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Refugee Resources

  • Written English to Spoken Pashto (works in the browser but not the app)
  • Switchboard - Resettlement Resources are resources for Welcoming Afghan Refugees.
  • New: BRYCS (Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services), a longtime federal, has wonderful resources, including those specifically for schools. This organization works with all refugees.
  • Immigrant Connections offers this comprehensive list of Resources to Orient Afghans to K-12 Education in the U.S. including resources in Dari and Pashto.
  • The International Institute of New England (IINE) and Dr. Rachel Lehr present: IINE Afghan Cultural Orientation Webinar -- November 2021. This 2-hour training, held on Zoom, explores the geography, languages, and culture of Afghanistan, as we prepare to welcome hundreds of Afghan evacuees to New England.
  • The U.S. Department of Education has curated a collection of educational, student, and family engagement, and general cultural and linguistic documents to help school districts and other organizations support Afghan refugees.
  • Colorin Colorado has articles and links to many resources at How Schools Can Partner with Afghan Refugee Families.
  • Ascentria Care Alliance has a Cultural Mentorship program page with resources under the Afghan Cultural Training.
  • Family Engagement Resources Available in Dari and Pashto (from WIDA): As refugee students and families from Afghanistan begin their school journey in the U.S., WIDA decided to translate and publish some of our family engagement resources in Dari and Pashto--two languages are spoken in Afghanistan. The newly translated print resources, which are housed on the WIDA Family Engagement web page under Explain ELL Status and Language Testing and Promote and Support Family Engagement, help explain topics like determining EL status and language testing and providing families with strategies to support children's language development.

*Resources compiled by DESE's Office of Language Acquisition team about welcoming our new Afghan students.