The Cambridge Network

Fostering Emotional Well-Being in International Students

Supporting International Students: From Culture Shock to Integration and Adaptation
Monday, June 19 – 10:30 am

Emotional learning takes on added significance for international students from non-English-speaking countries pursuing education in high schools in the United States. This workshop will provide practical insights into how communities around international students, comprising of schools, host families and peers, can support the students emotionally and help them adapt successfully to the new environment.


Unconference: Addressing Misconceptions of New International Students in US High Schools
Monday, June 19 – 2:30 pm

International students, especially those coming from Asian cultures, may have misconceptions about lifestyles and academics in the United States. For example, “American education is relaxing, full of fun, not exam-oriented,” or “My kid is young, so he/she can adapt to new environment very quickly.” The misconceptions are typically based on factors such as exposure to pop culture images, preconceived notions and even prior visits to the US as tourists. Presenters will introduce common misconceptions and their implications for new students as they deal with misaligned expectations. Presenters will invite attendees to share their own experiences and ideas on effective strategies to address misconceptions and help students adjust emotionally to achieve success in school.

Developing Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Competencies in International Students
Tuesday, June 20 – 10:30 am

The five cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies that CASEL has identified are: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. Development of these competencies is critical for the success of international students pursuing secondary school education in the US. Depending on their native cultures, students need specific guidance to develop the skills in these areas. This interactive workshop will offer case studies based on real-life examples to illustrate best practices that help international students develop the CASEL competencies and in turn promote emotional well-being and performance in high school.