When Schools Focus on Refugees with Clare Fulp Transformative Principal 174

Clare Fulp is the principal of an Chugach Optional and we talk today about her work running a summer school program for refugee students in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • School designed for new-to-country students
  • Director of ELL for Anchorage School District
  • Qtel institute
  • No walls or doors between the classrooms, project-based learning, little direct instruction.
  • Open learning
  • How to set up the culture of a school for the success in an open classroom.
  • Soft skills taught to kids.
  • Seth Godin, Let’s stop calling them soft skills.
  • Changed approach from just ELL teachers getting the gig.
  • How to hire the right people for this position.
  • Each team member is bringing their own strength to this group.
  • Looking for great passion.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Self, Social, City, State, World
  • Most Likely to Succeed
  • Working with current K-6 students. 230 kids total.
  • How to deal with refugees: have an open heart.
  • An interest in the world.
  • Couldn’t think past a day as a refugee.
  • Misconceptions about language
  • Vigotsky Zone of Proximal Development
  • Kids are so much better at learning languages than adults.
  • Younger/Elder approach
  • Goal is not testing, but SEL, Math, and Literacy.
  • Community engagement with the process - Community block party
  • Teaching kids how to take care of their teeth.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Connect with kids, know their names, It’s all about relationships.

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