Rethinking how schools might better include the parents of recently-arrived refugee children and youth

Presenter: Dr. Jerome Cranston, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Regina
Date: August 21st, 2019


No two refugee experiences are the same. Yet, two things that refugee parents have in common are the facts that they are survivors, and the unwavering desire that their children will have a better future. This webinar explores some of the barriers that many recently-arrived refugee parents confront as they attempt to navigate a school system that is foreign to them. It also identifies some areas where educators and education-sector partners might work to dismantle some of the systemic barriers that these parents face.

Presenter biography

Jerome Cranston, Ph.D. is a Professor and the Dean in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, which is located on Treaty 4 territory and on the traditional homeland of the Métis. He began his academic career at the University of Manitoba in 2008 and over time was asked to take on various leadership roles. Prior to that spent 16 years in the K-12 education system as a teacher, principal and superintendent in a career that spanned Canada’s “prairie” provinces.

He researches and teaches as part of an interdisciplinary, international “community of inquiry” on topics that explore formal and non-formal teacher preparation and the ethical dimensions of school leadership with a particular focus on how capacity building in the education system can transform a set of seemingly random acts – like teacher hiring - into a just enterprise.

Dr. Jerome Cranston