The International Newcomer Center (INC) accommodates approximately 70 – 80 middle-school level students with two teachers and two specialists in English as a Second Language. Students in the INC come from countries all over the world, including Burma, Somalia, Tanzania, Malaysia, and Sudan. An ideal class size would be up to 15 students, but could vary on the number of refugees enrolling in Milwaukee Public Schools. MPS enrolls dozens of immigrant and refugee children each year, seeing an influx of Somali and Burmese children in the past ten years, as families flee their troubled countries and seek a new life.
Students in the International Newcomer Center participate in learning journeys and other opportunities to enhance their academic achievement. Click on any link below to view articles and pictures from these experiences.
- 3rd Annual Thanksgiving International Feast
- MPS Superintendent Dines with Newcomer Center
- 8th Grade Graduation – Class of 2014
- Great Wall Mural – Painted by INC Students
- Country Research and Mini World Cup Tourney
- City-Wide Track Meet Participation – Spring 2014
- Neighborhood House Nature Center — Garlic Mustard Pulling, Spring 2014
- Dental Associates Visit, Teach Oral Health
- Service Learning Visit from South Division High School, Spring 2014
- Learning Journey – Maple Sugaring, Spring 2014
- Project Staying Alive and the Milwaukee Fire Department visits the Newcomer Center December 2013
- Newcomer Center Thanksgiving Feast 2013
- Kettle Moraine State Forest Learning Journey – Fall 2013
- Newcomer Orchestra at Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA)
Students in the Newcomer Center are taught using a method called “Sheltered Instruction.” This teaching method involves using scaffolding, visuals such as picture dictionaries and realia, and both content and language objectives.
Below is a list of websites essential in understanding and teaching English Language Learners. These sites are highly beneficial for teachers, and are also helpful for students and families in appreciating ELLs’ unique backgrounds.