REPLAY:  Supporting Students with Interrupted Formal Education

Join English Learner Portal colleagues Brenda Custodio and Judith O'Laughlin as they discuss this growing sub-group of English learners.

Recorded on January 31, 2022

In this webinar, Brenda and Judith shared:

  • a description of students with interrupted education (SIFE/SLIFE);
  • causes of interrupted schooling;
  • two main categories of SLIFE in Western schools: Refugees and Latinos; 
  • issues unique to SLIFE; and
  • academic and socio-emotional supports needed.


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Meet the Presenters

Dr. Brenda Custodio is a former secondary ESL teacher, a district-level resource teacher, and building administrator with Columbus City Schools in Ohio. She helped to create the newcomer program and the sheltered content courses for secondary level SIFE learners for the district. She is a frequent presenter at both the state and national level on topics of literacy development, refugee resettlement, newcomer programs, trauma-informed strategies for immigrants, and SIFE. She has written three professional books: How to Design and Implement a Newcomer Program, Students with Interrupted Formal Education: Bridging Where They Are and What They Need and Supporting the Journey of English Learners with Trauma.
Judith B. O’Loughlin, M.Ed., a former New Jersey K-8 ESL and special education teacher, works with K–12 teachers, providing professional development on newcomers, SIFE, sheltered differentiated instruction, and intervention tiers for students at risk. She has taught graduate-level TESOL endorsement courses. She is a frequent presenter at TESOL, NABE, CABE, and CATESOL. Her publications include the Academic Language Accelerator and chapters in three edited books: The CCSS in English Language Arts for Grades K–5, Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms, Mathematics, Grades 3-5, and Co-Teaching and Other Collaborative Practices in The EFL/ESL Classroom.
Judith is the co-author of both Students with Interrupted Formal Education: Bridging Where They Are and What They Need and Supporting the Journey of English Learners with Trauma with Brenda Custodio.