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Teachers in Crisis

What are the best ways to provide quality, relevant, supportive and motivational professional development for refugee teachers?

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We must do a better job supporting teachers working in refugee contexts, especially refugee teachers who may be new to the profession. They need interactive and hands-on training opportunities to learn about teaching, ongoing in-service support, mentoring and other collaborative opportunities. We have the opportunity to pilot new approaches to supporting teachers -- mobile mentoring! We also need to ask the teachers themselves what they need as they know first hand what their strengths and weaknesses are and the challenges they face in the classroom. We need to document good teaching practices by refugee teachers to share with others vs. bringing in outside resources/models that may not be relevant to the context. The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) recently published Where It's Needed Most: Quality Professional Development for All Teachers which is a great start in drawing attention to the needs of teachers. We can and have to do better! The teachers deserve it and the learners in their classrooms have a right to receive a quality education.

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