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LEADERSHIP UPDATE
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Teresa Torchiano, Independent Consultant, Brooklyn, New York, USA
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ARTICLES
KARENNI REFUGEE WEAVES AGAIN
Natasha Agrawal, Carroll Robbins Elementary School, Trenton, New Jersey, USA

ESL teacher Natasha Agrawal crafts the account of KaHlaw Meh, a Karenni master weaver whose story begins in a Thai refugee camp. Through traditional backstrap loom work, KaHlaw was sustained through tumultuous camp life and is now able to share her art and culture with others in her resettled home in New Jersey. Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH BRENDA CUSTODIO
Teresa Torchiano, Independent Consultant, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Brenda Custodio is a former assistant principal of the newcomer school, Columbus Global Academy, and currently serves on the school’s advisory council in Columbus, Ohio, USA. She is also the author of How to Implement a Newcomer School (2010). In this interview, Brenda discusses how she worked to create a newcomer school from the ground up. Read More

MY PERSONAL METAPHORS
Pre Dee Hser, Ithaca, New York, USA

A bird, a hospital, a circle. Refugee college student Pre Dee Hser is all of these things. In this unique piece, Pre Dee uses her poetic voice to capture and express her own life experience, bravery, and personality while paying homage to her native Karen culture. Read More

MY LIFE AS A REFUGEE
Eh Tha Dah, Ithaca, New York, USA

Eh Tha Da, a Karenni refugee resettled in the United States, was forced to flee his idyllic Burmese village when it was rocked by war. In this first-hand account of refugee camp life, Eh Tha Da expresses the hope of many refugees: the wish to thrive and help others that know his story firsthand and help others. Read More

ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY
REFUGEE EDUCATION ELECTRONIC ARCHIVE
Cathrene Connery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA
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