The International Rescue Committee’s New Jersey Office for Refugees is excited to launch a new professional development offering for educators: Toxic Stress and Well-being among Students Affected by Forced Migration. This course is developed in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education and draws from the International Rescue Committee’s expertise in implementing education and social-emotional learning programs with conflict-affected children around the world. The course is freely available on the Kaya learning platform and will be accessible through the NJDOE’s website. Participants who complete and receive a completion certificate may use the hours toward New Jersey’s 100 Professional Development hours required. Content is organized around the following learning objectives:
• Learn from students and families who have experienced forced migration first-hand through multimedia sources about forced migration, toxic stress, and their experiences with school and life in a new country
• Examine the links between students’ toxic stress, learning, and well-being
• Learn about resources available within schools and communities to support students affected by toxic stress
• Be introduced to key elements of Healing Learning Spaces
The New Jersey Office for Refugees will host a webinar on Monday, April 12th at 1 PM Eastern and introduce the course, including the knowledge and skills you will gain, as well as options for using and adapting the learning content in your own classroom.