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Welcoming Afghan Newcomer Students Back to School

This webinar is presented by Switchboard, a one-stop shop for refugee service providers in the United States. Learn more about Switchboard at

Hosted on September 7, 2022, the training was delivered by Sara Rowbottom, Senior Technical Advisor with the International Rescue Committee; Rob Callus, Switchboard Training Officer; and Madina Masumi, Switchboard Training Officer. This is the second out of two sessions regarding this topic. Each session had the same content. As the new school year begins, schools across the United States will continue to welcome newcomer students, including children and youth from Afghanistan. This webinar will provide a brief background on educational systems in Afghanistan, expand on cultural and migratory stressors, and discuss strength-based strategies to use across school settings. These topics will be explored using case studies and Switchboard’s toolkit Supporting Afghan Students in Schools & Youth Programs in the United States.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:
-Describe the circumstances of newly arrived Afghan students and their families, including the challenges they may face as they seek to adapt to the American education system
-Name core considerations for working with Afghan students and their families
-Name ways to create healing classrooms and learning spaces in your school setting