How resettled students learn English in the Akron Public Schools 

by Megan McSweeney Loi Dang-Nguyen is the English as a second language and foreign language learning specialist in the Akron Public Schools. For her, the job is personal. Coming from Vietnam in the ‘70s, she and her family were some of the first refugees to be resettled in Akron.  “My goal is to make sure that our refugees and immigrants do have access so that they will continue to excel,” Dang-Nguyen said. According to the U.S. Department of Education, all school-aged children have a right to public education, regardless of immigration status. Lacking documents, such as birth certificates and social...

Blazing a trail to literacy

A woman studying. Courtesy of Project Learn. Su Ya always knew that education was the key to a successful future. It was the one consistent thing in her turbulent life. Books became her source of solace throughout her 12 years living at a Thailand refugee camp. Ya attended school through the 11th grade before immigrating to the United States.  When she got to Ohio, Ya was determined to make something of herself. She even borrowed her brother’s GED textbooks to work towards completing her education. Ya found Project Learn while looking for local GED testing sites; however, they helped her...