REFUGEE EDUCATOR ACADEMY
The Refugee Educator Academy, flagship program of the Center for Learning in Practice, is an online learning network and Community of Practice designed to support educators and to offer sustainable, holistic learning opportunities for teachers working in refugee displacement, migration, and resettlement contexts.
Effectively teaching refugees and providing education in emergency, displacement, and migration contexts calls for specific, comprehensive, and sustained professional learning opportunities. The REA(Refugee Educator Academy) is designed with these specific needs in mind. The REA offers an integrated system of learning opportunities and professional support that includes online, hybrid, and offline courses, webinars, workshops, toolkits, micro-credentials, and communities of practice marked by excellent facilitation, evidence-based methodologies and resources, and strong relationships among participants.
We invite educators working in refugee resettlement contexts across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere to join us this summer for a rich learning opportunity within a vibrant community of practice.
Between January 2021 and June 2022, the Center for Learning in Practice will co-develop-with local refugee educators, NGO, government ministry, and other partners-Open Education Resource (OER) teacher professional learning courses, toolkits, and assessments in 3 languages: English, Arabic, and French. These materials will support the continuous professional development of primary and secondary school educators in refugee and displacement contexts, including national schools, camp settings, and informal learning centers with a focus on educators working with students between the ages of 9-15.
Registration open now for series of 10 webinars on the promise & possibilities of refugee education. Join us to connect with refugee educators and researchers around the world to deepen your understanding of refugee education in displacement, migration, & resettlement contexts.
The Center for Learning in Practice at the Carey Institute for Global Good, UNHCR, and the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium have joined together to strengthen capacity in the MENA region for faculty to understand and effectively use digital pedagogies, with particular consideration for refugees.
This series, designed for and presented by educators working with students of refugee backgrounds, aims to move beyond foundational knowledge and skills to explore the ways we, as educators, might contribute to more joyful teaching and learning experiences and more equitable outcomes for students.
REA Impact to date
The Refugee Educator Academy strives to increase the number and accelerate the preparation of qualified educators and service providers in refugee displacement, migration, and resettlement contexts around the world. Over the past 3 years, the REA has served educators in more than 50 countries and 4 continents, directly impacting more than 500 educators, who collectively reach about 50,000 learners.
“[As a result of my participation in the REA], I am altering things that I felt very strongly about because I am realizing that many of those practices before were encouraging conformity rather than embracing differences and being culturally responsive.”
“I appreciate this initiative of empowering us as refugee educators. For me it has been a gift from heaven, because I am no longer the same as I was before joining this course, and I will not be the way I am now at the end of this course.”
“[The Refugee Educator Foundations of Practice Course from the REA] has helped me feel less isolated in my role. It’s also made me realize the breadth of resources available to us and sparked my excitement for sharing these resources with my colleagues!”