Clearinghouse Resource

Title

Educational Handbook for Refugee Parents

Authors/Editors

International Rescue Committee

Publisher(s)

New York, NY: International Rescue Committee

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

2006, 82 pages

Description of Resource

Acquaints refugee parents with the U.S. school system; school grade levels; expectations of students at each level in terms of academics and personal conduct; and parents' responsibilities in ensuring that their children meet the school system expectations. The International Rescue Committee encourages parents to meet with their children's teachers and frequently talk with their children about their schoolwork, as well as urge their children to pursue college. Step-by-step instructions clarify the procedures for choosing a college, the application process, and securing financial aid. An appendix details resources that address parents' specific needs: finding an interpreter; scheduling meetings with teachers or administrators; obtaining permission for a child's absence or late arrival; requesting a fee waiver or free lunch; and requesting resources for families learning English.

The handbook is also available in Spanish, French, Somali, and Burmese.

Languages

Burmese, English, French, Somali, Spanish

Availability

http://www.brycs.org/documents/upload/Educational-Handbook-English.pdf