This course will address Somalia’s modern history, migration patterns, and the beliefs and values of Somali families. Participants will learn the ways in which immigration has impacted Somali families and their children. Through storytelling, readings, and community field trips, teachers will expand their knowledge of how to engage with Somali children and families. We’ll pay special attention to classroom community and culture, oral language, and literacy development. Educators with students from other East African countries and cultures (such as Ethiopian, Oromo, Kenyan) will benefit, although this course will focus on the Somali culture. Participants will be required to purchase a text resource (the title will be determined and communicated to participants closer to the start date).
- Develop a knowledge base that allows them to demonstrate increased level of cultural competency when working with Somali students and families.
- Understand Somali history, educational philosophies; religious values as well as explore the intersection of culture and language with social and emotional learning.
Teachers, especially ones working with PK-5 learners and their families; other grades are welcome as well.
Class Dates, Times and Locations
- Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM @ MFT
- Saturday, June 30th, 2018 – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM @ MFT
- Saturday, July 7th, 2018 – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM @ MFT
- Saturday, August 4th, 2018 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM @ MFT
- Saturday, August 11th, 2018 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM @ MFT
Register for the training on eCompass. Search course #92423 and section #112410.
- Mariam Adam, ESL Teacher, Anne Sullivan