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The Road to Integration

Education and Migration

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Migration has been at the centre of policy debates across the OECD in recent years. This synthesis report identifies eight pillars of policy-making that the Strength through Diversity project has revealed to be crucial if education systems to effectively support newcomers. For each pillar, the report details a set of principles driving the design and implementation of system-level policies and school-level practices. The eight pillars are: 1. consider the heterogeneity of immigrant populations, 2. develop approaches to promote the overall well-being of immigrants, 3. address the unique needs of refugee students, 4. ensure that motivation translates into a key asset for immigrant communities, 5. organise resources to reduce the influence of socio-economic status on the outcomes of immigrants, 6. provide comprehensive language support, 7. build the capacity of teachers to deal with diversity, and 8. break down barriers to social cohesion while ensuring effective service delivery.

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Build the capacity of teachers to deal with diversity

Teachers are considered key actors in schools and training institutions in supporting immigrant students reach their full potential. However, increasingly diverse schools and classrooms require a strong capacity from teachers. Teachers might be aware of the importance of supporting immigrant students and are willing to do so, however, many may lack the necessary skills to offer effective support. Therefore, teachers need to receive initial teacher training and professional development opportunities to respond to the specific needs of immigrants, and adapt their teaching practices to more diverse classrooms. This chapter examines policies and practices that can help build the capacity of teachers to manage diverse classrooms. Examples include: hiring professionals that reflect the student body, integrating diversity and inter-cultural topics into initial teacher education, offering continuous professional development in diversity, supporting teachers in diverse classrooms and preparing school principals for diversity in schools.

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