Successfully addressing migration-related diversity in classrooms and schools is one of the most pressing issues that will increase in importance in the coming decades. Building evidence-based knowledge regarding how best to decrease educational disparities and increase chances for positive academic development for all children are necessary for a sustainable and successful society.
In July 2016 and August 2018, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), we successfully held two international conferences on this topic with attendees from 21 different countries. This year our theme is: Social Belonging and Cohesion in Multicultural Schools and Societies
We know from various literatures that strong and positive connections to people and places are important for both those with and without immigration experiences. We will highlight how social belonging and cohesion can be promoted to support positive academic and socioemotional development in diverse classrooms.