"With Students with Interrupted Formal Education: Bridging Where They Are and What They Need, Custodio and O’Loughlin have produced an important resource for teachers, school leaders, teacher educators, and community leaders. The authors show readers the many challenges that students with interrupted formal education (SIFE) face and provide critical background information on these English learners. Then the authors give specific strategies for supporting SIFE students academically, socially, and culturally.
"Custodio and O'Loughlin provide a thorough yet focused discussion of SIFE and what teachers can do to support them. Their text is recommended for those who work with these students and for those who prepare them to do so."
"Students with limited or interrupted formal education are a growing population in our schools and one that few of our teachers are prepared to serve well. Their social and educational needs are often quite different from those of the majority of culturally and linguistically diverse students and other English as an additional language learners. This book has many resources and suggestions for assistance with serving the needs of these students.
"Finally, we have an insightful and timely comprehensive resource for our schools that will be immensely helpful to serving the growing numbers of refugee and immigrant children in our classrooms today! So many of these children have fled severe persecution, war, and poverty, which means months or even years of missed schooling. With a deeply compassionate perspective based on their years of rich experience and research, Custodio and O'Loughlin cover it all in this book.
"In a much-needed new resource, Brenda Custodio and Judith O’Loughlin address a unique subgroup of English learners with empathy, aptitude, and critical insight. Students With Interrupted Formal Education provides a comprehensive picture of the complex context and rich diversity among SIFEs, while it also offers field-tested, ready-to-use, specific suggestions on how to create a positive support system for SIFEs that lead to student success!
"This seminal work is the fruit of extensive research and many years of classroom experience on the part of the authors, who truly represent the vanguard in working with Students with Interrupted Formal Education. With clarity and precision, it offers practical steps that teachers, other educational professionals, and district at large can take to champion these students to academic and social success. Designed with great compassion for an increasingly-significant student population, it is indispensable for both seasoned and younger educators alike.
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