Session 3: School Mental Health Strategies to Support Newcomers: CBITS and Community Building Circles
When: Monday, June 21, 3-5 p.m. PT
Faculty: Claudia Rojas & Angela Castellanos
The plight of newcomers (students who have recently arrived to the United States) continues to be an issue that impacts their educational journey and is even more exacerbated during the pandemic. Students’ experiences vary, but they may include feelings of isolation, integration, and adapting to new cultural norms. This session will highlight a student’s experience and what school systems can offer to support students in traditional and distance learning settings.
The session examines shared risk and protective factors for vulnerable populations and outlines school programs like CBITS and restorative justice Community Building Circles, highlighting cultural adaptations of both models.
To deepen our awareness about (im)migrant student experiences, we:
- Build understanding of: the impact of mental health on newcomer students and its relation to their learning, adapting to the American school system, and resources to support their growth.
- Explore myths and misconceptions about newcomer students and build empathetic partnerships for their academic and social emotional growth.
- Examine the risk factors and increase support systems to enhance protective factors such as CBITS and restorative justice Community Building Circles.