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Immigrants and Refugees

Immigrant and Refugee 

Immigrants and Refugees account for the significant portion of the increase in schools nationally and locally.  Immigrants are individuals who immigrate; or take up residents in a new country. Refugees are immigrants who flee their home country in fear of because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

E-Learning Course: Creating Safe and Healthy Environments for Immigrant and Refugee Youth

This series of four e-courses titled, Creating Safe and Healthy Environments for Immigrant and Refugee Youth, will  help with planning and implementing practices that create welcoming environments, learning engagement and success for immigrant and refugee students in Wisconsin schools. All four interactive modules are designed to support educators, educational staff and leaders at all levels to enhance their understanding by working in the e-course modules individually or in groups. Within each module you links to supplementary resources and templates to support learning.


Refugee School Impact Grant

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction makes available through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), within the Department of Health and Human Services, provides funds through in the form of discretionary grants. The purpose of this program is to assist refugee children in improving their academic performance and social adjustment to school.  The term newly arrived refugees refers to individuals who were not born in this country and who have been attending schools in one or more states for less than three complete academic years. 

Refugee Resources:

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children Services

Refugee Education and Integration Service Center

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (Refugee Program)

For questions about this information, contact Audrey Lesondak (608) 266-7292