Refugee Parents and Students

Once Refugee Parents Awaken To Their Role In Schools, The ‘System Will Never Be The Same’
Posted on 02/27/2024
teacher speaks with refugee student

When it comes to participation in their children’s education, refugee families often face overwhelming barriers. The challenges run from teachers who speak a different language to incomprehensible rules and customs.

In the end, newcomer children often slip further and further behind their peers.

At Kenton Elementary — part of Aurora Public Schools — fifth grade teacher Gracie Binder is about to start her next parent teacher conference. First, there’s something she has to do. She needs to call for a Burmese interpreter.