Virtual School Meanderings

August 1, 2020

Helping Newcomers Navigate The U.S. School System & More

Note the online learning item about three items down.

July 2020 Newsletter
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Starting School in the US: A guide for newcomer students' families
With the goal of helping educators and policymakers use data and evidence to improve student outcomes, we are pleased to share the following REL Northwest research and resources.


Guide Helps Newcomer Students’ Families Navigate the U.S. School System

Starting a new school can be difficult—especially for newcomer immigrant and refugee students, whose families may not be familiar with the U.S. education system. Our new resource, Starting School in the United States: A Guide for Newcomer Students’ Families, provides answers to many questions newcomer families typically have about the U.S. school system. Specifically, the guide (which is available in Arabic, English, Somali, and Spanish) offers research-based guidance on the registration process, how families can get involved in their children’s education, the rights every student has under U.S. law, and more. We encourage schools, districts, and refugee agencies to provide a link to the guide on their website and print copies for newcomer families.


Activities for Families to Help Children Practice Math

Research has shown that children can recognize basic math principles at a young age. Parents and caregivers can seize opportunities throughout the day to talk to their children about math—including numbers and operations, geometry, and patterns. We partnered with REL Appalachia and REL Central to compile a set of online resources that offer research-based activities with easy-to-follow steps to help families support young children’s math skills during a typical day.


Ways to Create Welcoming, Bully-Free Online Learning Environments

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, most students believed cyberbullying was a major problem. With students spending a lot more time online, it’s critical to know how to prevent cyberbullying and ensure victims of cyberbullying get help. Our new blog post explains the nuances of cyberbullying and shares five research-based strategies educators can use to create online learning environments in which all students feel safe and that they belong.


How to Support School Employees’ Health and Well-Being

A stakeholder recently asked, “What does the research say about evidence-based practices and programs that support K–12 school employee health, resilience, and well-being?” Our Ask A REL librarian searched the literature on this topic and compiled a list of recent, publicly available references and resources. View other featured responses to education-related research questions from the region—or submit your own—on our website.


Insights and information for unprecedented times:

REL Northwest’s goal is to deepen collaboration and evidence use among educators and policymakers on important educational issues identified by stakeholders across the Northwest region. Together, we are putting research into action.

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This newsletter was prepared under Contract ED-IES-17-C-0009 by Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest, administered by Education Northwest. The content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of IES or the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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