 9-12 students learn to read.

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Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFEs)

Enabling Academic Success for Secondary Students with Limited Formal Schooling*

A research report from Brown University addressing concerns about SIFE education. The report documents a successful literacy program in a Boston public school: the Haitian Literacy Program at Hyde Park High School.

The Vancouver Sun: A Tough Beginning

This articles tells the story of student Johnny Romah, and discusses efforts in Canada to educate SIFE students.

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)

Provides technical assistance to service providers working with refugee children and their families in the U.S.

BRYCS: Welcoming and Orienting Newcomer Students to U.S. Schools

Resources targeted towards helping newcomer students adjust to their U.S. school environment.

Human Rights Watch: Children's Rights

Information, articles, and reports on refugee, displaced, and migrant children.

Immigrant Students and Secondary School Reform: A Compendium of Best Practices

A comprehensive resource guide published by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) that highlights best practices for a variety of ELL student needs and offers descriptions of instructional programs designed around best practices.

Innovative Policies and Practices for Developing Teachers to Work with ELLs

A PowerPoint presentation from Margarita Calderón that describes characteristics of SIFEs, their academic needs, and a professional development model designed to meet their unique educational requirements.

Keys to Success for Bilingual Students with Limited Formal Schooling

This article describes how one teacher successfully worked with elementary-level SIFE bilingual students. Freeman, Yvonne. Bilingual Research Journal. National Association for Bilingual Education, 2001.

KidsHealth: PTSD

This article from KidsHealth provides an overview of causes, signs, and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and how children can be affected and treated by PTSD.

National Institute of Mental Health: PTSD Information

Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including definitions of key terms, and information on helping children and adolescents cope with PTSD. Information is also available in Spanish.

Secondary Newcomer Programs: Helping Recent Immigrants Prepare for School Success

This article by researcher Dr. Deborah Short provides an overview of newcomer programs and how they address students linguistic, academic, and acculturation needs.

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service: Information for New Immigrants

Links to a booklet, "Welcome to the United States." The booklet covers basic information about housing, jobs, education and healthcare in the U.S. Downloadable in multiple languages.

UNICEF: Education Information

UNICEF Information by country about universal education.

Welcoming Refugees

This initiative and website from the Office of Refugee Resettlement includes multimedia resources, including archived webinars, videos, and social network communities.

Worldwide Literacy: ELL Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) in New York City Schools

This document presents statistics from a variety of countries on levels of education and literacy around the world. Published by the Long Island University Spanish Language Bilingual/ESL Technical Assistance Center. New York State Education. May 2005.