Curriculum Resources for Educators

An art therapy intervention for symptoms of post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety among syrian refugee children 

(key words: art therapy, dynamic therapy, PTSD, depression, anxiety)

Conducted in Turkey at a large Syrian refugee camp, children from the ages of 7-12 volunteered to participate in this study which used a variety of art therapies to treat the children: music, movement and art. Post assessment results from the study showed that these forms of art therapy greatly reduced PTSD, depression and anxiety among the participants. Art therapy can be an effective tool within the classroom to help students express their own thoughts and cope with trauma.

In Search of Safety: Teaching about Europe’s Refugee Crisis

(key words: integration, cultural awareness, education)

UNICEF has collated and provided a free, downloadable education pack for both students (age 7 and up) and teachers to help understand the potential discussions surrounding the Syrian crisis. The education pack enables an understanding of how to be culturally sensitive and integrative for Syrian refugee children within school, in and among the classroom.

Teaching Refugees with Limited Formal Schooling

(key words: development, attachment practices, language, literacy)

 This Canadian website offers educators resources on how to educate younger learners with little to no English language proficiency or formal schooling practices. The site also includes materials for how to interact and build relationships with parents who have strong attachments to their young children.

Resource Guide for Supporting Children with Refugee Experience. A Surrey Welcoming Communities Project

(key words: trauma, integration, classroom, art therapy, music, play)

The Surrey Welcoming Communities Project offers an exhaustive list of myths surrounding refugees and breaks those myths by offering historical data and current assessment of the Syrian crisis. Towards the end of the document are a list of in-depth resources for educators to help children cope with trauma through art, music and play.

UNICEF Action for Children Today

(key words: teacher, curriculum, integration, classroom)

UNICEF’s website offers a large variety of resources for teachers in educating their classroom on the Syrian crisis. In addition, the site provides downloadable magazines suited for younger learners which educate them on other children around the world in hostile situations. 

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Handbook for Teachers of English

(key words: discrimination, invisible differences, ethics, ESL learners)

Produced by English teachers for English teachers, this handbook is a useful guide for creating diverse learning environments within the classroom and within the education sector. The quality of education for English learners can be greatly enriched when unique methods are applied. Teaching is not prescriptive, as this guide indicates, but it is malleable and needs diversity in order to acheive the success of learners.

Teaching English as a Second Language Blog

(key words: promising practices, grammar, literacy, classroom activities, andragogy)

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Association of Ontario has created a community blog from certified TESL teachers in the Ontario region. This is a helpful resource for educators as it documents promising practices, proposes non-traditional methods for teaching English, and provides personal experiences of educators through an honest lens.

Advanced Learning Resource for Adult Learners

Ministry of Advanced Education

(key words: adult, advanced learning, ESL)

Ministry of Advanced Education of BC has created a section on their site for adults who wish to advance their adult education. This would be a great resource to pass along to parents of children who are ready for a furthered education.